Friday, April 8, 2016

I Quit My Job


 
Last month, I took a deep breath, walked in to my boss's office, and quit my job, and today is my last day. It was the single most nerve-wracking thing I have ever done in my life. Not just the moment where I turned in to my notice, but the days and weeks leading up to that moment...the thinking, the praying, the guilt. These things made it the hardest decision of my life. 

For a little bit of background information, I'm a registered nurse, and I work as a unit manager at a long term care facility (nursing home). This nursing home is where I started my very first job as an LPN, and after I graduated the second time, I was promoted to being a manager. I love my job. I love the people, the atmosphere, but mostly I love the residents who lived at the facility. They were (and still are) so special to me. 

Maybe you're thinking, Kalyn if you love your job so much, why did you quit? There were, at the time, what seemed like a lot of factors. Looking back, they seem like little things, but at the time they were big things. I was overwhelmed. Overwhelmed not only with my job responsibilities, but with my life. I needed a change: a change of scenery, a change of pace. 

As I mentioned, it was a tough decision. There was a lot of talk with my husband, my family, and much more praying for guidance. I wanted to know that I was making the right choice. You know the analogy people always give with the oxygen masks in the airplane? This was that kind of situation. I couldn't take care of other people without first taking care of myself. 

There are some people that don't "get it" when I explain that I'm making a personal decision to step back, or take a "demotion", in my new job title, and that's okay. Not everyone understands needing a little bit of self-love. Not everyone understands that life can sometimes take harder tolls on me while it doesn't affect you at all. 

This last day of work is so bittersweet. I have heard the kindest words over the last few weeks and those words really make me feel good. I've been encouraged and reminded why I first chose to become a nurse. I'm excited to be taking the next step in my nursing career, and I'm excited for the new opportunities I'll be provided. Amidst all the excitement though is just a little bit of sadness at leaving my first "real" job and workplace. I ask that you keep me in your prayers as I begin this completely new journey. 

Cheers to new beginnings!

 

40 comments:

Oh Chel said...

Good luck. We all need to take care of ourselves first before others. I wish you the best and happiness.

Lauren Honeycutt said...

Good for you! How can you take care of others if you're not okay? Best of luck!

Angela Tolsma said...

Self care is so important and I wish more people were aware of that. Good for you for realizing what you needed and having the ability to do so. Cheers to your new journey and experiences!

Chelsea Hetzel said...

What a TERRIFYING decision but so proud of you for taking a risk! This makes you different from so many others. Wishing you all the success! XO

Caitlin Elisabeth said...

good for you girl! you have to do YOU for a chance and make sure that you're able to make it through. proud of you for sticking with it and hope to bring you to better things in the future! xo

Jessica Nicole said...

what a big leap, but I bet you're glad you did it. Good on ya girl for doing so! Good luck with the future
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Rachel Gault said...

A big leap, but it sounds like this is the right thing for you. You definitely need to remember to take care of yourself! Enjoy your last day! I can't wait to hear about your next adventure.

Jill @ RunEatSnap said...

Such a hard decision! Even quitting my part-time job at Panera in college gave me such anxiety. Good on ya!

Rachel said...

My husband is an RN and after 3 years in a unit with a really high turnover rate quit. He liked a lot about the job, but we were looking forward to moving and starting a different kind of lifestyle. He still stays in touch with his coworkers, though. Hope your new job fits you better!

Corie M said...

Yay for putting yourself first! I can't wait to hear about what your next adventure is :)

the Florkens said...

I thinking putting yourself first is a brave move...and a necessary one too!
Your post makes it sounds like you'll be staying in the nursing field though. It's good to do something that you love! Congrats and good luck my friend!

-Kate
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Diana LittleMissFangirly said...

Congrats for putting yourself first! Good luck on your new job!

Emily Woodard said...

Good for you for taking a step toward a happier you! These sorts of decisions can be difficult to make, but you are so right: you can't help others before helping yourself. Good luck on your newest adventure!

Nina W said...

Taking a step back can be so nerve wracking, but self-care is so important! You are creating a new opportunity to thrive. Good luck!

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Lisa @ Naptime Chai said...

Good luck!! I can't wait to see what the future has in store for you - I know it's going to be AMAZING and I'm sure you made the right decision. Job stuff is hard and I'll keep you in my prayers!

Macy V said...

Praying for you!! God will guide you exactly where you need to be and this will be a breath of fresh air once it happens. Have a great day and savor your last moments.

Crystal said...

Such a brave leap of faith! I hope you find a new adventure that will make you just as happy - but provide you the much-needed balance!

Kelsey Sheron said...

ALL the prayers your way! I think it's a smart decision, especially knowing how much thought and prayer you put into it yourself! Good luck!

Marette Flora said...

Self-care is so important. I hope you enjoy the next part of your journey!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

good for you girl! gotta do what is right for you, doesn't matter if anyone else has a problem understanding. they don't have to live your life!

Jessie Jones said...

Congratulations! That is such a big step toward taking care of yourself!

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Sister Tales said...

Good for you girl!! You and your family should always come first, enjoy this new chapter of your life =)
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