Sunday, June 15, 2014

Why I Left a "Real" Job for Something Unconventional

I resigned from a perfectly respectable job, with decent pay to work a job with very little certainty and I know I made the right choice. While I was still in the final throws of finishing school I landed a job as a "Jewelry and Beauty Specialist," (which I find tremendously funny because I know virtually nothing about either.) Long story short, I took the job because I needed the money.... A few months into it though I knew that I wouldn't be satisfied staying there very long. So after a lot of thought and prayer I decided to go out on a limb to do something radically different.

I became a freelance theater teacher.

I'm reopening my sewing business.

I'm finally writing a history curriculum.

I'm not going to lie, the idea of quitting a secure job where I was certain of a pay check from week to week to do something with little to no certainty was a little extremely daunting. I wrestled with whether or not I was doing the right thing staying there or if I was right to move on. All sorts of what-ifs.

After much prayer and lots of conversations with my mom and dad, things started to fall into place and I came to several realizations.

1. Working in an extremely secular environment wasn't profitable. I'm going to be honest, right off the bat, this was one of the most compelling reasons why I decided it was time to move on. I've spent a lot of time working in a secular environment, but working in retail was the most concentrated anti-Christian environment I've been in. While I was blessed to work with co-workers who were very kind and thoughtful, it was incredibly difficult to be constantly inundated with worldliness in every form so much was disguised to look pleasant and enjoyable.

2. My "real" job completely took over my life. It seemed like I never had time to do anything besides work. Because it ended up that I was working such crazy hours, I was either at work or home too exhausted to do anything. There was no time left for anything else; I couldn't help around the house, I didn't have time to do anything with my family, and I could pretty much totally forget about doing anything else on the side.

3. My "real" job was keeping me from doing the things I set out to do. When I started college, I did it with a very specific purpose. I wanted to teach. God has given me talents and passions that I want to use for His glory. Some how, my job didn't seem like the best use of them.  That's not to say that I couldn't bring glory to God at my job, but it felt like settling for an "okay situation" instead of opting for the best option.

4. I had no intentions of staying at that job for the rest of my life. I knew that eventually I would move on from that job. Why was I going to commit more time to a job I would one day leave? Rather than getting more comfortable with my steady pay check, it seemed better to make the transition to what I wanted to do and get acclimated to the struggles, benefits and blessings that came with doing something different.

5. I'd rather do ten things I enjoy/love/am passionate about to get by, than one thing that I only tolerate. Someone somewhere once said, do what you love and you will never work a day in your life. Frankly, I think that sounds a little overrated, because I know that even though I might love doing something there will be days when it's tough, when I get discouraged, when I don't want to keep doing it. But I know that in the end I will be more fulfilled for not just settling for the conventional choice.

I'm not claiming that I know what God has planned for me, not by a long shot, but I'm at peace with my decision. I'm content doing what I love, teaching and working with people. I'm happy because I can be there for my family again.  I'm trusting that if this is where God wants me that He will provide the means for me to continue to do it. I know that regardless of what my future holds He's planned my steps.

1 comment:

  1. I so appreciate that, Holly!!! Thank you for being different and doing what is right for you! Such a beautiful example.