Tuesday, December 16, 2008

And it All Comes Out

So like I said yesterday.... I've been a little secretive about a few things lately because I wasn't sure who was and who wasn't reading my blog. Some of you may already know this because of our
DM messages on Twitter... But for those of you that do not... I quit my job yesterday because I interviewd and received a new job
that is set to start in January!!

It is a great opportunity for me, especially in todays economy where people are having a difficult time finding work. Back in September I got a phone call from this woman who said she came across my resume on Monster and asked if I was still interested in a teaching position with a local hosptial by my house teaching children between the ages of 5 and 17 that have mental and behavioral disorders. So for the hell of it I said sure! And right then and there she set up a phone interview for the next day... A week later they set up another phone interview and it too went great... I hadn't heard anything in about 2 weeks but sure enough I got a phone call asking if they could set up a 3rd and final in-person interview.. I was very excited, never did I think it would have gotten this far...

You see, I was 1 out of 50 that were intitally interviewd....And then I was
1 out of 10 that got a 1 on 1 interview. So I went, the interview lasted 2 hours and it seemed to go great... But again, I didn't hear anything for about 1 month so I assumed I just didn't get it...

Sure enough I got a phone call with an official offer! And this is where the stress begins.. I kept thinking how am i going to leave my students, students that love and admire me. Students that love being in my class, students that are sad when I'm out for the day! I felt like such a bad person, like such a bad teacher... And then I thought about my friends at work and my bosses and how I love everyone.. And I thought about how comfortable I am there... And that's when it hit me! I can't stay at a job just because I'm comfortable. And just because I'm scared to go somewhere new.

So yesterday i told my bosses that this would be my last week of work. I have a 2 week Winter Break coming up so I was fortunate enough to leave them with 3 weeks notice. It just all happened so quickly. I was so upset when telling them I sobbed... I sobbed because I really want to stay even though I know I can't!

There are a million reasons for me not to take the job! But when it comes down to it there are only 2 reasons for me to take it. 1. It's double then what I'm making now and 2. Health benefits... So I've realized the time has come for me to move into a different stage of my professional life no matter how scary and anxious I feel. No matter how much I want to cry and hide in my comfort zone. It's somthing I have to do to grow both in my professional and personal life.

I have really enjoyed working at my school and that's why it was an extremely hard decision for me to make. So now I have some big changes coming up in my life and I just hope I have made the right decision. I'm sure I'll have many tears the first few weeks and I'm sure I'll need you all to lean on! I'll need you to listen and ask for your advice...

24 comments:

Auburn Kat said...

Congrats!

While leaving a job that you enjoy, especially when you work with wonderful people can be extremely difficult I think that you are making the best decision for you. The new job sounds like a great opportunity...more money and health benefits are both really good things!

Lori said...

I can see why that would have been a very hard decision for you. I hope everything works out for everyone

Mama Smurf said...

I'll bet you'll love the new job just as much as you loved the old one. Health benefits and double the pay are all the reasons you need. That's HUGE! Congratulations girl!

Somewhere In Between said...

Good luck, and Congratulations!!!! I'm sure everything will work out the way it is supposed to for you!

La Petite Belle said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! how awesome.. we are both starting our new jobs in january!!!! yaaay!

Lily said...

Congratulations! This is a huge step! I left a very comfortable, routine job in October. I definitely cried when I left, I felt like I was leaving part of myself behind (then again, with the amount of hours I put in there, I probably did leave part of my soul!). It's really tough to uproot and move on, but you have to explore these opportunities when you're presented with them! Way to go! I can't wait to hear how it works out!

Legallyheidi said...

Good luck and congrats! I'm sure the new job will be just as great as the old one - it's always tough to leave jobs you actually enjoy <3

Louise said...

WOW that is awesome, good for you stepping out!
I will be thinking of you during this transition;)
(((HUGS)))

thatShortChick said...

congrats! i'm sure you'll do wonderfully in the new position!

MeLaNiE said...

Congrats! I know it's hard, but hang in there because it will be worth it! It sounds like a fun job!

Sarah Elizabeth said...

Congratulations! This is a great step for you in growing personally and professionally! I'm sure it was super hard to leave your job, but when you think about it in the long-run the kids will remember all of the fun times they had with you, not be mad at you for leaving.

Good luck, I look forward to hearing all about the new job next month!

Matt said...

Congrats!! I'm sure it will be great!

Christy said...

I had to quit my teaching job mid-year when we moved to NJ. It was very
stressful.

Congratulations on the new job!

Giovanna Diaries said...

That's great news! I know it must have weighed heavily on you but you got the worst part over with.
Good luck and I hope you love it.

Katelin said...

aw congrats that's so exciting even if it is scary too. you'll do wonderfully! :)

Missy said...

wow, congrats! How exciting!

Amanda. said...

Dana....my love pie!

I know you are sad.
Understandable. BUT...
try and not to be sad
or scared for a new
place...and truly embrace
in this time!

You ROCK! You know that
right? Being the top dog
out of 50. Ummm...hollla.

Pat yourself on the back!
(If you haven't already)

I know it is tough to move
on and to change...but like
you said, you think it is
going to be better for you...
so keep on running with
that thought!

You're going to be amazing!
(Just like you are right now)

I'm SO excited for youuuu!
Enjoy your break...and get
ready for a fabulous new
year!

Pam said...

By do I understand leaving a place you enjoy working so you can do better for youself! That is why I left my last position for the one I am in this year. As hard as it is- and I know it is hard!- you did the right thing. You have to look our for yourself and your family. I hope you LOVE the new job! can't wait to hear all about it.

Danielle said...

I am so excitef for you! i know you will be fab at the new job! Enjoy the holidasy and get ready for a fresh new start!

Anna said...

Oh wow, congrats!! Good luck at your new job...I know you will be great!

EP said...

Congrats again! I'm so excited for you and this new opportunity, no matter how scary it seems right now. You're going to be great!

SF said...

wow congrats!
we're in the same field :)
Well not the teaching part, but working with people with mental/behavioral concerns

MarvelousMOM said...

Congratulations! This is a wonderful opportunity. Of course your kids are going to miss you but you are going to be giving to some wonderful new kids that really need you. How amazing and wonderful. I am excited for you and I am sure it is going to go well. And of course we will all be right here cheering you on and supporting you.

Steph said...

This is so great! I'm very happy for you!