Turning A New Leaf


SummaryTwo weeks ago today, I quit a rewarding and lucrative job without having another gig lined up. Oh, sh*t.

Two weeks ago today, I quit a rewarding and lucrative job without having another gig lined up. Oh, sh*t.

The Immediate Aftermath

The following day consisted of my mind completely shutting down after being unable to answer the following questions:

Apple’s Healthkit app on my phone told me I walked 10 steps that day and not many more the next. Clearly, something had to be done.

Organizing My Concerns

After a few days of lethargy and absorption of what I’d done and what had happened, my mind became restless and went back in to “solve all the things!” mode. When something feels like too big of a task, I remember what my father has asked me since childhood, How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Now, I am not advocating for the consumption of elephants, but you get the point. It was time to break the problem of “What do I do next?” in to many smaller, solvable problems.

Disclaimer: I am not an healthcare nor life expert; this is a story.

Healthcare & Retirement Account(s)

When it comes to the unknown, humility is an asset, for you cannot possibly know everything about everything, so it’s okay to ask people for help. If you’re in this position, make sure you listen to your human resources contact at the company you’re leaving, specifically

Additionally, consult your bank/brokerage firm/family/life liason about what your options are and what they think you need to do to ensure you are handling these things correctly. This is what I have been doing, and it is such a relief when someone can help you down your path.

Paying for Life

Naturally, since I have no income until I either sell a product or do freelance work, expenses have had to be slashed. Eating out, pubs, entertainment, etc., are not great expenses until I add up their cost over a year. Rent, healthcare and car insurance are the major killers. There’s no way I’d be able to even be thinking this way with a family to support, so I’ve got it relatively easy. Luckily, I saved up a bit of money before quitting, so I am cushioned for a little bit.

However, frugal is the word.

What Do I Want and Need?

Once I got past the immediate financial and health issues I was able to start tackling the next question: what do I want and need?

I came up with potential paths to go down, sought advice from family and friends, and came up with the things I need in my life:

There were so many other contenders that, after examing what mattered to me and defining what was just outside my sphere of knowledge and influence, didn’t make sense for right now.

Turning a New Leaf

Currently, I am spending my days focused on learning and working. Here’s my routine:

This daily routine allows me to get things done that matter to me, cut out the things that don’t and make sure I stop and smell the flowers along the way.

Thank Yous

Thank you Emily, my family, Jason Vanderslice, Marty Bauer, James Dabbs and the rest of you (you know who you are) for your guidance, encouragement and friendship.