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I Quit.

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.

Comments

  1. Great news, I’m happy for you. Getting out of a toxic environment is tough but you have to do what’s right for you. You are on the right path in saving up before and figuring out your bills. You have a plan, now…GO FOR IT! 😁🌴

    • Thank you so much for your support! I’m excited about this journey and I absolutely plan on going for it 100%!

  2. Congratulations on moving on from a place you weren’t thriving in. Customers are the worst at times, definitely why I quit working in retail, and it always seems to be at Christmas of all times! I’m sorry you had to deal with people like that, and I am so excited for you and your next chapter of life.

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

    • I know! You’d think that at least on Christmas is when people decide to be a little bit more caring at the very least. Thank you so much for your support. I’m excited to see where this journey takes me ♥

  3. This is amazing! It’s obviously something you really needed to do but you’ve planned for it so well!

    Good luck with your blog and future plans, I have no doubt you’ll smash it x

  4. Wow this is great! Every time I read a story about someone quitting a job they didn’t love so much fills me with happiness. We all deserve to be happy and you weren’t. I really hope your blog takes off and you are happy. Good luck for the future, something tells me you are going to be just fine x

    • I was always jealous every time I saw that someone was able to quit their job and leave a toxic environment. It felt like I’d never get to that point, but now I’m one of them and I’m so happy! Thank you so much for the positivity and support ♥

  5. Silver linings, right? If you’re reading this, I [finally] figured out how to comment on your blog. I was wondering if your podcast is on iTunes? What is your podcast called? I want to check it out 🙂 Also, congrats on switching directions and following your life path. Staying true to yourself is the best path to take 😇

    • Yay! I’m glad you were able to get it figured out and definitely silver linings! I agree wholeheartedly about staying true to yourself. It’s so important to do. My podcast isn’t on iTunes yet, but I’ll be working on getting it on all platforms soon. My podcast is available on Spotify and Anchor.fm, just look up “The Black Princess Diaries”. I also have it where you can listen on my blog, just scroll to the bottom. Thanks for reading and for the support ♥

  6. A toxic environment can definitely affect your mental health. I’m so glad you quit and got away. That type of environment did not deserve your beautiful soul. Plus we don’t need that type of energy in our lives anyway sis!
    And I think your plans for your blog is amazing. I definitely want to collab with you!

    I love your content and it is always inspiring.

    with endless love,
    Dasia
    http://www.dasiapollard.com

    • No ma’am we for sure don’t need that type of energy! And aw thank you for saying I have a beautiful soul. You have a beautiful soul as well. I would love to do some collabs! Just let me know when ♥

  7. This is great, well done for being able to quit! I worked at a cinema a few years back and it was shockingly bad, so I know exactly what you mean… I only last a few months!

    • People always assume it’s going to be so much fun, but it’s not. I think they’re looking at the perspective of the moviegoer and not the worker. I don’t blame you for lasting only a few months. There have been new people who left after like a month and some after the first few days. I’m surprised I didn’t quit after 6 months and made it this long. Thank you for the support ♥

  8. Well done for standing up for yourself and making the leap! I was working in a restaurant which was really poorly paid and I recently quit too. I have loved working on my blog full time – you will feel so much happier and more free. I can’t wait to see where it takes you!

    Em | http://www.loveemblog.com

    • That’s awesome! I love it when I see people quit their toxic jobs and it feels so good to be one of them. I’m already feeling free just from these few days and so inspired, so I’m excited about the future. Thank you for supporting me ♥

  9. Oh my goodness, congratulations! That was a BIG step and I’m so glad you took it! It takes bravery and guts and I love that you are nothing but positivity and motivation! With that, I know you’re going to go far and be happy in your new career. Keep us updated on everything! I can’t wait to see how far you’ll go! <3

    And I have to agree with you on working at a movie theater! I'm surprised you did it for so long! That was so brave of you. Both of my sisters worked at a movie theater and one made it to assistant manager, but my other sister had such a bad time that she still refuses to eat that chain's popcorn! I'm sorry the job caused you such anxiety and toxicity. Good riddance! You only have up to go from here now! 🙂

    Emily | https://www.thatweirdgirllife.com

    • Thank you so much! I certainly will keep you guys updated for sure. Maybe after my 6months are up I’ll give you guys an update on where I am! I’m surprised I did it for that long myself. I around 3 months, I was done and I just knew I was going to leave after 6 months just so I can have at least 6months of work experience but I just couldn’t do it and I’m kind of glad I didn’t because then I wouldn’t be where I am now with the amount of money I was able to save due to being furloughed and everything. I don’t blame your sister! I’m just going to miss the free slushies honestly even more than the free movies tbh though lol. Thank you so much for supporting me and I’m excited to not only be on this journey but have you guys on it with me! ♥

  10. Congratulations girl for choosing positivity over the unfavourable environment. I’m glad you achieved what you actually wished to. Stay motivated and inspire everyone with your positivity.

    • Thank you so much. I really appreciate your support and I plan on doing the best I can to continue to be an inspiration for others ♥

    • Thank you so much! It definitely feels good to be away from all of that and to also know I’m not putting myself at risk of Covid for a job that did nothing but messed with my mental health.

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