My Exciting News!

Hi guys!  Happy Thursday!  :)

If you remember, in my May goals, my first goal was to do something about my job.  I wanted to either become totally happy with my place and put 100% effort into what I was doing, or start to look elsewhere for something that would make me feel more positive about what I was doing.

When I recapped how I did with my goals, I mentioned that the goal was in progress and I would talk more about it later.

Well…I am happy to announce…

I GOT A NEW JOB!!!

As excited as I am, I have to say that the situation is bittersweet.  Right now, I work at an insurance agency and the agent is the mom of one of my best friends.  My boss is like a second mother to me so leaving is difficult.  I started working at the agency back in 2007, before she was the agent…she got me the job when I really needed one.  I left at the end of 2008 to go back to school.  A little over a  year later, I went through a major crisis in my life and had to quickly find a job.  Once again, she came through and brought me back on board, as she was now the agent.

In addition to loving my boss, I absolutely love the people I work with in the office.  We have a small office which used to consist of only three people, but we just brought two more on, which makes our total five…which is still very small.  We are all close and I feel fortunate that I am able to work with people that I consider my friends every day.

My boss + My Coworkers = Leaving my job is very hard


(me daydreaming about loving my job) Ha!

However, as much as I love the people I work with, I absolutey hate what I do.  I know hate is a strong word, but every morning I wake up and I have a feeling of dread in my stomach because I have to go to the office and spend 8-9 hours doing something that does not make me happy.  Right now, I sell insurance and do customer service work.  If there is anyone in this world that should not be in sales, it’s me.  I am horrible at it.  Also, while I am good at handling customers and their complaints, it is very trying to deal with unhappy people all of the time.  Not that every customer we have is unhappy….we have some really great ones…but, overall, the insurance business is just not for me.

Adding to the fact that I do not like what I do…I have an hour commute each way.  The drive, along with working long hours and teaching Jazzercise, makes for very long days with little time to get anything else done.  Also, with gas prices, the drive was absolutely killing us!

To prevent this from getting too wordy, I’ll just wrap it up!…

I will start my new job on June 25th. 
It is at a newly opened dermatology office.
I will have a 15 minute commute. 
I will work two minutes from Lee.

I am sad to leave my current job and have asked for no party or send off…I’m such an emotional person and I just don’t want to go out on a sad note.  However, I am so excited to start my new journey and I cannot wait to see what my future endeavor holds!

Have you ever been at a crossroads in your career?
Are you happy with what you are doing now?

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26 Responses to My Exciting News!

  1. congrats on the new job!!! I haven’t been happy in my current career for the last few years, ever since I was laid off from a job that i loved. i’m trying to fix that but it’s a slow process. i can’t imagine doing something that I don’t love for the rest of my life.

    i hear ya on the gas! i have a 40 min commute each way and spend about $70 a week to fill the tank. add my car payment and insurance and i’m spending half of my income just to get here!!!

    • Kelly says:

      It is such a slow process to change careers or get a new job…I have looked and contemplated changes for so long and this just fell in my lap. It will happen when the time is right! :)

  2. Kelly! Im so excited for you! It sucks if you hate it. Yesterday i had a horrible day and a customer made me cry. one of those. and i know you could understand that im sure.
    i was very bittersweet when i left my office in alaska. we had 6 girls there and we were all SUPER close like family, the new agency im at down here in NC is smaller (just 3 of us) and a little quieter which is good and bad.
    I’m glad you are excited about it though, it will feel refreshing im sure! And dang, it will be worth it just for cutting your commute more than half! I couldnt imagine driving an hour everyday to a job i dread haha (though I have done that too in the past sadly)

    • Kelly says:

      If anyone knows how I feel about my job…it’s you! I really feel bad saying that I hate it, but it stresses me out and that, combined with my commute, isn’t a good combo.

  3. Congrats on the new job! I was in a similar situation last year. I had been with a company since I graduated college and absolutely HATED going to work. I would spend many nights crying because I hated what I was doing and the people I worked with. The pay was good but the place was hard to work in. I dealt with people cussing at you, threatening your job (daily), telling you when you could or couldn’t take vacation (can’t take during the months of December or July), and just being downright mean. The place was so toxic. During my time there I fought depression, I rarely smiled, I lost sight of who I was, I lost all confidence in myself, and it ruined my relationship with my boyfriend. I felt so bad all the time that no one wanted to be around me and heck I didn’t like me but I couldn’t change it because I was around the negativity so much. My self worth was destroyed in the 3 years I was there. Luckily, in July of last year I got hired at a new company with the best people in the world and have almost regained the person I was before. I can’t say I LOVE this job or want to do it forever but I will say I don’t mind coming to work and I LOVE the people I work with. It’s amazing how much the jobs we hate bring us down. I can tell a huge difference in myself since leaving that toxic place.
    I’m glad you are moving to a new job you’ll like and I wish you the very best! Do keep us updated!

    • I was in the same situation! My bosses were such horrible people, like honestly just bad people it was so toxic to be around! It totally influenced my relationship wih my boyfriend and it’s actually when my anorexia took full control. I totally look at that as a trigger point!

      It’s so important to get out of those toxic environments!!

    • Kelly says:

      I’m so happy you were able to get out of that place and found a job that makes you happier! It makes such a difference! :D

  4. Awww, congratulation on the new step. I know it can be tough to leave a job you love (leaving my 4th grade kids was really, REALLY rough) but you have a bazillion AWESOME new opportunities in front of you. Here’s to a smooth transition!

  5. Congratulations!!!!! Good for you to go after something that will make you happy. It can be so hard to leave when you feel obligation or personal connections to the people that you work with, but we have alot of working years and I think that doing something you enjoy makes those years so much better!

  6. congratulations!! i love posts like this – so happy!

  7. Congrats times like a billion.

  8. I was in the same position once. I worked with people with developmental disabilities, talk about rewarding but talk about stress. I was on call 24/7 literally, and always stressed out about who might call or what might happen. I basically never had a day off. But I made great money, loved my clients, loved my co-workers, but I was miserable! (I got a call on my anniversary and had to leave dinner to deal with the situation) I finally decided to leave. Made less money but was so much happier! We have to do what’s best for ourselves (and sanity! Haha)

    Good luck with your new job!!

  9. YAY! Congrats on the new job! It is so important to not just love the people you work with.. but also enjoy what y ou are doing! Lots of luck and happiness at the new job1 :)

  10. Lisa says:

    Congrats on the new job!! That is so incredible exciting and awesome for you! I relate to being in sales, I had to get out of there. I am horrible at it, and I’m very emotional and get upset easily. So I’d cry at least 3 times a week. Its just not something I want to risk my mental state over, so I’ve been looking for a new job ever since. I’m so glad you got out of a place you weren’t happy at, and I really hope this new job is everything you want!

  11. Yay for a new job! It can be really hard to transition from one to the other, but I’m sure its going to mean great things for you! Good luck!!

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