Well, it’s official, I QUIT MY JOB! (insert every emoji you can think of)
It was bittersweet doing so, but in order for me to grow I had to go. It sucks leaving what you know for something new. I won’t say that I’m not afraid of change, but for the first time in my life, I’m content with a decision. I’m typically indecisive, but this decision happened fast and the two weeks after I put in my notice really flew by.
I was touched by every single thank you that I received from the parents, teachers, and my other coworkers for every thing I had done. It really showed me that just when you think no one is looking or cares, that’s not the case. The best people in life are REALLY FREE!
When I told people that I was quitting my job, well I said leaving my job, I received a lot of mixed reactions. Some were happy for me. Some thought I was crazy. Here I am, 24, unemployed, about to have a Masters degree, no savings, yet I left my job? What’s the sense in that?
Sometimes you have to just do whatever the hell it is that makes you happy. I am beyond appreciative for every single person that supports me in this decision. The outpouring of love that I received on my last day of work , well my last week really, really touched me. I knew that I was great at my job, but to be recognized for it took me to another level. I don’t need accolades or any other major recognition. A simple thank you has all sufficed for me.
Gifts are always nice too right? What really touched me about every single gift that I received, is that everything was a representation of who I am. I’m a die hard Steelers fan that’s obsessed with owls, keychains, and stationery (hence why I’m a planner), plus I’m a huge sucker for sentimental gifts.
One parent went above and beyond and gave me a goodie bag filled with all of my favorite things. From keychains, to a half dozen pair of owl socks, and my favorite gift of all, a football frame with an image printed inside saying “I STEEL Believe.” The conversations that you have with people really resonate and we’ve had plenty of conversations about not just her son, but our personalities as well. For her to touch base on everything, really got me. I always told her that she was such a great gift giver and she did not disappoint with this one.
Then there was a family that I had grown extremely close to over the course of the past year or so. The gift was an Alex & Ani bracelet with the charm, the four leaf clover for “blessing, clover, prosperity.” I’ve always wanted an Alex & Ani bracelet so it was a surprise to receive one. What really touched me though was the card. To read how much you’re loved and appreciated is amazing. It shows that even on those days when you’re just not feeling it yet you turn it off to put a smile on the child’s face, it’s worth it.
My favorite gift of all would definitely be the DIY Steelers jersey. On the front it has 15 for my birthday and the back says Ms. Lakia with the number again. What’s so cool about the back is that the number is autographed with the staff and kids names. Talk about a tear jerker.
I am beyond appreciative for every thank you and good luck that I received. All the support showed just how much I was appreciated and how much I’ll be missed. You can’t pay for that kind of love. Genuine hearts are hard to find and I’m glad I was able to be encounter many and touch the lives of others as well.
On to the next journey.