29 Comments

  1. Stephanie C

    Wow! Good luck on your new job.. curious about what it will be! I myself am FINALLY starting my practicum in January at a high school.. any tips? šŸ˜‰

    • Laura

      Oh fun! I’d say just focus on building good rapport with students and other professionals in the building. You’ll do great!

  2. Hey hun! I am so happy and proud of you for being brave and going after what you want. I did the very same thing not a few months ago. It was indeed a bit scary at first but now I am going back to grad school to do something I love. Life is way too short to be stuck doing something that your heart is not fully in. Best of luck in the future hun! I know that whatever you do, you will be great! šŸ™‚

  3. Amy

    good for you. it’s better to search for something you really want to do rather than sit feeling like you are wasting your life. ever thought about writing? any non-profits out there that focus on healthful eating and/or kids? just a few thoughts to spur your interest. best of luck!

  4. Sarah

    I have been a reader for a few months now, and this is my first time commenting. I just wanted to say YOU are awesome for recognizing your happiness. Don’t ever settle for less than what you truly want. Congratulations on the next step in your journey and for Taking back a bit of your twenties šŸ™‚

    From one twenty-ish year old trying to find her way

  5. I read this and I had an instant ping of jealousy. Hmmm… I like your choice. Now you have me thinking. Can’t wait to find out how you move forward and follow your passions! šŸ™‚

  6. Oh my word. Congratulations on your liberation. Knowing what it’s like to work at something that’s NOT at all what you want to do (that also happens to monopolize all of your time), I’m so glad that you have a shot at creating a situation that you do want to be in!

  7. Hi there! I’ve been reading for a while but this is my first time commenting. Just wanted to say congrats, and that I totally identify with your desire to do something that you love. I just quit a steady job with benefits in order to move across the country in order to pursue my dreams! Good luck in all of your future endeavors!

  8. If it wasn’t the right job for you, then you are not a “quitter”. šŸ™‚
    I’m sure you will find something wonderful that fits you better in the future!
    Good luck to you.

  9. Erin

    You seemed so down to earth, but I will be unfollowing you now. I think it’s really short sighted of someone with less than a year at her job to quit. You are in your 20s! You are not entitled to your dream job.

    • Laura

      You’re right – I’ll probably be searching for my dream job well into my 50’s. But for now, I think it’s reasonable to transition to a new job in order to advance my career and utilize my graduate degree. If you’re really unhappy in a job, and another opportunity presents itself, it seems pretty down-to-earth to me to take on the challenge of something new. I hope you’ll stick around!

  10. I wasn’t planning to comment, but the last commenter struck a chord with me. I’ve entered my late twenties, and I SO regret sticking with my full-time job because it is not what I see myself doing long term. I don’t buy that we have to pay our dues in our twenties to get our dream job later. Everyone deserves a job that makes them happy and gives them joy, a job that they don’t dread going to every day…no matter how long they’ve been part of the work force. I think you’re very brave to say that your job wasn’t the right one for you. I don’t find that short-sighted at all. In fact, I think it’s very forward thinking to quit doing something you don’t love so you can find what you do love. Best of luck to you and thank you for the little nudge to think about what comes next for me, too!

    • Elisabeth

      I whole-heartedly agree! I’m 29 and have had the same full-time job since college. I’ve been bored nearly since the beginning, but have stayed out of nervousness about change & leaving a steady job. Your decision (and comments from some of the other readers) gives me hope that I will get it together & make the leap I’ve been wanting to make for years (which involves going back to school). šŸ™‚

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