Quitting a Job I liked to Create a Life I Love - Part 1: The Approach

My name is Abriana and I am a modern-day renaissance lady… a multi-passionate and multi-talented millennial. In August 2020, I quit my job to live and lead a more fulfilling life.

Let me give you a little background… Working in a corporate animal hospital comes with its own set of rewards and challenges. During my career, I started as a veterinary assistant, worked my way up into anesthesia monitoring and dental prophylaxis then worked my way into a management position when the level of medicine we practiced was no longer interesting. That was my first baby leap.

I wanted to learn more about the business side of veterinary practice. Thankfully, my hospital manager was open to sharing the ins and outs of running a corporate animal hospital while giving me the creative freedom and resources to build a flourishing pet resort. In 3 years, I was able to take the pet resort from 16% to almost 23% of the gross revenue for a multi-million dollar hospital. This was huge for me.

In 3 years, I also gained perspective. One of the veterinarians in the practice once said, “when you start to not care, it’s time for you to go” in reference to older practitioners in the profession. The quote still resonates with me more than 4 years later. 

It wasn’t that I didn’t care about the pets I served or the clients I interacted with. My outside hobbies and passion projects required more of my time and attention than ever before. My life outside of work was much more intellectually and creatively satisfying and I began to resent my job from taking me away from it. 

Abriana pouring champagne into a wine glass

Recognizing the root of the resentment was a struggle. My mama didn’t raise a quitter! How could I possibly quit something I was good at, and completely rely on myself in a completely different profession doing things I was good at, but never had the opportunity to pursue? How do I leave coworkers I think the world of during one of the most stressful times our hospital has faced?

My former boss said something that sealed the deal for me, “I’m not going to keep someone around that is not a good fit just because it puts us in a bind.” Although I know she was talking about shitty new hires, those words were a beacon in the storm.

“This position is no longer a good fit.”

“You have outgrown your ability to thrive in this space.”

“Will you be in this place next year mad at yourself for not taking the leap?”

So many thoughts ran through my head. A complete mindset shift took place to get me where I am today. 

The journey continues in part 2…