Once Carl and I settled on the time frame of our move, next we had to decide on when to call it quits at my job. Our move is for June 5th, so we felt that April 1st would be sufficient enough time. When making a date, you have to figure in the time it will take to prep for the move, along with the paychecks you will be losing once you or your spouse have called it quits. Make sure you can afford the loss, along with making sure you have enough time to get ready. Life is a balancing act, and this isn’t any different.
I sweated over this one for quite some time. I had hoped on telling her sooner than I had, but I felt like saying the words made it VERY real and that I may be disappointing her and the Company. How do you explain your dream to someone who may not understand? See, they knew me around the office as “That Disney Girl” so I was fearful of people poking fun at my family for wanting to be closer to the magic. So right before Christmas, I took the plunge, and told her. I can’t tell you how much better I felt to finally let the secret out, but also share my excitement with her. She okd the April 1st end date, and sent me onto the rest of my day. From my experience, share when you feel most comfortable to do so let nothing and no one pressure you into it. I felt my timing was right and was happy when I did it. I realize certain jobs won’t let you stay past the end of the hour you told them, so evaluate it carefully.
As time moved forward last month, I wasn’t happy with my job anymore. It wasn’t anything anyone said or did, I just knew my heart and head had already left the building. My dream was and is in reach, and being at the job that held me to WI, seemed like nothing was going forward. As much as I tried to ignore the nagging feeling of work, I couldn’t escape it. It would be about a month after my original talk with the boss that I had another one with her. I was frank, honest, and let her know that I would be more than happy to help out with the major items, but that I would be cutting back to only certain days of the week/month to be able to spend more time at home. Agreed upon, we moved forward once again.
I began to train my replacement, and enjoyed helping her realize her dreams of moving up in the Company. Feeling she would be fine, and with others stepping forward to help, I was able to call it quits much earlier than anticipated. I was happy for an early retirement, as I value the time spent with family and friends here in WI before moving on to FL. Time is incredibly more precious than the dollars I was making, and even though I will miss the people there, I am happy to wake up every morning and know that the day holds so many more possibilities than it used too.
When I woke up on Tuesday, I was first a bit out of sorts. I knew that I was all done, and that I didn’t have to dress for work that day. Once I got Jessie to school, I was overwhelmed with excitement. I didn’t have to worry about what was due that day, or the next. I rented a movie and went home to my hubby where he works during the day. I was able to blog and enjoy Disney websites knowing what my future held. I made plans for the rest of my week and even the month. My advice is to get into the swing of things right always- make plans with friends, get out of the house, and use the time wisely before the move. It will be tempting to sleep in, stay in your pjs all day and do nothing, but you want to stay moving and keeping your goals on track.
Every job I have ever had, I have walked away learning something. I cleared out my office, turned the light off, and drove away with a smile on my face. I learned from my job that I had so much more self-worth than I ever gave myself credit for. My artwork was featured in our newsletters each month, and I took pride in what I did. I was thankful that I was able to meet so many wonderful people at our Retreats, and get to know each one of them on many different levels of life. I will miss them, but I am so happy to be moving forward with my family towards our dream. With the Lord’s continued blessings, I know that we will see it through.
If you are worried about telling your job, and you will have to leave it to succeed in your dreams, take it from me… you will be OKAY. Life will move forward, whether you are ready for it to or not- buckle up and enjoy the ride.