Today I quit my job

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Preparation, United States | One Comment
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Solo sailing for me from now on

Today I quit my job at the best company I have ever worked for.

It was probably the second hardest decision I had to make in planning this trip, after deciding to actually do the trip itself. I have worked there for more than 8 years including transferring across the country from Colorado to Washington, DC. I joined the company while I was still in school and it became my full-time career upon my graduation. And over the years I have worked my way up from technician, to team lead, the technical manager and now sales manager.

As I planned this day, I thought long and hard about the conversation I would have with my boss. Most people quit their jobs because they are unhappy or have found a newer, more high-paying, better job. The reason I quit had nothing to do with my happiness at work. My decision was about my life and how I want to live it.

When today arrived, I actually had no plan to tell my boss. In my head, I had planned to tell her tomorrow since she and I both worked, and telling her at the end of the week seemed preferable. But she changed her schedule and decided to be off tomorrow! I freaked out internally when I asked her if I’d see her tomorrow. “Ok Logan, breathe, you’re doing this today.” So I built up the courage to ask her for a few minutes of her time just after my break for lunch so I could collect my thoughts.

I stepped out to grab a bite to eat and calm my nerves. I felt like I was having a panic attack (I probably was!) and texted both my mom and a good friend who knows about my trip and works for the same company. They both told me to remain calm, I wasn’t going to vomit in front of my boss, and that they knew she would support my decision. My fears subsided and I wrote down what I wanted to say.

“I’ve decided to leave the company to pursue a long term dream of mine and I wanted to give you plenty of notice before the holiday craziness set in. I would like my last day to be January 9th.” Those few words would seal my fate and make my Round the World trip a reality. (Besides the fact that I already had airfare booked. Ha!)

I marched in to her office, completely prepared, confident as ever and I froze. I stammered and started making small talk. She saw through my ruse and asked what was wrong. Pausing for a moment, I threw it out there, seeing her face go blank in shock. But much to my surprise, she was thrilled for me and completely supportive. We talked for a long time about my plans and then got down to business strategizing a transition plan and when to break the news to the staff.

I love my job. And now I’m leaving it.

Logan Brown is a travel photographer and journalist. He left his hometown of Washington, DC, in January 2015 to see and experience the many places he has only dreamt about. When he is not writing for the Nomad Photographer he can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Google +, and Instagram.

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  1. Ardith
    December 29, 2014

    Logan, as you know, Sat Tara gave me a beautiful book for Christmas called “Inside Tracks: Robyn Davidson’s Solo Journey Across the Outback”. An excerpt from that book made me think of you and the decisions you’ve recently made …

    “The decision to act was in itself the beginning of the journey. I believe when you’ve been stuck too long in one spot, it’s best to throw a grenade where you’re standing and jump and pray.”

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