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…

Prosecco

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

Fish

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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