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Resigned To Resigning

We didn’t want to do it. Seriously. Absolutely no interest. However, we knew if we were going to be leaving, it would be challenging to stay gainfully employed with the radio station at the same time.

Often when people leave a job to take on something similar to this, they usually tell you about the “cubicle hell”, they are trying to escape….monotonous paper pushing, simply going through the motions of collecting a paycheque, counting the years until they can retire….no thanks!

However, with Shawna and I, it was different. We work in a job which has challenged us nearly every day for seven (me) and three (her) years respectively. We work in a fast-paced, commission-based sales environment. We work with an incredible array of industries, and in turn an incredible array of clients. Many of these clients have become friends, as have many of our colleagues. I have often described our sales floor as twenty-some kindergartens with attention deficit disorder. We talked about our office being filmed for some sort of a sitcom.

Like any job or career, it wasn’t perfect. There would always be a few frustrating elements, but once you learned how to deal with any of the rules and politics without getting yourself tied in knots, most of the issues were water off a duck’s back, so to speak.

In spite of all this, we knew it was one of those few dreaded must-do things we had on our list. No resignation means no world travel. Wednesday evening, we decided that no matter how uncomfortable the situation was, we had to address it eventually. And so, yesterday morning we came in to work early, brought our sales manager a coffee, and with butterflies in our stomach, told him about our dreams.

We were nervous….from a financial perspective, we needed to be working until the end of May. By giving our employer close to 2 months notice, we knew there was a small chance we could be let go earlier than that. However, we wanted to be sure that there was a decent amount of time to find people to replace us, so that the transition with our clients was smooth, and we didn’t leave anyone hanging. Regardless our fears were unfounded…our manager was extremely understanding, telling us that he was there to support us, no matter what choices we decided to make in life.

And so, there it is…officially no going back. In truth, we knew there was no going back months ago, but quitting your job pretty much cuts the cord doesn’t it?

We now both feel a sense of relief, as it gets real nerve wracking trying to carry around this secret; it was great to get it off our chests. However, there is still a little bit of “(gulp), what the hell did we just do?!”…we have an April paycheque, a May paycheque, and a final bonus cheque, and that’s it….no more income for Skott and Shawna…

Are we fools? Maybe.

But we both know that, for us, this is the only decision that makes sense.

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9 Responses to “Resigned To Resigning”

  1. Ashley Lenzen April 9, 2011 at 2:04 am #

    Congrats on taking the leap! I’m so glad to hear your manager was so understanding. I bet it feels great to have your secret out there now. I know that when I resigned it was one of the scariest, most nerve-wracking things I’ve ever done (though after it was over, it felt great knowing that I was really going to this traveling thing)…no turning back now!
    Ashley Lenzen recently posted..Long Term Medical Insurance – Read the Fine Print

  2. Skott and Shawna April 9, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

    Hey Ashley – yeah, it wasn’t the most comfortable morning, that is for sure! I think though, that it is all about not burning any bridges, and possibly 15-18 months from now, perhaps that opportunity will still be there. And yes, I suppose now that we are nearing unemployment, what other choice do we have but to head for Spain!

    PS. Thanks for being the very first commenter on our blog…
    PPS See you in Mongolia!

  3. Pete @ Hecktic Travels April 11, 2011 at 9:55 pm #

    Hey Guys, firstly congrats!! D digitally introduced your site to me and you are now in our reader! I love reading stories such as yours. I know what you mean about the stress. When our house was on the market we couldn’t tell anybody. And the tough part was my boss and his fam were good family friends. When that day came that I could hand in the resignation, there couldn’t have been more relief….

    Looking forward to reading your blog going forward. The design looks great BTW. Maybe we’ll catch up with you in Europe (if that is where we decide to hit up next). Best of luck with everything and safe travels.

    Pete @ Hecktic Travels recently posted..Communities and Babies

    • Skott and Shawna April 12, 2011 at 7:29 pm #

      Hey Pete – Cool that you are reading, I think that makes you #3!!! HA! Everything is becoming more and more open as the days move forward…huge relief all around. But yes, we were VERY lucky as to how supportive our manager was… we feel great about the entire situation! Couldn’t be better actually…

      If you guys are heading to Europe, your wife has all the details about the Spain pilgrimage. What’s more fun than walking 25 km per day for a month in the sweltering July heat?? Care to join?

  4. Brock April 12, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    Wow. You did it!! Certainly not easy but it’s done and your trip is even more real then before. You probably already feel the ‘uncertainty’ and lack of comfort in it all. Just try to remember that change doesn’t happen as easy when you’re in your comfort zone. Once you step out of it, truly incredible things can happen! Absolutely thrilled for the two of you!
    Brock recently posted..The Masai Mara- Kenya – Witnessing The Great Migration

    • Skott and Shawna April 12, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

      Woo hoo!!! Yeah, I don’t know if I am terribly comfortable with the idea of no paycheque, but right now it seems we have very little time to think….way too busy just trying to get things done! Thanks for the well-wishes Brock….you have been a pretty big inspiration in all this as well….and if we ever include video on this blog, we will throw in a ‘shout-out’ to you somewhere…I am sure of it!

  5. Andy April 13, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

    Congratulations on taking that leap! My situation is definitely different (and probably much easier), as I was laid off my job last year so there’s none of that resignation anxiety to deal with. It’s still a very scary proposition but one I’m determined to follow through on. I am trying to live by the Mark Twain quote that you’ve posted there. It’s SO true and so inspirational! I’ll be checking you guys out and using your stories as inspiration for when I also become a permanent nomad.

    • Skott and Shawna April 13, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

      Yeah, I suppose it is tough to be concerned about quitting when you don’t have a job…. :)
      It is a very cool quote…often we find ourselves thinking, “are we stupid to be doing this?” But the reality is that we would not doing this so incredibly much it isn’t even funny….
      Good luck with your plans – and thank you for following!!


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