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03 March 2009 @ 07:03 am
I QUIT! FINI. ze End...  
That's it.  EIGHT years.  This past 2 months has been horrible. more horrible than a job should be.  
I swear i was getting chest pains.  I constantly had migraines.  I've not been able to check email from work since January, or surf where i wanted (which to some might not mean much I know - but 8 yrs of surfing in the tech support part of my job - meant i felt connected.  I'm so far behind on posts I don't know where to start).

I gave notice.  Doomsday - when i become officially unemployed = March 20th.

The WIRED Magazine Article has really made a difference and encouraged me to take one of the bigger risks in my life: Quitting a job I detest to venture into the relative unknown.  (and if anyone should Stumble upon it or DIGG it.. i'll give ya a hug! One of the people i know even commented on the post! Thanks M! you rule!!)

I'll be doing some work for my brother online and I'll be making my steampunk jewelry.  I'll find a gallery that will carry my soon to be worked on steampunk sculptures and art. 

Yes the economy sucks. Maybe this will be the Grand Mistake.  Maybe not.

I used to love my old job.  We once said: "UUNET - the best people want to work here".  We'd go out and hang out and have fun.  So many people have left and now I'm going too, and holy F is that kind of scary.  I wish you could have seen what it was.  Now its simply a big corp that eats people and doesn't care.  That's okay.  I'd rather the stress of not making my rent and eating ramen noodles.  I can pick up a 2ndary job or get a vendors permit or sell stuff on street corners.  All of which I've done before.  At  least I've got theBigBad to help out.  And I've got LJ friends.   I'm sorry I've been neglecting you all - but in 3 weeks (14 business days) I'm outta there.  And I'll be around a lot more.

Thanks peeps.
be spending time with you all soon.

Heather: aaaaaahkadenza on March 3rd, 2009 01:06 pm (UTC)
Wow, scary! But it's so not worth it to stay at a place that makes you miserable... life is too short! You should drop by and have some tea once you're gainfully unemployed.
Axelthe_axel on March 3rd, 2009 01:17 pm (UTC)
Holy crap!

Good luck with that. It sounds like you need to get the hell out.

be spending time with you all soon.

Deejmonkeyman on March 3rd, 2009 01:20 pm (UTC)
Woo hoo! I might even see you once in a while outside of the group! (Which reminds me, we never did do a movie night last week ...)
All the letters I can writewendelah1 on March 3rd, 2009 01:31 pm (UTC)
It's not much, but I did make this post, in which you are featured prominently. I have already seen you mentioned in another friends-list post, too.

You are a brave and talented woman. Send me more cards, too, when you get a chance. I wear your work to my work everyday.

edited for html fail.

Edited at 2009-03-03 01:31 pm (UTC)
wldhrsjen3wldhrsjen3 on March 3rd, 2009 01:46 pm (UTC)
I am so proud of you!!! Life is too damn short to be miserable. And yes, it *is* scary taking the leap off the cliff of the unknown, but you are going to land somewhere great. I know it. :) Good luck - I will be sending you good thoughts and hoping things work out for your best happiness. :)
Jack Shadowsjiffyclub on March 3rd, 2009 01:53 pm (UTC)
More power to you, Zero! Best of luck!
way beyond the palefairy on March 3rd, 2009 01:55 pm (UTC)
Back in 1998 I worked for a lawyer who was a freaking nutcase, making 8 bucks an hour. She referred to me as the "hired help" to her friends when they called and if they talked to me on the phone ("don't talk to the hired help"), made me create an excel spreadsheet of all the exterminators in the area because her kitchen had ants, and threw a bagel past my head on the wall because she was mad at me.

I was MISERABLE and the most liberating day of my life was the day I gave my notice. I didn't have another job lined up but my sanity was worth more than my financial security.

That's my long winded way of saying I'm very proud of you and can totally relate to what you are going through. People are going to tell you you're crazy to quit without having another job (they told me that) but it somehow all worked out and the most important thing was I kept my sanity. And if you are not happy at the place you spend most of your day, your whole life suffers.

I don't think of this as the "grand mistake" girl. I think of this as your liberation. I'm proud of you for taking this step.
Livia Llewellyn: Kermit goes fucknutslivia_llewellyn on March 3rd, 2009 02:05 pm (UTC)
Got to get a raincheck on pain [fame fame fame]: graveyardgirlnorda on March 3rd, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
I went freelance in 2003, and haven't looked back since.

Okay, maybe I peeked over my shoulder and gave a few wistful sighs, but I'm happier being self-employed, and working harder than I've ever worked before.

It can be right scary, but I've got your back.
The Texas Triffid Ranch - Odd Plants and Odditiestxtriffidranch on March 3rd, 2009 04:23 pm (UTC)
Congratulations. I did the same thing with my old job two-and-a-half years ago, and I haven't looked back. (My old boss became Vice President about three days after I left, and she's been doing a spectacular job at destroying employee morale and driving off anyone who remembers what it was like when the job was fun.) Yes, it'll probably be tough, but I also think you're going to kick ass and take names.
ellen datlowellen_datlow on March 3rd, 2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
Good luck--you'll be fine!
minouetteminouette on March 3rd, 2009 05:54 pm (UTC)
Good luck to you!
~Q~: braidwriteonq on March 3rd, 2009 06:50 pm (UTC)
Kudos for taking the big leap ~ I suspect you will soar righteously!
jaxiemafoozlejaxiemafoozle on March 3rd, 2009 10:33 pm (UTC)
I know you're exchanging one weight on your shoulder for another but I'd have to agree with you - you'll be better off!! *hugs* Kudos on braving the unknown!
Deborah Biancottideborahb on March 4th, 2009 12:03 am (UTC)
I quit, too!

Loving it.

Will need to address the money thing at some point...
kythiaranos: Jonkythiaranos on March 4th, 2009 12:20 am (UTC)
Good luck to you! I hope this change brings lots of positive things to you.
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destinyksofsbdestinyksofsb on March 4th, 2009 02:45 am (UTC)
i wish you all the best!!
Erin Clarkerackle on March 4th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
Yay! Congratulations! It is absolutely the Right Thing To Do and you will be happier for it. Your friends all back you up and, when needed, I'm sure you'll find support in places / from people you can't imagine now.

I am so excited for you - it will be a creative adventure!
T.L. Beckelthionesse on March 4th, 2009 03:46 am (UTC)
Wow...I think the right response might be...congrats! And good luck.
mmarquesmmarques on March 4th, 2009 01:26 pm (UTC)
That sounds both scary and exciting! Best of luck!

Will you be selling your jewelry at Ad Astra this year?
kairi_kisskairi_kiss on March 4th, 2009 11:55 pm (UTC)
Are you coming to ad astra, you should put your jewelry in the art show...

also we are doing a steampunk fashion show on the saturday, come to it and bring some business cards, we can put some of your pieces on some of the models if they are willing

hugs to you, and bravo for being brave!
minouetteminouette on March 18th, 2009 07:32 pm (UTC)
psst.... Apartment Therapy is now asking "Can etsy save the economy?" and directing people to the Wired Magazine article:

That might get you some traffic too. :)
Lloyd Penneylloydpenney on June 4th, 2009 12:14 am (UTC)
Hi! I've got to keep you up to date on steampunk events in Toronto. The Anime North convention had a steampunk fashion show, and of course, I was wearing those wonderful cufflinks you made for me. As soon as we find the cable for Yvonne's camera, I'll send you a picture of me wearing those cufflinks.
Axelthe_axel on February 17th, 2010 05:15 am (UTC)
Happy birthday!
I haven't seen or heard from you in forever! How are you & Big Bad?
We need to do brunch sometime. How about Sunday the 28th, 1pm at the Lakeview Lunch?