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Quitting is for champs

I did it. It’s done. I was nervous and my hands were sweaty and I stuttered a little bit, but it’s over with and now I’ve got nothing to do but look to the future. Last week, I walked into my boss’ office to tell her that I would be giving my notice and that in a few weeks I’d be leaving Philadelphia indefinitely. I quit my full-time job — my sole source of income — and I don’t have another one lined up. It feels awesome.

I’m a big advocate for quitting. As much as that might come off as lazy or weak or passive, I prefer to look at it from a more proactive standpoint — why would I continue to keep myself stuck in a place that isn’t making me happy? Why sit in 2 hours of  traffic every day just to sit in a cubicle for 8 more doing work that doesn’t inspire me… when I could stop complaining about all that and create something better?

For months I’ve been talking the talk but never walking the walk. I wanted to quit, I wanted to try somewhere new, I wanted to give writing a real shot, I wanted to travel. When I expressed these sentiments, I was told that I should try to just “be normal.” (To which I responded, “I’D RATHER BE ANYTHING BUT ORDINARY!”)

When I felt like maybe I just might crack from the commuting and the stifling lack of new places to explore while living in my hometown and the utter stagnation that comes with working in an office job that doesn’t necessarily spark my interest, I came up with a plan to quit. Again, I was told that I was naive, flaky, unrealistic, selfish. It’s not that I don’t want to work hard, I just want to work better and smarter. CALL ME A MILLENNIAL, but I want to be freer to live my life in ways that feel right for me — because why should I let anyone dictate that?

Then I met someone who said, “you just gotta take the negativity and turn it into fuel.”

Simple as that.

So now that the first leap has been leapt, it’s time to take my life into my own hands, as naive and unrealistic as my plans might be. It’s not about running away from something, it’s about running toward the unknown. Being scared. Being unapologetic for wanting what I want. Being shaken to the core by experiences. Meeting people who are alive and have escaped the zombie lifestyle of choosing comfort over adventures.

In the next few weeks, I’ll be packing up a few of my essential belongings and taking off to start my own life in a new town far away. I firmly believe my quitting was the opposite of lazy and weak — and I’m going to use the negativity and warnings and worries I keep hearing about my move as fuel to get me across the country. Quitting isn’t for losers — quitting is for the champs that refuse to accept bullshit life situations that others try to force upon them. It’s for the ones who can’t be held down!

New adventures coming & I’m counting down every day until I’m off! (18)yeah

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24 Comments

  • Reply Fabs

    Best of luck on your venture, looking forward to reading more about it 🙂 I wish I had the guts to quit my day job like you..

    December 15, 2014 at 6:11 pm
    • Reply Kristen

      Thank you thank you! Best of luck to you!

      December 15, 2014 at 6:13 pm
  • Reply Moani Hood

    Awesome! I aspire to do this one day soon. Where are you heading next?

    December 15, 2014 at 6:29 pm
    • Reply Kristen

      I hope you do what feels right for you!! To the wild wild west – I’ll be posting more details soon!

      December 15, 2014 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply PA Pict

    I look forward to reading about where your adventures take you.

    December 15, 2014 at 7:22 pm
    • Reply Kristen

      I hope they keep you interested! 🙂

      December 15, 2014 at 8:36 pm
  • Reply Simytoe

    Ahhh this sounds so exciting! I felt the same way when I decided to drop out of school and move to London, but I’m so glad I decided to do it! Good luck 🙂

    December 16, 2014 at 5:10 am
    • Reply Kristen

      I’m going to move back to London someday! Glad things worked out for you in one the best cities in the world!

      December 16, 2014 at 9:30 am
  • Reply lifeassirli

    awesome post, and good luck 😀

    December 16, 2014 at 6:39 am
    • Reply Kristen

      Thanks & thanks!

      December 16, 2014 at 9:22 am
  • Reply Hannah Myer

    “…Meeting people who are alive and have escaped the zombie lifestyle of choosing comfort over adventures…”

    Let us NEVER lose that fire of choosing adventure. Love you, Kristen. So freakin’ proud of you. Ps – I looked at plane tickets yesterday… CAN’T WAIT!!

    December 16, 2014 at 8:39 am
    • Reply Kristen

      Ahhhhhhhhhhhh I love you & I can’t wait for you to visit so we can add to our long list of adventures together!!! 🙂

      December 16, 2014 at 9:24 am
  • Reply Ashley Buckner

    Quitting is totally for champs. I am so excited for you! I have been having people tell me the exact same thing when I told them before I left school and now as I am preparing to leave work. Like you, my job is my sole source of income. This boring ass job that makes me want to scratch my eyeballs out. But why the hell should we limit ourselves to fit in like the rest of the zombies?

    Chase your dreams! And when you finally prove all those doubters wrong, your audience will be right here cheering you on. Good luck and never allow anyone deter you from your dreams.

    Looking forward to hearing all about it. 🙂

    December 16, 2014 at 12:08 pm
  • Reply Kristen

    Thanks, Ashley — I appreciate the encouragement. Best of luck to you as you prep for the next step!

    December 16, 2014 at 12:24 pm
  • Reply Marcella Denada Putri

    I couldn’t agree more! Been in that situation

    December 16, 2014 at 1:24 pm
  • Reply dancinginaugustrain

    Good luck!

    December 21, 2014 at 5:05 pm
  • Reply prateekarora

    Sailing in a similar boat (quit my work recently) and totally loving the idea of heading towards this uncertainty that awaits me.. Good luck for all the great adventures waiting to greet you 🙂

    December 22, 2014 at 3:14 am
    • Reply Kristen

      It’s an exciting and scary time but the right attitude makes all the difference. Good luck to you in your endeavors as well!

      December 22, 2014 at 8:53 am
  • Reply caseyfabling

    Good luck!

    December 22, 2014 at 11:39 pm
  • Reply Isabel

    Good luck, I’m sure you will get pretty far whichever direction you take! You’re smart & very determined, that’s more than what others can say about themselves. The best of luck & success!

    December 24, 2014 at 3:12 pm
    • Reply Kristen

      Thank you so much, Isabel!!! 🙂

      December 28, 2014 at 7:45 pm
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