Friday, October 19, 2012

Jobless.

The memories of my office life.

So here we are.
After 5 months of planning, prepping, and strategizing, I have made it to my last day of employment.
It feels weird. Really, really weird.
I'm trying to find the right words to describe my emotions, but I'm coming up short.

I mean, I've been working steadily ever since I was 18 years old and Abercrombie paid me to hang out with half-naked men.


Now, here I am: Jobless.
And I have absolutely zero plans on when or if I'll ever be getting another one.

But here's the thing with me and jobs.
With each one, they all sort of held the same pattern: The first few months were exciting and new, but after a short time, I knew it wasn't what I really wanted {usually around the 2 year mark}.
I got bored.
I got restless.
I wanted more.
But I never quite knew what that "more" was. 
So then I would just hop on over to the next job, hoping that that job would be the one.

Did you know that at one point I even attempted to go to school to become a Chiropractor like Fasha?
Yeah...Let's just say that was extremely short-lived.

But you see what I mean?
I was all over the board, never really knowing what my "calling" was.

Yesterday, Liz over at Explore.Dream.Discover wrote a post on following your dreams.
And the main thing I got from that is realizing that no one else is responsible for making my dreams and goals happen.
It's up to me.
And sitting around in meaningless job after meaningless job, waiting for this "calling" of mine, may never happen.
So what am I going to do? I'm going to quit my $47,500 a year job at 26 years old and starting today, I'm off to go live this dream of mine and create the reality that I want, with the one I love.

{Can I get an "amen?"}

Who knows where I'll be in 3 months, 6 months, or a year...
Who even knows if I'll even be alive in 3 months, 6 months, or a year...
Possibly a bit dramatic, but also kind of true, right?

Sometimes I'm scared shitless of what's to come and my control-freak side gets the better of me as I try to plan every step along the way.
But I'm learning to let go, be present, and just enjoy what's coming.



Now excuse me while I go step outside for a second to scream.

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Happy Friday and thank you all SO much for your support in this crazy new chapter of our lives!
I'm so excited! :)

xoxo

37 comments:

  1. Happy Friday and happy last day of work!

    I, for one, cannot wait for this new adventure!

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  2. hi, new(ish) follower here! your blog has quickly become one of my favorites, and congrats on making it to your last day of work! i am so excited for the journey you have ahead of you. i did something similar (on a much, much smaller scale) last year. my (ex) love and i took off to europe for a month with no plans, no reservations, just a suitcase. best. experience. ever. best of luck to you and the dizzle and be sure to take it all in because 1 month or 1 year, it all goes by so quickly!

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  3. Happy last day of work!! My last days of work before leaving for England were so bittersweet, too, because I felt the same "will I ever work again?!!?" mentality. Of course I'll work again.... I think...

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  4. Wow your job thing - having it be exciting for a bit and then getting bored around the 2 year mark - completely describes me! I'm glad I'm not alone. And I'm also glad that you are doing something about it! I will just keep sitting at my desk and read your travel blog and pretend it's me.

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  5. Happy last day of work!! I have said this before, but I'll say it again, I truly admire your guts and the way you're dealing with all of the uncertainty! You're so right, you just need to follow your dreams. You won't remember all those days of work, but you'll never forget the days you spend traveling with the Diz.

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  6. True confession. The man on the billboard behind you? My high school boyfriend. AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

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  7. I was completely on board with you here until you were like "around the 2 year mark". Lord how I wish I could make it that long!! I am at a year and I feel like I have hit a brick wall... I'm so happy that you get to "do life" better than I am :)

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  8. I can't even imagine how difficult and challenging that is! Every day I think about leaving everything behind and pursuing my passion, but it's terrifying. I mean... I have security, and that can be pretty hard to come by.

    So for that, I admire you :)

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  9. I'm a job hopper. The one I've kept is that of "mom".

    I think I'd do better working for myself. Doing what? Not sure. I keep trying to figure out if there's a market for "know-it-all".

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  10. I've gotta say I seriously admire the crap out of you! Every day I come to the same lame job and think "what is my dream job?" but then reality sets in. Hopefully one day, I'll be able to say I followed me dreams too :)
    Thanks Mish for the wake up call.
    Holla!

    xoxo
    Sarai

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  11. AMEN!!! It will be totally awesome! Can't wait to see what the future holds for you guys!

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  12. You go girl! Follow your dreams. You can ALWAYS find a job doing something. Seriously, there are some REALLY dumb people out there who have jobs so I'm certain if/when you come back, there will be one waiting. There is no time like the present. Don't look back on any of this, just be confident in yourself and your decision.

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  13. Yay so incredibly excited for you!!! :)

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  14. Happy last day girl! Make sure you do something ca-razy, but don't flip off the receptionist when you leave like I did. Whoops.

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  15. I too have been working non-stop since my teens! I only took a 3 month break in between jobs and I felt like I was going crazy! I can't wait to hear about how you handle it! (of course you'll be living the dream, so I don't think it will be hard!)

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  16. I wish I could quit my boring retail job and travel around the world! Bleh! I look forward to your adventures though! Whooo!

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  17. Eeeek! So scary yet sooooooo exciting at the same time! So excited for you.

    Happy last day of work! Try not to drink too much tonight...oh who am I kidding?? Go buck wild, you're jobless and leaving the country, party time!

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  18. Good luck, girl - this adventure will change you in so many ways, some you probably can't even comprehend yet! I left my husband at home for a chance to study abroad back in college because I'd always wanted to do it and I'm SOO SOOOO SOOOOOO glad I didn't listen to everyone warning me not to. I hope you guys have a blast on your trip and have lots of Eat.Pray.Love moments! xoxo from Texas!

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  19. Congrats on your last day! Can't wait to read all about your adventures abroad!

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  20. I hate you a liiiiitle for living out your dreams while the rest of us rot here in our cubicles. And literally ALL DAY my screen looks just like that with Rob, we gchat like it's our job. Well it almost is, we get paid and gchat all day. Anyhoot, good luck on your new journey. I'll be reading and ready to comment on everything with a sarcastic undertone but will definitely be cheering you on the whole way.

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  21. emailing you now! so excited for you! xx

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  22. You are going to have the time of your life, and I can't wait to live vicariously through you! I'm a firm believer that traveling is the best thing you can do in your life, and that when you are young and kid free, you should find every possible way to do it as much as possible. Quitting your job to make it happen is perfectly acceptable :) When I was 23 I spent a year traveling and living abroad and people thought I was crazy, but it was INCREDIBLE. I would kill to be able to do it over again.

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  23. You are going to have such a great time. You'll look back at this in six months, a year, or ten years from now and be so happy you made this decision. It might be scary now, but it's always more exciting when you do something that's a bit scary at first. It just makes it even more rewarding. :)

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  24. Don't worry, I have that magnet of you and Boo that was accidentally left behind. You'll need it on your mini fridge in your mini studio apartment next month!

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  25. Haha, I love the commentary on the picture! I quit my full time desk job back in August to move to Costa Rica with my husband. At the time I was so so so scared, but everything has worked out beyond my expectations, and I know it will for you as well! Congratulations!

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  26. You're my hero, girl. You're living exactly how you should be.

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  27. I know exactly what you mean about jobs... I feel the same way. Good for you for casting it off to try something outside the norm!

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  28. Coming over from Liz's blog and saw you're coming to Spain! Where will you be going to? It's been 3 years since I've made the move from the US to Spain, so let me know if you have any questions! Wishing you the best and cheers for making such a big move!

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  29. “There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind.”
    You can go wrong with a good quote, right?

    Go live your dreams!

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  30. AWESOME! I'm so glad you two will be keeping up with your blogs on your adventure! :D

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  31. Amen, you gotta find your own future! Good luck! I know you will!

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  32. you are awesome! and so brave! you will not regret it at all!

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  33. yayyy 5 months well worth a farewell to your Three's Company styled desk AND chair!! No wonder why you left.. you poor thing! LOL j/k

    Don't worry... it's all going to work out in the end for you and your boo boo... it always does!

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  34. I think I LOVE you! Just found your blog and now I won't let it go. Everything will work out and you'll look back and think "what was I even worried about." ;)

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