No, not from blogging. I don’t think I could ever quit from blogging so don’t you worry about that. I did, however, quit from a place that has caused me extreme anxiety, had a lot of the worst people to deal with aka customers, and had me very underpaid. Did you guess what it is? If you said my job, then you would be correct! I quit my job! It seems so surreal to say that, and I think it won’t be until I come in and realize that I’m not a worker on the schedule but a customer that I really feel the moment. If you didn’t know, I worked at the movie theaters for almost two years. I’m so grateful that I didn’t have to go into another year being somewhere that made me feel the way I did. I’m sure there are some questions that you all may be wondering, so I’ll provide a little FAQ below in case you guys had these questions in mind.
Why did you quit?
If what I said wasn’t explanation enough, I’ll go a little bit deeper into why I quit. Although I had some amazing, chill, and hilarious coworkers and even some management, ultimately that’s not enough. It’s enough for a second to make you forget that you’re in such a toxic environment, but you’re reminded the second you have to turn back around to deal with a rude customer who has a complaint about the smallest thing. My job has given me the worst anxiety when it comes to customers just yelling at me for the dumbest things. If you ask my mom or maybe even my friends, they’d probably say I beat this story with a stick, but the very first Christmas I worked there, I was ripping tickets and telling people where to go. We have this thing called A-list members where they get three free movies a week. Because of that, we are required to check ID to make sure it’s your account..no matter how many times we see you. Well, I was trying to do my job and this guy got so mad and was yelling at me…on Christmas at that. My anxiety was high and he still had to show me it so he wasted both our time plus the managers. It was just insane.
That was my very first job and I’m so grateful for the customer service experience, but if I’m being real, a movie theater job is honestly made for someone who’s either in high school or need a little job while in college. This is unless you plan on aiming for manager. I only say this because the pay is very little for what we put up. The minimum wage is very minimum and you’d have to work your ass off if you want a decent check. That can be impossible sometimes because hours are cut sometimes. There are people who have car notes, trying to get apartments, and all of that. If you don’t have a second job, then you have to go around seeing who wants to give away their hours.
As I said, I’m very grateful and blessed to have gotten the experience. That is something I’ll never regret, which is why I’m not saying being there was a waste because it wasn’t. I received work experience and met some great people that I plan on visiting, if not when I go see a movie, then just on my own accord. However, I’m just tired of being somewhere that I’m not happy. That has been the case ever since I turned eighteen. I’m twenty-five now, and I just want a change for once in my life.
How were you able to quit?
As much as corona has affected our lives terribly, I can say thank the Lord for quarantine! Because of quarantine and my job being one of the establishments having to shut down, I have been getting unemployment on top of the government checks that were being given out every week. I’m not the best with money or saving in the slightest, but I knew this was my chance to save and I took it. I also made sure to save the $1200 that was given as well. I’m not going to say how much I have saved right now, but just know that God blessed me and I did what I had to do. I’m not using it all just because I quit, because I have something else I’m saving for that I’m getting in the near future, but I did allow myself a little bit of my savings, which brings me to my last question you guys probably have.
What are you going to do now?
Continuing on from my last question, I allowed myself to have a certain amount of money for the very few bills that I do have. I calculated them and everything. I am giving myself six months to get my blog fully off the ground and to start my merch shop as well. I mean to where I am making more than just a few dollars and cents on my blog and my podcast. If not, then I have some job searching to do, but we’re not going to say that because I’m putting nothing but positivity in the air. At the end of the day, this is what I want to do. I love blogging with all of my heart and I want this to be my career. Should I have done things a little bit differently? Some may think so, but I did what I felt was right for me. A door was there for me and I went through it. I talked about creating your own path in my recent podcast episode, and that is EXACTLY what I’m doing.
I wanted to write this to not only share my excitement, but also as motivation to you. Yes, you. That person reading this who is absolutely miserable at their job right now. You have so many people in your ear telling you what you should or shouldn’t do. Don’t listen to them. Listen to your heart. If your job isn’t good for your mental health, then do what you feel is best for you. I can’t tell you what that is, but I can say that if you feel quitting is best, then make a plan first, and then take that step. Make that step for you and for your happiness.