New Experience #185: Jump Off a Cliff

Today I jump off a cliff.

Okay, it’s more of a figurative cliff than an actual cliff. I’m not THAT brave.

What am I actually doing? I quit my job without a new one to head off to immediately.

I’m sure that many of you reading this are thinking “You did WHAT? In this economy? Are you crazy?!” To which I say that yes, in this economy I quit my job without a new one already locked in place and no, I’m not crazy. My mother had me tested.

I’m truly grateful for the three years I spent at my former employer. I had the freedom to innovate and create things I never imagined when I first started. I was pushed to constantly be better and built and strengthened skills I will use for years to come. I developed many relationships I hope will last beyond just being “work friends.” I have a much wider personal and professional network than when I first started.

So why did I leave?

I left because I wanted to pursue new dreams. I still love my field and look forward to returning to it very soon, but I had taken my role as far as I could take it and grown as much as I could in it. Simply put, it was time for a new professional challenge.

Leaving was not a decision I made lightly; it was one that I made over many weeks and months of consideration. I’m not the typical person who will jump off a cliff without knowing exactly where I’ll land (is there a “typical” person who does this?), but thanks to the personal growth I’ve experienced in the last year by having 100+ New Experiences, I realized that sometimes the only way create great change and achieve my dreams is to jump without a net.

Since making this decision, the words I’ve heard most often are “what’s next?” I’ve been writing and journaling because there are two books in my head fighting to get out. I’ve been working on a personal mission statement and vision of exactly what I want my life to be. I’ve spent time with my mom which is something I haven’t been able to do as often as I’d like. I’m taking a couple of classes. And, of course, I’ve been networking. I’m also donating blood and taking a bag of food to the food pantry this week. It just seems like a good time to give back.

What I know for sure about my life is that when I put an intention into the Universe, the Universe responds with exactly what I need at that moment, so I’m incredibly excited about the new adventures that await me.

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