I Quit My Brand-New Job
By lauramichaels on March 26, 2014
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About a week ago, I found myself at a crossroad. I had just started a brand new job and was already asking myself, "Should I stay or should I go"?
So let's just say you've been job hunting on the daily. You get up, fix your coffee and start your full-time job, hunting a part-time job. It sounds a little strange, but we've all been there. Well, that's just what I did, every day for about a month. Luckily, it wasn't long before I started getting replies in response to my resume submissions. I would hope so! I literally went through every single job site I could find to locate a decent job in my surrounding area, based on my skill set. I'm sure I'm not the only one out here who has a lot of different skill sets and is well rounded. I'm everything from an administrative assistant, child care worker, a singer-songwriter, professional dancer/choreographer, hobby farmer, and a soon-to-be small business owner. I'm kind of the queen of side jobs. Unfortunately these side jobs don't always render enough money to keep my bills paid and move me up the financial ladder of success. There's probably an exception to this scenario, but it hasn't been my experience so far.
When I became sick around nine years ago, my whole world began to change, and along with it, my perspective. After my initial hospitalization in April of 2011, I realized I wasn't really living my life. I had these ideas of how I wanted to live my life, but I wasn't really living it. So little by little I started to make those changes. All I had was time to recover and think about how my world had been flipped upside down.
The interesting thing about it was all of a sudden I was beginning to take my passions in life seriously. I launched a Kickstarter campaign in an effort to raise the money I needed to print the CD I had previously recorded, co-written and co-produced with my guitarist and good friend. My family and friends rallied around me and wanted to see me succeed, and I did.
Unfortunately, there were still those people and friends who expected me just to get back to my old self and support their every endeavor. Well, this new gal had realized that I had already spent most of my lifetime catering to what others wanted, and it was time to listen to my own body and my own heart. I had always gotten along with most everyone, but, there were a few times that I had to tell some people off, in my polite way, and explain that it was time to focus on my health and my life for a change.
In 2013, I was finally diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis by Duke University, based in Raleigh, NC. Excited, I was finally on a medication that was bringing me into remission and off those steroids! Fast forward to this day, and I can say that I have been in remission for about a year. Now, this has not been without trials and without fighting for my health every single day. I will share all of that with you, but will save all of those details for another blog, another day, and another subject. But you will see how this story can apply to you, and in the work place.
So here I was, getting that call back for a job interview to work in an office of a local business. I was so excited to be getting this call! I wanted to get back to work in an office setting so I could help others and be that great customer service rep I know that I can be. I also needed that money to pay for my new health insurance I acquired through the government website, "MarketPlace." The job interview went without a hitch and the manager wanted to hire me on the spot. On the surface it was apparent we could be a great fit. We eagerly scheduled my first day, and off I was to mentally prepare for my new job!
I like to consider myself a positive and a loving person. I have a lot of tolerance and patience with people, especially in the work place. I figure that we are all working together for the good of others. Even when things don't go our way, in the work place or otherwise, I feel there is no reason to create a stressful environment for everyone around you. In my opinion, it is pointless and unhelpful to curse and take out your frustration on others in the office. I'm not perfect by any means, but when it comes to the professional environment I try to remain patient, kind, and understanding.
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