First Person: I Walked Off My Job and Survived

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Working for corporate America wasn't all I thought it would be. I was getting up at 4:45 a.m. each morning and leaving for work by 5:30 a.m. to make it to the office by 7:00 a.m. This was not an ideal situation for a working mom. My two older children were getting themselves off to school and the youngest, 15 months, was spending the majority of his time with a babysitter. Unfortunately I was making almost $4,000 per month. This wasn't going to be easy but, I wanted more out of life. I wanted more for my children. When changes in the company divided our office I knew it was time to make my move. I typed up my letter of resignation and left it for my boss.

Stress

Leaving my job was very stress relieving. No, I didn't have my great pay check any longer, but I had something else, peace of mind. I immediately signed up with two temporary agencies and laid out my criteria for working. Leaning on my savings ($12,000) I reinvented myself and my job. I still worked 5 days each week through the temporary agency, but I was working closer to home and able to spend more time with my family.

Commute

My once hour and a half commute was now 20 minutes. I was able to save on over $200 each month on gas and I was saving $60 each month on parking.

Pay Off

I now took the older two to school each day and was able to pick them up after school. My youngest was only a few minutes from where I was working and he loved being able to see mommy more. My day care costs were reduced by $200 per month because my son was there fewer hours each day and I didn't have to pay extra for taking him in early at 5:30 a.m. each morning.

I had more time to eat healthy and make healthy meals for my family. If I didn't like a job the temporary agency offered I was able to decline it without penalty. I also had an extra bonus after doing this for over a year. A company really liked my work and I really liked the company and they hired me permanently. The best part of that was I was right back to my $4,000 per month salary with all of the above benefits.

While walking off the job is never ideal it was the best decision I ever made and I have no regrets. I later learned that half of my coworker were fired the following week. It seems changes in management meant changes in the entire staff. I am glad I left when I did.

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