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I was ready to CELEBRATE wrapping up the semester today. Time to par-tay! Semester is over, hard work is done, another easy month to go, and then I’m moving on. But then… my heart tightened, and celebrating didn’t quite seem so appealing.

Change is officially hard, yall. I am thrilled to be going back to school and starting down a new path that will be more personally fulfilling, but getting there is a challenge. I’m leaving a company I love that stands for great things and employs cool, interesting people in order to do something that is a better fit for me. This is one of those big decisions that is easy to make yet difficult to DO. I can remind myself of the reasons I’m leaving (have I mentioned the isolation? whoo-ee), but in the end it’s like I’m breaking up with someone I don’t hate.

Don’t worry, Unnamed Publishing Company:

Have you ever been through that break up? You don’t want to be with him anymore, but it’s hard to leave. Maybe his politics are awful, but his poetry is beautiful. Maybe his humor is spot-on, but he wears socks with sandals. (Hey, some things are deal breakers, yall.  Take 5 minutes. Watch the Deal Breaker clip. I’ll be waiting: http://videosift.com/video/30-Rock-That-s-a-Deal-Breaker. Though I’m not sure why they included all that at the end. Focus, people! People? Well, a girl can dream.)

Sometimes you have to walk away from something good in order to work on what just might be better. It isn’t easy. There may be bittersweet days like this one. You may miss a piece of what you’re leaving behind. But. BUT. Your dreams, your romance, your job satisfaction, your work/life balance are worth it.

Have you walked away from something good in the search for more?

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I’m a terrible new blogger, but a lot has been going on! The drama that led to the making of this little one-post blog next led to the aforementioned accidental quitting of my job. Oops…

I should admit that I was planning on quitting, but I wasn’t ready quite yet and hadn’t finalized my exit strategy. The blessing and curse of my job is that I’m on my own a lot, but suddenly it was time to spend a day working with my boss. After some sell-sell-sell action on campus, boss man turned the spotlight on me with that potentially dangerous questions: “How do you feel about your job?”

Oh dear.  Perhaps if I was a better liar I could have held out, but before I could figure out a response I realized I was in the middle of gushing out a big pile of oh-lord-I’m-burned-out-can’t-do-this.  In the Guinness Book of Surreal Moments, this only ranked behind the Hubs proposing.  By the time boss man left for the airport, I had quit and he had agreed to write a recommendation letter for the next big thing (patience, patience – one story at a time). Due to the quirky quirks of the textbook pu(bli)shing season, this happened weeks ago but I’ll continue be a book selling machine through the end of the semester.

Has your big ol’ honest mouth taken you somewhere you weren’t quite ready to go yet?

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