It’s been a very long year for me trying to find happiness after a big move and a new job. I moved to my home in Bozeman, MT in February of 2016 and it was rough. I left a life that I felt comfortable in and a job that I was really good at in Great Falls, MT to live in a place that I always wanted to, but it never felt right.
In television news employees are put under contract, which is always a strange and stressful situation. However, when most reporters sign their life away they are usually excited to be moving on in their career. For me that didn’t happen.
From the moment I put my pen to the paper I had immense anxiety. This anxiety was coupled with depression and it never seemed to get better. This put a strain on my relationships and my health.
As I became more comfortable in Bozeman, nothing at my job seemed to be getting better. I even thought about moving back to Great Falls, which put even more stress on my relationship.
Finally, after 15 months of struggling I decided it was time for me to walk away from my employer and it was like a giant weight had been lifted off my shoulders.
At first it was really scary and I was feeling overwhelmed, but for about 3 months before I actually resigned I had been exploring new career paths. I landed a job the day after I resigned. I am so excited about this new position and it helped me realized that I have a skill set that goes beyond just sharing news stories. That was empowering!
I learned a valuable lesson over this time that cutting out the toxic in your life can really bring out your best self. People who have known me over the last few months are even approaching me saying how happy and healthy I look!
Making money and having a career is important, but I learned that it can’t be the only thing in your life. Finding a balance and doing something that you are passionate about is important.
I am so excited about my new adventures and after just 2 weeks of leaving a job that was making me so unhappy, I feel like a new person!
A few people have approached me that are in a similar situation as the one I was in and my advice to anyone feeling like this is to really evaluate. What are your passions? Could you do that job somewhere else? Would you feel relief if you walked away?
My answers to all those questions were yes and that is how I new I was ready.
Talking helps and if anyone wants to hear more about my changes feel free to just ask!
Building people up is important and that’s what I want to do!