Take the Plunge!
Ever wondered what it would be like to take a risk but too scared to do it? Well I am living proof that it can be done and you won't die.. okay slightly morbid, but seriously JUST. DO. IT.
Have I survived? Absolutely. Thriving actually!
A week ago today I packed up 3 years of memories and resources and waved goodbye to Tully. Was I sad? Of course. Did I doubt my decision? You bet. Have I survived? Absolutely. Thriving actually! As with leaving any job, you go through a cycle:
# Yep, it's time for a change.
# Ahhh, I am so excited.
# I'm going to exercise more, socialise more, work less etc
# Hmm, what if it doesn't work out?
# What about my kids? Will the new person connect with them?
# I feel really bad, maybe I shouldn't go..?
# No, they'll be okay. People leave jobs all the time.
# I need this!
# Yes, I can do this!
# I'm doing it!
Can you relate? Did you have similar feelings? I've heard that I was no different to anyone else and everyone goes through a similar cycle during their transition time. I guess I was lucky enough to have everyone's support (well mostly, a couple of my clients weren't impressed but ultimately happy for me).
If I'm being honest, leaving was quite anti-climatic (which I think helped). I went from having two full days on my last week to two half days, meaning I didn't have to say so many tearful goodbyes, but on the other hand I didn't get to say goodbye to many of my favourites. I was working on my own, so there wasn't a "goodbye" cake or "see you later" lunch but again, maybe that helped ease the guilt of leaving? My boss saw me off on Thursday and I received some beautiful flowers and a cheese board from one of my clients which made it all worth it.
...leaving was quite anti-climatic...
One week working full time in Cairns and I already feel refreshed. I tested out my new timetable (inclusive of admin time) and I can report I already approve. I've also managed to be much more social (already) and haven't hated working a few hours on the weekend. It's crazy how one change could make such a difference. So if you find yourself questioning whether or not you should make a change, more times than not, you probably should. The benefits will ALWAYS out weigh the negatives. Worst case scenario it doesn't go to plan, come up with a Plan B. Success doesn't come easy, but it's worth all the blood, sweat and tears.