I Quit My Job

March 4, 2022 was my last day of work at my former company. I’ve been unemployed (funemployed?) ever since.

Why did I quit? There were a few reasons, but the main things:

  • I had asked for a raise, and I didn’t get it.
  • The company values didn’t align with my values.
  • An increasing amount of my time was being spent on things I didn’t enjoy (big company bureaucracy stuff, playing politics, arguing with finance over my budget, etc…).

All the other reasons pretty much roll up into those. Why did I stay as long as I did? I loved the people I worked with. And I enjoyed some of the work I was doing, particularly some of my projects with the dev team.

It took me about a month after leaving to just get caught up on errands and such. I didn’t really do anything fun or exciting in March. I spent the time decompressing, reading, and doing all the random things that I had been putting off because I had too much work to do.

The second month, which is just about wrapping up, has been more intentional. I’ve taken a few ski days, I got PRK (laser eye surgery), and I started volunteering with 2 local groups: Boulder Climbing Community and Lafayette Open Space. It has been very nice to be able to choose how I spend my time rather than that being decided for me.

I have a few plans for the next few months:

  • Couple more ski days
  • Keep volunteering
  • Hang out with kiddos in the summer
  • Develop my recipes for my potential food company… keeping the details of this under wraps for now, but I think that it’s going to be a cool product.
  • Road trip and camp

My timeline for taking off is at least through the end of the summer, possibly longer. I would like to find a way to work for myself, but I also wouldn’t mind finding a role at a company or non-profit nearby that aligns with something I enjoy in my non-work life. I will start thinking about that all more this fall.

In some ways, this move has been coming for a while. Maybe ever since we started this blog. Maybe since I moved out to Colorado (I will write about that saga sometime). But I’ve been yearning for something more for quite a while. Maybe even ever since I left home and/or graduated from college. I feel like I have been lacking in adventure – or maybe that I am always looking for the next adventure.

I hope to have more adventures (and more time to write about them) in the next few months. Here’s to freedom and choice in one’s life!