Thursday, March 29, 2012

Time's Up

CAVET: This is a long post.

I thought I would go off the beaten path today with this blog post and share a few non fitness related things.

First off, I made the decision to leave my job! This is huge yall…I have been working for the same company doing pretty much the same thing for the last 8 years. The majority of that time, I loved what I did, but about 2-3 years ago, I started to get burned out. I sucked it up and kept on working mainly because this girl needs to have an income and because I loved the income that I had established over the years. No matter how much I shook that feeling off me, it kept returning and in true Shawn fashion, I kept ignoring it.

Back in July 2011 my manager resigned from his position…I LOVED this guy and hated to see him leave. He was by far the best manager that I have ever had. A new manager was brought in and everything went ok for the first few months with this new lady, but by January of this year, the shit hit the fan and she had the gall to write me up for some bullshit which I opposed vehemently and she and I along with the branch president were able to reach an amicable solution. If I tell you 60 days passed and this broad came at me again with a write up on some more bullshit. Now mind you, I have worked here for years and have never been reprimanded in any way. All of my performance reviews have been stellar…this broad just wanted to start some shit with me. Again, I end up involving the branch president and this time had to pull in an attorney and get corporate HR involved. At this point, my blood was boiling and I was ready to get up and just walk out the door, without a two week notice or anything….but I didn’t. I issued my resignation 2 weeks ago.

What I realized and finally accepted was that my time; my season was up in this current role. I kept forcing myself into a mold that was no longer made for me. The nudging that I began to feel 2 years ago was a gentle push from God, letting me know that it was time to move on, but instead of taking heed to that nudge. I ignored it and ended up in these precarious work situations. The new manager was the catalyst that God used to put the fire under me that I needed to get up and move (SIDE NOTE: the new manager resigned and accepted a lesser position right after I made the decision to leave—talk about a catalyst). I would probably never have left my job at this point if it were not for her. It’s impossible to grow and be happy in a pair of shoes that are too small and that are what I was doing. A week after I issued my resignation, I saw this on pinterest and it resonated deeply with me:

So yeah, this is the new chapter…this girl has finally turned the page. What will I do now? I have no clue as of yet. My desire is to stay as far away from corporate America as possible. I have been blessed to work in some of the largest companies in the United States and all of my experiences have been rewarding, however my heart is telling me to develop some of the ideas that I have let lay dormant over the years and I would love to spend some time mentoring young people who have lost their parents as I was one of those that lost her parents at a very young age. I honestly feel that I would be totally fine if I never went back to corporate America. The stress, the politics and the all-around general BS that you have to put up with is just not worth it to me anymore. I am willing to adjust my lifestyle to fit my new income level…and what’s funny is that a year ago I made the pledge to get outta credit card debt and I paid off my last credit card right after Christmas. All of these signs pointed me to the door of my old job…it was just time to change courses. It’s amazing how God will lead you even when we have no clue what’s going on.

Today is my 3rd day of freedom and as strange as it may sound, I am happier now than I have been in a long time. I look forward to new opportunities and just the general excitement of what comes along with this new chapter of my life.


Anonymous said...

I just found your blog and I have to say good for you! Good Luck!

Ro said...

WOW! Girl just WOW! very powerful and VERY brave of you.
I can't stop smiling!

Tiffany said...

That was inspiring! I can sort of relate to the reasons why you left your job (I had enough of management issues too). Except 2 yrs later I can't figure out what exactly God is telling me to do. I quit my job and was able to finish school, but now I'm like, "now what?" when it comes to the job hunting situation. I hope you continue to post about your journey for ppl like me! :)

Finding Me, One Pound at a Time said...

So true, "It’s amazing how God will lead you even when we have no clue what’s going on." Love it and I am sure this new chapter will be filled with many great stories. Best wishes to you!

Shawn said...

Tess-Welcome to my blog. Thanks for your encouragement!

Ro-thanks so much. I put on my big girl panties and moved on--cant say I am not a tad bit scared though. But I know everything will work together for the good.

Tiffany-appreciate your comment. moving on and stepping out takes faith and courage. I suggest that you do what you love and let God take care of the rest. the key is to just DO something...don't sit idle.

Finding Me-I am so looking forward to this new chapter. God is awesome!

MS. Bad Mama Jama said...

I wish you all the best in your next steps! Nothing but the best.

It is courageous to take the next step sometimes!

Trina a.k.a. Me So Hongry... said...

Good luck on your new endeavor(s). I am inspired by your post. I enjoy my job but I need to get some other areas in my life together.

Dawnya said...

I'm so happy that you made a decision that brings you such joy. Follow your passion!! This is truly a blessing!!!