Posted by: draknor | July 6, 2011

Day 1 – Freedom!

Day 1. Although technically this is really Day 2, or Day 5. But I’m calling it Day 1.

You see, I left my six-figure corporate job on Friday, July 1.  I had my exit interview at 3:00pm and by 3:30pm was leaving the campus for good.  It felt a little surreal, knowing that once I left I couldn’t come back (since I had turned in my security key card), but it still hadn’t really sunk in yet.

Leaving a job like that is a pretty bold move. Just like everyone else I talk to, you are probably wondering why I left.  Was I burned out, stressed from working too many late nights & weekends? Was I frustrated with a boss who didn’t have a clue and didn’t even know me?  Or was I bitter about a company that “trimmed expenses” by cutting every employee benefit & perk to the bone?

No – none of those. In fact, in my exit interview I told HR I thought they really treated their employees well with great salary,  benefits, and perks, my boss had been good, and that my hours had been fine (<45/week average).  No, my reason for leaving was — it was time for something different.  Time to “discover myself”.  The fact is, I wasn’t doing my best work anymore, because my heart wasn’t in it. I had no passion left for the job, despite all of the great benefits & perks.  I tried to fight it — for months or years, maybe.  I changed roles last year hoping that would re-ignite that spark.  But that new spark was short-lived, and that was what convinced me it was time to move on.  Time for a change. Time for a new day.

My aspirations for this blog are to chronicle my transition from the Mon-Fri, 9-5 corporate world to … well, whatever comes next!  I want to share my process of “discovery” — what I want out of life, what I want to add in to my life, and what I want to do with my life.  There are a number of blogs I’ve ran across over the last six months as I was making my decision for this day that provided incalculable support and reinforcement — just by their mere existence. I want to become part of that network and learn from those amazing people. And then provide that support & reinforcement to others who are looking to make the leap.  It’s not an easy decision, even when it looks like it should be!

And with that, my journey starts its new direction!

PS – Why is today Day 1, and not yesterday (Tuesday)? Because my partner had taken yesterday off from her job so we could recover from a long, fun-filled weekend of family & friends, and had I still been working, I would have taken yesterday off as well.  So today, Wednesday, is what really feels like the first “new day” for me.