Change is hard, but also necessary. When you're in a career that pays the bills and feels comfortable, but doesn't make you happy, you start to question if you want to make a change.
If you're like me, you build relationships with anyone you work with and you value those relationships. Telling a boss you're close to that you're quitting leaves you with knots in your stomach for days. Last October was one of those months for me.
I'd been with RaeLynn's Boutique for seven years, but it was time to move on. I was ready to move into a more branding and marketing specific role and do more with my own brand. Tonight, I want to share a few things with you guys that were indicators for me that I needed to make a change.
First, I found myself struggling to get out of bed in the morning. I wasn't excited to go to work like I had been in years past. Don't get me wrong, not everyday at every job will have you jumping for joy, but if you find yourself running late because you were wasting time dreading going to work, you might want to start the job search.
Every little thing started to frustrate me. Someone would say something that put me in a bad mood, a customer would walk in the door and interrupt what I was doing for the brand, employees weren't doing the close out sheet. I was coming home frustrated more than I was content.
I felt like I was doing things that were beneath my level of ability. This is a big one for me. I've learned in the years that I've been out of college that my degree is valuable and the work I do is valuable. I did not want to be doing minimum wage jobs and yet, part of my time I was. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for "no one is too good to scrub the toilets," but you have to draw a line somewhere.
At work, I found myself distracted and daydreaming about what else I could be doing. My work was compromised because of this and that was the last red flag for me. This company had started my career and given me so many opportunities and I was, in general, not being fair to my employers or myself. (Click here to read my post from October on this tough decision)
If you're reading this and thinking, "me too," I hate to break it to you, but you've got to make a change. It's scary and I took a pay cut to do what I do now, but it was the best decision I could have made. Over the last nine months I've grown personally, Sweet Olive has grown, my business has grown, and overall, I've been less stressed and more content.
The job search process is daunting and exhausting so give yourself some time. You may even consider taking a position that offers less money and is less demanding as a stepping stone to other opportunities.
Lastly, I want to remind you that YOU CAN DO THIS. We spend way too much time at work to be unhappy with what we are doing. We let it impact our relationships, our minds, and our physical bodies in an unhealthy way when we are doing things that are not satisfying. Take the leap and make yourself happy because you deserve it. Sometimes the grass really is greener on the other side.
Cheers to embracing change,