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Reasons I Left My Job

Recently I decided that I was going to leave my job. It was a tough decision, one that took me many months to decide. I had been at this job for several years, and the thought of trying to go and do something else was a little scary. For a while, I would wake up each morning, tell myself that today would be the day I give in my two-week notice. But I would come home later that day, still having not given it in. This process continued on for longer than I’d like to admit, until I finally pushed myself to do it. I know there are a lot of people out there who are contemplating leaving their jobs, and I’m hoping that by giving the reasons why I left mine, you’ll be able to find the courage to leave your own.

The first reason I left my job is because I no longer liked the people I was working for and with. From the time I started until I left, there had been a major turnover at the company I was working at. Most of the people I started with were no longer there, and the replacements were not all that great to work with. My co-workers were unfriendly, and my boss was too overbearing. I had no real friends at work, making the day seem like it was dragging on. My work went unappreciated, and no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t get the office to be a friendlier place.

Secondly, I no longer enjoyed the work I was doing. I had started out as a writer, getting to choose which topics I would cover and how I would cover them. As time went on I was promoted, and ended up mostly editing other’s work. While at the time a promotion seemed like a good thing – there was certainly a pay increase – I missed getting to write. I found ways around this – sometimes I assigned myself articles when someone was out or we were behind – but it wasn’t enough. I no longer found job in my work, and this made it hard to find a reason to go in to the office each day.

Lastly, I finally realized that I was simply unhappy. Going to work brought me no joy, and not leaving my job made me miserable outside of work. The only time I was happy was when I was so busy doing something else – traveling, or at a party – that I would forget about work for a while. It took me a while, but one morning I finally woke up and realized I didn’t want to do it anymore. I decided that no matter how hard the future would be, at least taking a step to make myself happy would be better than no step at all. That morning I went straight into my boss’s office and told him I would be finishing out the month, and then moving on.

Looking back, I can say that leaving my job was one of the hardest things I had to do, but it shouldn’t have been. When you’re unhappy, you should do everything you can do fix that as soon as you can. Life is too short to spend it miserable. If this means leaving your job, then I suggest you do so.

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Why You Should Travel

Traveling is one of the best things you can do in your life. It offers so many different benefits, ones that can only be achieved through travel. Many of us go through life hardly ever leaving our home state, let alone go to an entirely new culture altogether. There is so much out there to experience, that wasting your time in your hometown is tragic. If you have been looking for some motivational reasons to travel, I have decided to put together a short list. Hopefully by reading it, you’ll get that kick in the pants you’ve been looking for to go out there and start seeing the world.

1. Experience New Cultures – There are so many cultures out there, some of which can be vastly different than your own. By traveling, you get to experience these people first hand and develop your own opinion on them. Instead of relying on what other people say, or what you hear on the TV, you can see what another culture is like for yourself. You may find that it is actually very similar to your own, or that it has aspects you admire that are missing in yours. When you travel, keep an open mind and be ready to experience new cultures for what they are. You may find what you like.

2. Break Routine – Traveling doesn’t have to mean spending months on the other side of the world. Sometimes travel can simply mean getting away to break your daily routine. Too many of us are stuck in a rut, essentially doing the same things and going to the same places every day. Break out of this by going somewhere new. Even if it is only an hour away from where you, experiencing something new will help grow your imagination and give your mind the break it needs from the daily grind.

3. Not That Expensive – “But Kate, traveling is so expensive! I don’t have the money for that!” I hear this all the time, but many people don’t realize how this is not always true. If you are willing to be a little adventurous, you can travel anywhere for much less than you think. With room-sharing sites like AirBNB.com, and couch surfing websites, you can find accomidations in any country for a fraction of the cost you’d see at a hotel. In addition, you have the opportunity to meet someone from that country/city who can show you around and tell you what things to see. It is a great way to meet new people and travel on a budget. There are plenty of ways to travel without spending your life savings, you just have to be willing to look for creative alternatives and doing some research.

Don’t let your excuses keep you from traveling. It is a big world out there, and you deserve to see as much of it as you can. Start planning your next (or first) trip now, and you’ll see that you don’t have to spend a lot of money just to get away. Your mind will thank you later, and your future self will be happy for the memories.