Off we go!
July 2004 I was so worn out from my job that I felt like I was 28 going on 208.
At the time, two of the girls on my three-person team had already given notice and it seemed that mine was inevitable.
Now what do you do when your best friend doesn’t want to hear your work saga anymore? Burden your parents with it, that’s what!
I talked to my dad, whose school of thought was you should never leave a job without a job. I remember hearing that - a lot. And since I totally respected and looked up to him (still do - virtual fist bump dad!) I wanted to take what he said seriously and put it into action. But…
How?!? I was working 12- 14 hour days and had an hour plus commute to and from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn.
(And it was even longer when you entered the subway station deliriously exhausted and got on the train going in the opposite direction... I'd often fall asleep as soon as I sat down and wake up in Queens with “I hate my life tears” welling up when it hit me
that it was going to take even longer to get home. Wah!)
I was in a bad place and barely had time for eating, sleeping, and Tony Horton (P-90 original workout on VHS, baby!) let alone to sit down at the computer and map out a job search. The thought made me feel trapped. Doomed.
Now, just because I received that direct order, doesn’t mean executing it was easy breezy! I was scared, but decided to have faith in my decision. When I did, a wave of relief washed over me - after the surge of panic, of course. ;-)
If you’re in a situation where you’re unhappy, it doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks or feels.
I will say this until I’m blue in the face like a Smurf – you are the only one who has to live your life so you might as well live it on your own terms!!
I respected my dad, but needed to demonstrate respect for myself. And in the end, doing so led me to my next best thing.
Are you staying stuck in a situation because you don’t know what will happen if you rock the boat?
Let me kindly remind you that you don’t know what's going to happen at any point in time!
You could get an email with bad/sad news, water could start leaking from your ceiling, or you could bump into your next boyfriend at FedEx/Kinkos!
Developing confidence and faith is a practice, and it may be challenging to start (like anything new) but when you keep at it, you get better.
You can relax, be led, and feel like you're living in a flow. It's possible. I want that for you.
You got this! And you know where to find me if you don’t.
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Amy, The Queen Bee NYC
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