So I quit my job…now what?

1st January 2018

Happy 2018 everyone!

As I’ve mentioned before, 2017 was a strange year for me, and it ended in a rather unexpected way.

I handed my notice in and quit my job.

It all happened rather quick to be honest. I made my decision on the Monday and I handed my notice in on the Tuesday. And just over a week later I finished my final day.

Although my final decision to quit was made rather swiftly, I’d actually been considering it for quite some time. I’m talking the last 6 months to a year.

I won’t go into the details of why I decided to quit but really it was a combination of issues, and ultimately I wasn’t happy there anymore. And that makes me sad because when I first started there, I really did love it.

It was a difficult choice to make, but fortunately I had a lot of support from my friends and family.

So, what do I do next?

I don’t have another job lined up, but I am looking for one. However, I’m prepared to wait to find the right job for me and I’m sure I’ll enjoy a break from going to work. In the meantime I have some freelance work to keep me busy, and I have loads of passion projects that I’m looking forward to working on.

Anyone who knows me well knows that quitting my job is completely out of character for me. I’m usually the sensible one; the one with a plan. I’ve always played by the rules. I left school, went to college, then university, got myself a degree and then a good job.

Now, I don’t know what I’m doing, or where life is going to take me, and I’m actually feeling really excited about it.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t nervous. I’m bricking it! This is completely out of my comfort zone and I’m worried about how I’m going to feel as time goes on. I know that it won’t be plain sailing, but I know this is the right decision for me in the long run.

The thing is, I love web development, and I want to continue with my career as a web developer. But I want more. I want to be better. I want more challenges, and more fun, and a chance to be more creative.

Web development isn’t just my career. It’s my passion. It’s my hobby. And I want to do incredible things with it. But in order to move forward I feel like I need to take a step sideways (Not a step back! I definitely don’t see this as a step backwards!)

It’s a clichΓ© to say “new year, new me”, but that’s how I feel this January. 2018 truly is a fresh start for me. It’s a chance to do something different. A chance to take on new challenges. A chance to progress in my career. A chance to focus on my health. A chance to live the life I want to live. A chance to feel happy again.

I’m excited for what’s to come, and I have no doubt that I will share each step of my journey here on the blog. You guys have always been so supportive of my decisions, and you’re always full of words of wisdom. I can’t explain how grateful I am for that.

Here’s to the future!

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  1. Joy

    I am so happy for you! You made the choice for your own happiness and I know it will be worth it! I look forward to what promising adventures that will come your way. 😊

    Happy New Year, Holly!

  2. *big hugs* I’ve said this to you multiple times already but I genuinely think you’re incredible. I admire you for taking control of your life and health and saying that actually, it’s time for a change! It’s difficult and you will inevitably face some challenges but so is any path you take in life, right? I’m so excited to see you grow from this and what’s to come, you can do it Holly! We’re all here supporting you πŸ€—

    Happiest New Year to you πŸ’–

    • Holly

      Aww Pauline! This comment genuinely made me cry, but in a good way. Thank you!

      I’m so excited for this year and I feel ready for all the challenges it may bring.

  3. Good luck!! It all sounds exciting and I’m glad you’ve made a decision that you feel is right for you. I’m looking forward to reading about your next adventures.

  4. Holly, you are so brave! Well done for making the choice that is right for you! Good luck with your passion projects, and the freelance work. Would you consider remaining a freelancer and starting your own business? I’m sorry your joy in your old job faded, but making a break is always the best thing to do if something isn’t making you happy!
    What an exciting start to 2018! I’m sure it will all work out amazingly for you!

    • Holly

      Aww thank you, Katy!

      I would love to go freelance full-time, and start a little business. I think it would be much better for my health in the long run. I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about it over the Christmas break and I feel like I’ll probably never get another chance like this to try it out. So watch this space, haha!

  5. Quitting a job is such a tough decision. I’ve been in the same boat for a lot of the same reasons, but haven’t committed due to fear, and well…income reasons.

    Happy New Year!

    • Holly

      I was so scared to quit. I’ve basically spent the last year telling Tyrone that I was going to do it, but I just let fear get the better of me. It’s particularly scary not having an income, but I do have savings and I’ve got a freelance project that’s quite big and will keep me going for a while.

      Happy new year to you too!

  6. It certainly sounds like you have made the right decision! I am sure that you will be able to find another job and waiting for the right one is a good idea! You have that time to see what you can do with web development and I am excited to see what happens! πŸ˜€

    • Holly

      I’m so excited to spend some time experimenting with web development and learning more. I feel like my job was restricting me, and now I’m free to do what ever!

  7. Elise

    oh my, i’ve been thinking about quitting my current workplace too but i haven’t found a new place and i’m kind of afraid to be a freeloader at home. i was excited when i first started too but the work environment is making me so frustrated. i feel like a tool who is low-key abused, in some ways. as much as i want to quit, i fear my family guilt-tripping me for not having another one lined up. it also sucks because the job of a ux designer in where i live is pretty rare. i’m not sure when i’ll quit so yeah, even if it sucks i just gotta do it right. i wish i can have the same level of courage the way you do. hopefully someday soon.

    in the mean time, good luck to you, holly!

    • Holly

      Oh no! I’m sorry to hear you’re having a bad time at work. I know that feeling.

      I was worried about what people would think of me for quitting, but actually everyone was really supportive. I think they could see how depressed I had become and were just happy to see me taking control of the situation.

      I hope you can find something else soon, Elise.

  8. I had to quit my job a few years ago with nothing lined up. It was really scary, but it was also the best thing that I’d done for myself in a long time. The few months that followed were pretty rough because of all the uncertainty, but it allowed me to really focus on me and what I wanted. Sometimes, you just have to cut what’s making you miserable to make room for things that will make you happier.

    Sending you well wishes for 2018 πŸ™‚ You got this!

    • Holly

      I’m glad to hear that quitting your job turned out to be a good decision. I already feel so much better since leaving my job.

      Thank you, Vicky!

  9. I hope you’ll find the perfect options for you, regardless if is a new job or freelancing. Good luck! xx

  10. Cat

    Wow, that’s a huge decision! Go you! If your job doesn’t make you happy anymore, that makes sense to want to leave. It can be scary to not have another job lined up, but on the bright side, I think that gives you time to really find the one you want. I imagine it’s hard and stressful to job hunt while still going to work somewhere and to try to fit in interview time somewhere in there. That’s great that you have some freelance work in the mean time! Good luck, Holly!

    • Holly

      Thank you, Cat!

      I’m actually really enjoying this time to myself to think about what I want to do next (plus sorting out some home things!). And yes, I definitely have time to attend interviews now, haha!

  11. It’s such a big thing to make a decision like that, but ultimately if you aren’t happy then it was the right decision πŸ™‚ I wish you all the best in your job hunt lovely lady x

  12. Amy-Anne Williams

    Wow, that’s so exciting! Even if you are the one to follow sensible paths and think things through, I’m sure that this change could be the best thing for you! It really is a cliche to say “new year, new me”, but in your case it seems pretty true haha.

    Here’s to a 2018 filled with doing things we love!

    Little Moon Elephant

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