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I Quit

Remember this?

Yeah, well I quit too. Exactly one month ago today. My exit wasn’t quite as entertaining, but nevertheless, I finally walked away from a job I despised.

I had been in this position for the last 6 years; miserable for the last five and a half. At the time I was hired, it had been my lifeboat after two years of unemployment. I was grateful. But very early on I could feel myself struggling to fit my round self into that sqare hole of a company.

It paid the bills, though barely. Over time, I convinced myself to give up my dreams of traveling while freelancing and writing best-sellers and settle for the security and stability of this job. I decided to be normal and do the best I could to be happy. So for the most part, I stopped dreaming, hoping, wishing, and writing. But my spirit wasn’t having it.

I had begun noticing a very soft and subtle, almost imperceptive shift happening a few months ago and I was becoming increasingly annoyed. Mediocrity masquerading as good work ethic was rewarded with raises and promotions. Upper management was more concerned about the type of sweater I wore (while sitting at my desk) than the time, effort and excellence I put into supporting the business by dutifully playing my role. And the owners were absolutely clueless that 99.99% of their staff was disgruntled and/or looking for other jobs. Favoritism, privilege and entitlement ruled.

Every morning I struggled to get out of bed. On the days I did manage to get up, I mused about my life’s purpose and how the hell I wound up so far off track. Almost every day I cried on the way to work. Some days I cried in the bathroom at work. And then on April 25, 2017 – my personal independence day – I decided I couldn’t take it anymore.

So I quit fear.
I quit settling.
I quit people who didn’t value me.
I quit pretending.
I quit hopelessness.
I quit giving away my power.
I quit letting myself down.
And then I walked out and quit that damn job.

“Don’t quit because something went wrong. Quit because you tried your hardest and nothing made it better.” ~Unknown

“It’s never worth staying at a job that makes you miserable and doesn’t help you become a better person.” ~Unknown

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The Strength of Our Voices

Losing My Mind, Finding My Voice was first a book back in 2006, one that I could never seem to finish writing. At the time, I was transitioning out of a situation and in the midst of that crisis, I stumbled upon my greatest blessing….my voice. That experience helped me discover a level of strength, resilience and determination I had never known. I fought hard for my beliefs and my right to be heard. When my back was up against the wall, I truly realized for the first time what it meant to have everything you need on the inside of you. It was like putting on glasses for the first time and realizing that everything before that moment had been a blurry mess.

I made it my mission to use my life and experiences as a springboard to write about the things I had become so passionate about: faith, empowerment, mental health, and using my voice to create possibilities and change.

After 4 years of working on and being unable to complete LMMFMV the book to my satisfaction, I finally scrapped it and used the concept to create the first LMMFMV blog in 2010. I became transparent in my quest to inspire other women to find their own voices.

Your voice is the essence of your being. At your core, lay the spiritual abundance of God. Out of that abundance flows your distinctive nature – your talents, gifts, calling, anointing – the epitome of you. It is your responsibility to use your voice in ways that honor God and your inherent abundance.

My wish for this blog is to be a community of voices where we can encourage and empower each other. Some days we may have to borrow a bit of someone else’s faith. Other days we will be able to give out of the abundance of our hearts. Either way, let’s take hold of all of the inevitable challenges, issues and struggles we face, band together and create something beautiful.