I fucking did it. WOW.
I turned in my notice today. In 2 weeks, I will be without a job, with nothing lined up, no income, nothing. It really is happening, and I am balancing being scared out of my mind with being absolutely exhilarated at the upcoming opportunities that I have in front of me.
In 3 weeks, my journey towards an EPIC 2011 continues, with what will prove to be a life changing and inspiring transition. My lifestyle, livelihood, profession, goals, will all change.
I will get a chance to take a step back from the corporate world and focus on myself, my family, my passion and my hobbies. Something that I have not had a chance to do in 15 years. I can pursue my love of photography or my newfound outlet of creative writing. I can learn to cook (better). I can start a new business or pursue a new an alternate career. I can do anything.
My wife and I have lived in Southern California for basically our entire lives. She is a recognized top salesperson for the largest telecom company in the country. I am a Senior Systems Engineer in the IT industry. We have lived the corporate, rat race life that is typical of a Southern California couple with dual income and no kids. Since we met, we have longed for a life outside of California. The lifestyle of “keeping up with the Jones'”in suburbia.
6 months ago, I walked away from my 8+ year career with an IT Solutions vendor to take a job in the corporate retail space with a national clothing retailer. That move scared me a little due to the fact that my job security with my previous employer was rock solid, as I had been with them through thick and thin, but in reality, had maximized my potential with my only hopes for a promotion being in the employment of another company with more room for me to move up the ladder.
For the 5+ years, Juliet has worked her way through the ranks as a very decorated and accomplished sales representative with a national wireless provider. For her, the only step up was to move into a managerial role. With that in mind and the company’s non-official policy that in order to move up in the company, you need to be able to move to different regions, we began looking for relocation and management opportunities for Juliet across the country. After various interviews for positions in Southern California, Northern California and Atlanta, Georgia failed to pan out, we decided that we needed to just live our lives and when the opportunity was right, it would come and find her.