aprilhenry (aprilhenry) wrote,

Two years ago today I said "I quit"

Two years ago today, I gave notice at my day job. At that point, I had worked as a writer for Kaiser Permanente for nearly 18 years - longer than most of my YA readers had been alive.

I was so exhausted and wired when I walked in to work that morning. I had gotten back from meeting with one of my publishers the night before on the other side of the United States. One of my flights back was from Denver, and the first two planes they tried to put us on they decided weren't safe to fly. Since they don't serve meals on airplanes anymore, I had packed some snacks.

Let's just say that it is never, under any circumstances, a good idea to eat two Fiber One bars in one day.

I spent more years than I care to think about working for someone else. The last few years of my job, our department was restructured more times than I could count. I lived through closing one hospital, three CEOs, and four or five department heads.

Quitting was a big risk - one that several friends have also undertake this month.

It was also the BEST decision ever.

Sure, there have been times when we have been broke. And there's no guarantee that this will continue to work.

But I feel so grateful that I was lucky enough - and brave enough - to take this chance.

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