It has been awhile since I posted and before I get back into the swing of things… I wanted to give you guys a quick life update. As many of you know, I work in TV News. It is the only thing I have ever done. I majored in communications, interned at CNN New York and got a job 4 months after graduating at the ABC affiliate in Tallahassee. It has been 16 amazing years in a career I truly loved. Which is why it is still crazy for me to even say this…
I quit my job.
The past year has been a very busy one for me work-wise. The election, a minor hurricane, the Pulse nightclub shooting and the death of Fidel Castro (a biggie in the South Florida news market). It meant a lot of long days, late nights and weekends at work. Which never bothered me before, since those breakers are normally few and far between and are simply part of my job. This time, however, I noticed a change. I had an unsettling feeling.
I tried to ignore it. I told myself I have the perfect TV job. I was a manager. I worked 9-6. I had nothing to complain about. But I kept noticing little things. Like how late I got home. Or not being able to take days off when my kids had no school since my boss was already off. Last minute schedule changes. News things. Things that would never change.
There are few things more terrifying than leaving a well-paying, secure job. I had to think about what was worse: leaving and realizing I made a mistake or never trying? I didn’t want to wonder once my kids were grown if I could have been there more if I would have just tried out a ‘regular’ job.
I didn’t want to have any regrets. The words ‘New Job’ was displayed front and center on my vision board. I put out feelers and started networking. I ended up being offered an amazing opportunity with a PR company and it just felt right. So I quit.
Leaving my job was bittersweet. I really loved the people I work with and I loved news. But I was ready to learn something new and I couldn’t be more excited for this next chapter!