It finally happened… I put in my notice at my job.
That’s right, May 24th will be my last night working retail!
I’ve been working at Animal Attraction pet store in Greeley for going on 8 years or so on and off. It was my high school job. I quit shortly after going off to college then worked a few other jobs in between before going back for another 3 1/2 years this last time.
I don’t have anything against the store or working there. I’ve always been passionate about all animals, particularly reptiles and amphibians so having a job that would foster my curiosity was always great. Helping out customers is trying at times, I’m sure anybody that has worked any type of retail job can tell you that though.
Anyway, even though working at the pet store wasn’t a bad gig, it’s time for me to move on. As much as I still have interest in animals I’m just not happy working that job anymore. It’s not what I’m passionate about. (I used to breed various types of reptiles, I was that into it)
I’ve always been the type to pursue and become involved with things that I’m passionate about. When I start to realize that I’m not as interested or happy anymore I move on to the next thing that really pumps me up.
Saying that, I’ve had arguments with people about this mindset. I’ve been told/asked, how will I be successful if I don’t settle down and focus on one career or path in life?
I don’t think it’s possible to be unsuccessful if I follow what I’m excited about and am able to make ends meet.
For me, it hasn’t been about choosing the job that makes me the most money, it has been about doing the things that I’m excited to do.
Putting in my notice is the best possible example of this. I’m quitting a job where I was making a steady income to instead pursue photography, blogging and freelance writing.
Talk about taking a leap of faith right?
Will I be making as much? Right off the bat, nope, not even close. I’ll eventually work my way back up to that income level.
Why am I doing this?
I’ve gotten addicted to photography/video and I’ve been reading non stop about blogging, traveling, freelance writing, and making a lifestyle out of it all.
This has been in my head for a while. Actually, it’s #60 on my bucket list.
The problem is that as much as I wanted to make that happen, I didn’t need to make it happen.
I procrastinate, so if I don’t NEED to do something, I won’t. Not until I absolutely have to.
I’m completely confident that when I don’t have my regular income that I’ll be turning this idea into something more.
Also… I’ll be moving to Central America in October so I kinda sorta have to make something with all of this. (more on that coming later!)
What do you guys think? Smart choice, dumb choice? Do you ever take a leap and trust in yourself that you’ll be able to make something happen?
Let me know what you think in the comments below!