I Quit My Job

ProseccoMonday was my last day at my consulting job. I started my job two weeks after graduating college in 2006 and quickly realized it was not the type of work I wanted to be doing for the rest of my life. Still, I was lucky to have a steady job and I didn’t know what else to do, so I stuck with it.

Fast-forward to 6 and a half years later. I’ve been on a local project for the past few months, but knowing I could be sent anywhere in the country with little to no notice put me on edge. I was also just genuinely unfulfilled and miserable with the work I was doing – not to be dramatic or anything. I knew I needed a change, so I gave my notice…without much of a plan in place. Life is short.

So now what?

I’ve talked about going back to school for nutrition. Originally, I figured I may as well wait to find out where Matt gets into medical school, and then take my prerequisites for school in that city, saving up more money with my consulting job in the meantime. But why wait? I’m always going to wish I had more money saved. So, I’m going to sign up for some of my prerequisite science classes in January (yay Chemistry and Biology!), see if I even like it, and go from there.

I’m also pursuing some catering jobs on the side. I catered an office lunch for 26 people the other day, making this week the busiest I’ve had in awhile even though I’m technically unemployed! (Catering page coming soon!)

So, I don’t have a concrete plan yet, but I already feel like I’m making more progress than I was before.

Job Celebration Menu

Naturally, I wanted to celebrate after my last day of work. My mom remembered that we had a small celebration at home when I first got my job in 2005, when I was a senior in college.

Job Celebration Menu

She even wrote it down in her party menu book! Ah, memories…


My mom hosted again, and it started with some prosecco.


She made some battered, pan-fried fish with allioli, which is one of her specialties.

Baked Macaroni

She also made some baked macaroni, which was my grandmother’s recipe and is a family favorite. Both of these dishes need to make it to the blog at some point.

While I never liked the type of work I did, actually quitting was a little bittersweet. I met some wonderful people along the way. I traveled to some interesting places. They let my indecisive self move from Philadelphia to Chicago to New York City to Boston, all within the past 6 years.

I’m looking forward to see what the future holds!

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  • http://megan-deliciousdishings.blogspot.com/ Megan

    Congratulations! Its a big step, but it’s so important to find something you love doing. I know so many people who have quit jobs without new jobs lined up or switched jobs in the past couple of years… and all seem much happier… me included! Good luck!

    • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

      Thanks! It’s definitely helpful to hear when people have had similar experiences!

  • Amy

    Congratulations!! I will be excited to hear about your adventures moving forward. I have to say quitting my job and going back to school to pursue my true love has been the best decision I ever made. You won’t regret it!

    • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen


  • Simply Life

    congrats on the new life change! wow- I’m so impressed you already had a catering job! Can’t wait to hear about the new adventure- how exciting!!!

    • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

      Thank you!!

  • http://joanne-eatswellwithothers.com/ Joanne (eats well with others)

    I’m SO proud of you!! It’s so hard to follow your dreams (even if you’re not sure what they are) and take a huge step like this!

    I didn’t realize Matt was applying to med school! Where has he applied/interviewed at so far? If you guys have any questions about the process I’d be happy to answer them as best I can!

    • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

      Thank you! And yeah, he switched careers in the past couple of years and is now applying to med school (makes me feel like my career change isn’t a big deal!)…he applied to 20 or so schools, including almost every med school in NYC. He hasn’t heard anything yet, but fingers are crossed!

  • http://twitter.com/EatingInOrOut Sacha Madadian

    That’s great to hear. Congratulations! You have to love what you do. I learned that a couple of years ago and have never looked back. Looking forward to reading about your journeys.

    • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

      So true…it’s a little scary now, but I can’t imagine I’ll look back and regret it. Thanks!

  • Freckles

    Yay!!! Congrats Colleen!!! Good luck with everything 🙂

  • http://twitter.com/Daisy_III IndulgeInspireImbibe

    Good for you! Did you work for Accenture?! We work with them – (I work at Partners Health Care.)

    • http://www.culinarycolleen.com/ Colleen

      Yep, I did!

  • http://www.acambridgestory.com Emily

    That is so exciting!! Congrats for following your gut and your dream. As a perpetual grad schooler myself (once at 25 and again at 30), i can say that you appreciate the learning process so much more than in college. Enjoy the new adventure!

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