Last week I gave my two weeks notice. Did you even know that I worked at the USC School of Social Work as the Assistant Director of Development? Most people don’t know this because I rarely write about it. I was that person who went to work by day and came alive by night. My blog captures my alive moments.
When we are growing up, there’s this myth that one day we will know exactly what we want to be. For some it may come easy. For others, there is no clear path. Following your bliss does not always come in a nice package with a salary, office and benefits. No one told me this.
I always thought I would choose passion over comfort. But over the past 3 years I took no risks. I stayed with the same job and learned all I could. I became complacent. I was a fundraiser. I helped others chase their dreams rather than chasing my own.
I quit for two reasons. Reason one was for love, which I will write about later. The other was to do what makes me happy. No one tells you that it is not easy to do this. No one tells you how to give up health insurance, a retirement plan and a stable salary to do something you love. And when we do read about people who do this, there is always a great sense of adventure. The challenges are rarely presented.
I haven’t figured it out yet, but I have learned that sometimes those defining moments to make a change are neither noticeable nor glamorous and don’t just miraculously come along. We must create them. And at times we must find them in the most mundane moments.
I’m excited. Sad to miss my wonderful colleagues and humor that only exists in an office environment. Happy for what lies ahead.
*all pictures taken on breaks at work