Yesterday was a BIG day for me—a milestone. I resigned from my job of three years as a professional communicator. It can be hard making these types of “life” decisions, but the idea to leave has been brewing for a while. I just needed to act on my desires and needs—leave my insecurities and doubts behind. Throw them to the wayside.
You may be wondering, “What’s next for me?” “What’s next for Thumbholes?” I’m excited to share that I will be a Site Director for the USTA Pacific Northwest this summer and will partner with coaches to put on tennis programs for kids. This is a great opportunity and touches on many of my interests: tennis (of course), working with kids to encourage physical activity and a passion for sport, and engaging with the community to promote recreational programs.
While taking a temporary job may be considered risky, the benefits far outweigh the risks. The decision to leave my job is setting me off in a positive direction of getting unstuck. I’ve been stuck for a while—stuck in a job that wasn’t fulfilling my needs or leading me down a path to much personal success. I’m thankful for the experience and the friendships I’ve made, but I also know that time has come to make a change—to do something BIG.
There’s a wonderful book by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom called What Do You Do With An Idea? As the name suggests, the book celebrates the magic of an idea and having the courage to think BIG. To take an idea and bring it to life.
My blog has been tremendously helpful in thinking BIG and unleashing creativity that I never knew existed, and I’m grateful for the positive feedback and encouragement I’ve received since starting it last July. And I have BIG ideas for continuing to create community goodness in our race cities through the Small Change Initiative.
The connection between quitting a secure job and idea generation may not seem obvious to some, but I believe that the path to knowing what to do next isn’t always a straight line—and I’m taking an alternative route. Clarity may come during a trail run or on the tennis court, or somewhere in between.
Since putting in my two weeks notice yesterday, my shoulders have retreated, my breathing is balanced, and there’s even a bounce in my walk. While my post-summer plans may be a little murky, I’m excited about what the future may hold for me and I can say with 100% certainty that I’ll be in a better place to think BIG.
How have you thought BIG?