Why I Quit My Job
On May 6th, 2017 I quit my job….
I was working as a professional waitress, like I did it for 14 years. I was so good at what I did that a customer of mine at the restaurant I was working nominated me for a White Hat Award and I received second place in all of Calgary.
The day I found out I won, one of my bosses told me. He is genuinely such a kind guy and I was so pumped to hear from him that I was being recognized for my hard work. But life isn’t all roses and rainbows, and it was in that moment, right fucking then, that I knew I needed to get out.
My managers and shift leader didn’t even recognize that I had won an award. They made no eye contact. Nothing. Sure they may have said congrats, but I can tell when people mean it and they sure as hell didn’t.
Why did I leave?
I left my job for FoodByMaria because at the time I didn’t feel like I had any other choice. I knew FoodByMaria had potential and that I would most importantly be happy with what I was doing, but I wanted and needed to dive into the deep end to see where I could take it.
Waitressing fulfilled me for many reasons but mostly because I am a social butterfly and I really loved talking to my customers. LIKE LOVED IT! So you’re probably wondering why I left.
I needed to be happy again, that job made me feel like I was walking on eggshells.
I wanted to start my own business and be my own boss.
I wanted to use my education for my career (I did a major in accounting and minor in finance + economics).
I didn’t want to depend on serving for money anymore.
I wanted to test myself.
I wanted to see if FoodByMaria was the real thing – would it be my job?
At my waitressing job, they don’t actually care about me like most jobs do – serving is different. I was easily replaceable and was of no real value to them and I knew I deserved more.
How did it make me feel?
When I finally realized I needed to move on, I felt extreme happiness with the thought of leaving my job. I didn’t give a fuck anymore which made a bad employee but I was excited to challenge myself in a new way, even though it scared the crap out of me.
As soon as I officially quit, I knew it was the right choice because a huge weight was lifted off my shoulders. I was no longer anyones bitch but my own and I was SOOOOOO proud of myself. I didn’t quit my job to find another one. I quit my job to work for myself and grow something that I created with my own sweat, hard work and tears. I always knew I was going to be my own boss one day and play by my own rules, my own hours, my own hard work and I’m doing what makes me happy. I am using my biggest fear to help change people’s lives.
The elephant in the room
I know you’re probably wondering: “But Maria, how do you make any money?”. But what many people don’t see is what happens behind the scenes. I make money on FoodByMaria Treats, my workshops and events that I speak at, through advertisements, sponsorships and collaborations, and don’t forget my CAMP FOOD. It all adds up!
I’ll be the first to say that quitting your job isn’t for everyone, but if you are reading this and thinking: “yes, I want to make my passion project into a full-time career” then I have some advice for you:
Your problem is you think you have time and I don’t want to spend my time on this planet wasting another second. Over the past three years I have lost five people in my life. That has made me see even more now how fragile life really is, it is sacred and it can be taken away like that. Go out with a bang AND DO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY!!! Money will come once you find what makes you HAPPY! You are in control of your circumstances, you can do anything you want to do if you just believe. But it will be hard but it’s much better than being miserable or having regrets.
Before taking the leap or making change…
Here are somethings you should consider. Being your own boss is pretty damn fabulous but holy hannah montana this shit needs to come with a full disclosure agreement, step-by-step guide and a personal therapist, mentor and pick-me-up. It’s hard ass shit and I don’t think it is for everyone. I do not mean that to be rude but straight up, this shit is not for everyone. 24/7 craziness, working to make your OWN living and depending on yourself, your brand and hard work to succeed. Today, literally today, I felt sick out of nowhere. My intern and I were shooting for a big project and I needed to sit down and feel better. I then said to Maria (yes another Maria).. literally no one else can do my job (the photography part) so if I am not on my A game, we’re fucked.
I don’t get paid holidays.
I don’t get wicked work benefits.
I don’t get to have free massages or dental appointments.
I don’t get ‘days off’, unless I choose to.
I don’t get to leave work early if there’s an emergency – I have to drop what I am doing (which could potentially cover my mortgage) and ditch.
I don’t have the luxury of a consistent salary to secure myself for the future.
I do get my happiness.
I do get to choose my employees.
I do get to choose where I work.
I do get to choose to work my ass off and make money to jump-start my career and future with my boyfriend and family, one day.
I do get to leave the country a lot to visit family or even paid vacations.
I do get a lot for free, including food, groceries, personal care products and clothes, but not without a social media thank-you!
I do only have myself to blame if something does not work out.
I do have no worry about getting fired, being laid off or hating my ASS hole boss.
I do choose when I want to work.
I do not have to live in Canada. I am not limited to the country or city I currently live in, I can work anywhere.
I do have the choice to show up to work in my PJ’s with avocado on my tee and my big hair-bun as my do.
I do get to choose if I want to do something. If I don’t want to, I just don’t do it.
I hope these tips and my experience helps you see you can do anything if you just believe! Are you currently working at a job you hate? Or do you love your job? Tell me your stories in the comments below! I love hearing about your life and what you got going on.
Much love from your Greek Goddess.