The 10 Best Things About Quitting My Job

The 10 Best Things About Quitting My Job

I quit my job well over a year ago, and I haven’t felt happier. Honestly, living a simpler life has done wonders for me. Sure, less money isn’t great, but a heavy heart isn’t something I want to live with forever. So, to lighten my mood (and hopefully yours), I’ve worked out ten amazing things, about quitting my job.

01. I’m way happier
The ultimate reason I quit my job, is because I was unhappy. Happiness just comes first for me, usually no matter what the circumstances. I have experiences sacrificing my happiness, and all it did was decrease my will to live. Feeling down does absolutely nothing for the soul, and now that I’m feeling free, I’m feeling brighter. Huge bonus!

02. I get to blog more often
While working, I really struggled to keep up my blog. Sure, I managed to write posts on trains and on my lunch, but it was like working two jobs at once and it was just too much. Right now, I work a flexible job and work part-time, so my brain can handle my schedule and so can my readers. I love being able to sit and home and just write!

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03. No more overtime
As much as the extra money was awesome (despite tax), working overtime was just the worst thing about my old job. The dread in my mind, anytime my evil boss would say “can you work extra hours this evening?” or “can you come in this Saturday?” was just the suckiest thing. Yeah, suckiest. I really hated having to work when I didn’t want to, and it turned every task into a chore.

04. No more demon boss
One of the worst things about my old job was my manager. When I tell you this woman was evil, she would literally try to make me work from 7am to 7pm, and refused me holidays until November. She encouraged the team to make me feel like an outcast, all because I didn’t suck up to her like she was the greatest human to walk the Earth. I’m so glad to be rid of her.

05. No more work parties
For some people, this is the highlight of the year but for me it was the worst thing ever. I knew I wasn’t going to be at my job for very long, so I didn’t want to be too close to anyone anyway. But, my team was very… sloppy. I worked in the centre of Leeds which meant we were surrounded by the worst clubs – not really my scene.

fashion, summer, style, pinterest, anika may, ootd06. Goodbye commute
I hated the commute to work. I’m sure many people do. It got to the point of people basically having assigned seating on my train because it was the same people, in the same carriage, on the same train, to the same destination, at the same time, five days a week. It was comfortable having such a realistic routine, but dull because I didn’t enjoy it. Good riddance!

07. The occasional lie-in
Naturally, I wake up at around 7am because I like to get the day started in good time. I certainly don’t miss getting up at 5am just to sit at a desk all day. Now I work part-time, I can blog when I like, but also take a day to lay in bed a little longer if needed. It’s sort of like my holiday, and comes in handy when those period cramps decide to make their month visit. I hate those.

08. I can chase my dreams
In reality, my dream is to blog full time. To write for magazines and websites, to design clothes and take photos; to write a novel and publish art. I also want to build my own business. The list is endless, and I can finally get started now that I have more time to focus on what I really want to do. I feel more motivated when finishing a task I actually wanted to start.

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09. Better mental health
I’ve always struggled with anxiety, depression and panic attacks. However, those dreadful symptoms only intensified when I was working my 9-5 job. It was almost every day, I would have to force myself to walk into the office, trying to ignore the heart palpitations and desperation to cry. That’s all over now, and since leaving, I’ve been able to take care of myself much better!

10. Meaningful rewards
Sure, earning a wage every month was great, and I still have that with part-time work. But when I’m blogging, and I pass a milestone, achieve a goal or succeed in my own eyes, the reward feels so much sweeter because I’m doing what I love. From a nice comment to earnings from a sponsored post, it all just feels so much better, now that I’m emotionally invested in my job as well as my hobby.

Have a great week!

Anika xo

 

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  • It’s a great thing you quit your job as it was making you really miserable. Glad you’re happier and in a better mental space! xx
    Coco Bella Blog

    • Thank you so much! I feel 100000x better haha 🙂 xo

  • I could never quit my job at the moment its my main income so I am dependant on it. Good for you – you do get so much time to do things that makes you happy.

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

    • I didn’t quit til I knew I had something to fall back on, but happiness means more 🙂 xo

  • I once quit a job …although they used to pay me very well , hours were way too long they expected you to do extra hours (for free of course) long into the evening and by the time I commute back home it would be like 9pm to be in bed by 10pm (it wasn’t a life!!!!!) , I was stress everyday , upset to not be good enough, sometimes crying in the staff loo …my boss was a total bitch with everybody for no valid reasons, she often made me feel like I was stupid and worth nothing. I hated that job so I left after 3 years and have been much happier since then. Now I am a mum at home with a 6 months loving baby , training to work with my partner as a freelance video editor and do my blog & photography work part time. What more to ask. I will never earn as much money but I realised a while back that money do not bring happiness , I rather get less money, enjoy my baby and my partner and be home all together everyday and have no one on my back 12 hours a day reminding me that I am ‘nothing’ and I can be replace within minute (although it took them forever to replace me as they couldn’t find anyone with my experience haha!! they end up getting a junior to train which probably cost them a fortune haha!! )

    http://allornothing-blog.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/soaper-duper.html#more

    • Sounds just like me! And sounds like you’re living my dream life now haha 🙂 It’s so much better to have your sanity and happiness over chasing a life of wealth. Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Marie! xo

      • Maybe we work in the same office? haha! I wont say who they were tho just in case. Well I hope you ‘ll get to live the life I live , I am wealthy not with money but with my partner, baby etc.
        xx

        Here my new blog post ! fresh from this morning 🙂

        http://allornothing-blog.blogspot.co.uk/

        • Haha possibly! Although I worked in Leeds 🙂
          Thank you so much! xo

          • me it was in London 🙂

  • It sure sounded like you were miserable. Happiness and peace of mind should come first in every way. So you’re better off for it. Way to go! xx

    KacheeTee.com

    • Totally! Agree with you 100%, thanks! xo

  • Courtney Hardy

    I’m glad you’re happier, it sounded like that was a bad job and it’s awesome that you had something to fall back on so it’s all good.
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

  • Love this!! I’m glad I don’t have a traditional job. Sometimes it does suck since I don’t have a constant pay check but I love it!

    • Yeah there are downsides, but the good totally outweighs the bad!

  • Sometimes you just have to put your happiness first, especially when it’s affecting your mental health! Money really isn’t everything, so glad you’re in a happier place now x

    heart-autumn.co.uk

    • Totally agree! Thanks, Emma 🙂 xo

  • Thank you so much! xo

  • I recently quit my job and I love it how much time I can put on my blog now. But I still would like to get a part-time job to get money somewhere, because blogging doesn’t pay much yet. Someday!

    Heidi ✨ | Heidi’s Planner | Instagram

  • Kim

    Quitting something that you hate must take so much weight off your shoulders! Hope we hear more stories about you pursuing your dreams!

    Kim
    Simply Lovebirds

  • Good for you on quitting your job! Seems like you were really unhappy with it at the first place and you are in a much better stage now. xx

    Shireen⎜Reflection of Sanity

  • Jen

    Sounds like you made the hen right decision! Money is great but not if you’re miserable. Best wishes on your blogging journey!! Xx Jen beautylifemom.com

  • Zinny

    When the workplace becomes too toxic, I never encourage anyone to remain there much longer. It’s a good thing you have your sanity back. I once worked part-time and I enjoyed it, I had ample time and free days to do whatever I wanted lol. Now I work full-time, not much time as before, but I enjoy my job and the company I work for is pretty great, I was also able to negotiate my start time so that works for me! All the best.

    http://www.zinnyfactor.com

  • I can relate so much to this post! I’ve qutted my job month ago and I feel happier

    Dani | https://struda.blogspot.com/

  • Amy-Anne Williams

    It’s so great that you feel so brilliant after quitting your job! There’s always a sense of freedom and wellbeing that follows, and it’s such a great feeling.

    Amy;
    Little Moon Elephant

  • What’s important is that you are happy and I’m glad your in a happy place Anika : ) xo

    Natoya

    http://www.juanitalikes.com