Why I decided on "voluntary unemployment"

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In late October I made the decision to resign from my position as a digital project manager at a local agency. Like really-quit-my-job kind of quit my job. Quit without something else lined up. Quit without a plan for what I want to do next. Quit to quit and to take a break. I'm calling this sabbatical "voluntary unemployment," and this is why I did it.

  • I quit my job so that I can spend more time with my family and friends. They mean so much to me—and spending time with them makes me feel so good.
     
  • I quit my job because my health is important to me. I want to exercise everyday, cook meals instead of picking up takeout, and not spend my evenings stressing over what is waiting for me at the office in the morning.
     
  • I quit my job so that I can read and write—childhood hobbies of which I’ve robbed myself due to guilt for not spending more time getting ahead at work.
     
  • I quit my job so that I can put more effort into my relationship. Shouldn't I be just as good to Ken as he is to me? 
     
  • I quit my job so that I can rediscover what truly motivates me. So that I can find (or create) a job that doesn’t actually feel like work.
     
  • I quit my job because being challenged is important to me. I need a new challenge.
     
  • I quit my job because life is meant to be so much more than a paycheck.
     
  • I quit my job because there is so much world and so little time.
     

I quit my job because it was interfering with my life.

I don't know what comes next, but I am excited to have some time to experiment and try new things. Life, here I come!

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Posted on December 19, 2013 and filed under Perspectives.