Why I Quit My 9 to 5

“Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy!”

Hi There!

Life has been a roller coaster as you can tell by the title. By far the most craziest thing I have ever done in my life, but definitely the easiest decision to make! My family and closest friends thought I was crazy as hell for even thinking about quitting my job! But deep down inside, I knew I had to do it!

For the last 3 years, I’ve worked in 3 different corporate offices working the usual mundane schedule and sometimes even later. I had been on my last job for a year and two weeks, but I shouldn’t have stayed that long! Keeping on reading and you will find out why I quit my corporate job.

The Year At A Glance

Six months into the position, I had some ill feelings about my job. I didn’t enjoy it, I complained about it everyday, I would cry before work, and I would dread going in! Can you believe I stayed on the job another 6 months? I said everyday I was going to quit, but I didn’t have the guts to because I was scared of what would happen next! 

January 2018 came around and I decided to change my attitude, be more present, and take a hold of the situation at hand. I was ready to work through the issues and be more expressive about my challenges. In our team meetings, my boss would open the floor for concerns. I took that opportunity to shed light on some of the issues I was facing and followed up with actions taken, but things didn’t go in my favor or provoke change.

Before my amazing excursion to the Philippines, I felt depressed, physically and mentally drained, and just the thought of work gave me anxiety! I told myself that a long vacation was what I needed to reset. But what I didn’t know was I was battling something much deeper and I needed more than a vacation to fix it. On the flight back, reality set in and I knew I had to return to work on Monday morning. Monday came, and at that very moment, I found myself right back in the same routine.

Flashback

I woke up on February 27th sick to my stomach! I didn’t want to go into work, my boss sent a text inquiring about my online status and I was an hour late to work. Finally made it into work, and I look like I got hit by a bus walking into the office. I was hoping the office was empty (per usual), but this particular day a few people decided to show up. I sat at my cube for about an hour or two just thinking about everything. 

To be completely honest, I could no longer cry everyday, I could no longer complain, and I could no longer be unhappy and miserable. My brain didn’t provide me the luxury to think positive about my job.  In reality, I was being overworked, under paid and under appreciated. I got so tired of dragging myself out of bed everyday to go into an uninviting office, doing the same thing and dealing with the same issues.

I was craving human interaction, opportunities to be creative and opportunities to leverage my skills. OMG, I felt trapped, I felt like I wasn’t growing, and I felt so isolated. I was loosing myself by the second! Masking my feelings by wearing the cutest clothes and the fakest smile got to be unbearable. This emotional ride I thought I could ride out took a toll on me!

Boss, I Quit 

I immediately realized that I needed to stop doing the shit I hate. It was time for me to let go of what made me so miserable. The money wasn’t worth my daily headaches, one remote day didn’t release the stress, and all the energy I put into the job wasn’t the prerequisite to my ending career goal. 

With urgency, I checked my bank accounts, said a prayer, typed up and sent my resignation letter off to my boss! I had to stop fearing the unknown and set myself free from depression and anxiety. It was taking over my life. I needed to step out on faith and know that God will provide all my needs. If I didn’t take the jump, how would I know I could fly? I knew there was healing in quitting and letting go!

Disclaimer

I am not here to encourage you to quit your job by any means. Remember to choose you and set yourself free from things that are making you unhappy and holding you back!

Don’t live out your fears because that is where trouble lies! Live a life of purpose and passion, not a life with regrets. Always remember that faith drives out free! Life is too short to be spending time and energy on things that don’t help you reach your full potential!

Forever, Yannell

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7 thoughts on “Why I Quit My 9 to 5

  1. Yes Yaya! I can’t wait until I am able to be free of the “9-5 hell!”. I really commend you on your courage and Faith in God, I know it’s an awesome feeling. You have really encouraged me to set myself up for the position I want to be in so I can set myself FREE. I’ve realized that life is too short to be in such a lame routine of work your ass off and die. I refuse! Keep paving the way for us millennials striving for a way out. 💕

    1. Thank you so much, Brya! It took a lot for me to realize it all, but I definitely had to do it. I pray sooner than later that you are able to let go of what’s holding you back and live the #NoMore925 life!! Prayers and blessings to you!

  2. This is sooo inspirational YaYa!! I really enjoy reading you blogs and feel what you went through 100%. I’m at the breaking point in my life where I feel like I don’t have a choice but the be fear free and your words have pushed me to start making moves now!! Fuck the the 9-5!! Love you YaYa and we have to chat when I’m in town 😊
    #fearless #fearfree

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