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  • Writer's pictureBrittany Major

When your job no longer aligns with you

Updated: Oct 9, 2023

Here's a thought that I used to have a lot: I don't enjoy this job anymore, but it doesn't matter where I go...I'm never going to enjoy my job.


Yikes.


I would deeply dread going to work each morning, but each day I would talk myself out of leaving that job. Almost like I couldn't believe that it could be better. And I would give myself a list of reasons why I shouldn't leave.


Just in case you're in the same position I was a couple years ago....


Have you thought about the list of reasons as to why it could be okay to leave your job? Why it might be just what you need? Especially if you feel your job no longer aligns with the life you're living?


This is not about believing the grass will be greener on the other side after 5 minutes of not enjoying things.


This is much deeper.


It's about the person that might have went to school for years and thought they would stick to the same career for their whole life. Now they can't imagine switching after already putting so much time in. It's for the person that has tried to do everything they can day in and day out to enjoy getting up in the morning and heading to their job. But they just don't have it in them anymore and they don't think they ever will. It's for the person that has lost hope and doesn't know what to do, nor do they even want to put anymore effort into thinking about what to do.


That was me.


My brain was so quick to tell me all the things that could go wrong. And the enemy was really good at convincing myself to stay in that state of hopelessness, feeling miserable, and resentful. We can't be impactful when we're in that state, right? He loves that.


But I didn't let him win. I thought it was time to offer my brain some thoughts of why it might be time to leave and I'm so glad I did.


If you find yourself in the same situation, here are some thoughts that helped me through that season.


+ What if that job has served its purpose in your life and now you're being called to something new? Frustrations can often be an invitation to something different. What if God has new lessons to teach you and something waiting for you elsewhere, but you're pushing them aside? It's okay to thank your job for all it has done for you and move on to what God has in store for you next. I'd argue that you're pretty brave for being willing to follow that invitation. You may find a lot of blessings on your way to what's next.


+ You might worry that others will be 'right' when you try something new and you find that you're pretty miserable at this new job too. You don't want to feel silly now that you went and did the thing, and ended up in the exact same position. I had that same thought. But something pretty cool kept happening. Many people kept telling me how proud they were of me. How they thought it was really awesome that I was willing to try something new instead of complaining about my current situation and staying where I wasn't happy. And I realized that those thoughts I had were really just my own selfish desires to preserve my identity. Your loved ones don't want to see you fail. They will cheer you on even when you keep falling flat on your face. I would even argue that others will be inspired by your willingness to put yourself out there when things seem scary and different.


+ You keep waiting it out and thinking it will get better. Listen, I'm not a stranger to pushing through when things get tough. Sometimes those are just seasons and maybe God is teaching you a different lesson and it's not your time to leave. You know what your situation is. Listen to what you're being nudged to do. Ask God for guidance. I love to remember that God gave us free will and we get to make our own decisions. You know how I said your loved ones will be there for you when you fall? So will God. He gave you that free will on purpose. Use it and trust that you're doing what you feel is best and thank God for being there for you even when the decisions are scary and feel uncertain. I like to think about life as a roadmap. We have a destination in mind, but we have different roads that can lead us to our destination. God lets us choose which path we are going to take, but he's never going to leave your side. You can take the straight road, the bumpy road, the multiple stops road, etc., and no matter which route you take, you can't mess it up. What if there is no right or wrong decision and instead there's just different lessons to be learned? I was so focused on if I'm making the right decision, that I lost sight of remembering that God will be there regardless of the decision I make. You can take the risk. Life is full of risks no matter which decision you make, but God will always be there to catch you.


Much love,

Brittany ♡


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