My First Two Months After Quitting a Crappy Job

Exactly two months ago, on March 11th, I quit my job.

I had been working for the company-I-shall-not-name since June 2010. Nine months. Not a very long time, but long enough to make me lose 5 kilos and almost get crazy. But even though I was getting crazy and crazier, more and more stressed, and even a little depressed, it took me quite some time to make up my mind and decide to leave.

I kept telling myself that maybe I could stay a little bit longer, it wasn’t so bad after all. Actually, it was! The team had been understaffed since before Christmas, the amount of work was getting higher and higher, and the amount of stress as well. The supervisor was a mess, and to be honest the salary wasn’t that great.

But I had a salary after all, didn’t I? That’s true. But was it worth almost getting sick for so little a salary? Having the privilege to choose and take some time off, I finally made my decision.

Eventually I told my supervisor that I didn’t like how the project was managed, that I had enough and in two weeks I was leaving. And after two very, very, very long weeks, finally the moment to say goodbye arrived. Freedom, at last!

It’s been now two months since I have left the company-I-shall-not-name. How is it going? Great!

Now I get the time to do all the things I didn’t have time to do while I was working.

I picked up some knitting projects, and I’m making some attempts at crafting. I’m trying out new recipes, and I’m baking cakes. I also eat them 🙂 (with a little help from M.) but I didn’t gain my 5 kilos back. Which is not a bad thing, after all.

Pear and ginger cake

I can also go shopping! When I was working either the shops where closed (in what country the shops close at 5 pm?? The Netherlands…) or I was too tired to go out. Now I can go out, even just for a walk, whenever I want.

I keep reading, the only difference is that I’m on the couch – with a coup of tea and a piece of cake – and I don’t have to stop reading because I have to get off the train. Or because I’m too tired after a day at work, and my eyes are closing.

I started gardening. I’m growing a sunflower and some herbs. I got celery, parsley, chives and basil. They’re still too small, not quite enough to season the new recipes I’m trying, but I’ll just have to wait a little bit.

Home garden

I also started this blog. Like my plants, this blog too will grow with time? We’ll see.

While I do all these things, I’m also taking the time to think what I really want to do with my life. So since a few weeks I’ve started a course on translation. Now it’s a good time to go back to something I studied and I like (and was good at. Let me brag a little!).

I’m still not sure where I will end up. What I’m sure of is that I’m finally trying to be the one who makes things happen, and not just wait to stumble upon them by chance.


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