So yeah, I quit

I imagine a few of my co-workers are watching this site to see if I’ll say anything about quitting yesterday. I probably should, though nothing anyone can file suit over. That part is easy–there’s no grand conspiracy, I’m not mad at anyone, and I miss you all. You are great. The job was great, too. Programming, teaching, managing and organizing things is a drool-worthy job description for me. I had a lot of fun.

So what happened?

Well, if you read this blog, then you know I have a pretty crappy mental illness. This job was the first I’d managed to stay at for any length of time. Ten years is a miraculous run for me. It’s very, very difficult for me to face an office full of people five days a week, week after week. I was out a lot–I had to be. We were trying to make accommodations for my illness, but they just didn’t work in the end. I was getting sicker and sicker.

And yes, I appreciate the irony of losing my health insurance for the sake of my health. 😉

I weighed my options, and decided it was time to find another way to pay the mortgage. Something on my own terms. What is it? I have a bunch of ideas, and we’ll see where I go. I have a few months to figure things out.

Finally, I’m okay. I’ve had a few concerned emails, and I just want to say I’m good. It’s really weird–I’ve never done this before. It’s a little frightening. It’s a lot exciting. I feel like I’m 25 again, and my life has blown open in front of me. I have my anchor, Bill, and together I know we’ll be okay.

I love you and miss you all. You have my email address. You better write.

11 Responses to So yeah, I quit

  1. Tracy says:

    I’m glad you posted.

  2. Marj says:

    I want you to know that whatever you choose to do, you have the love and support of many, many people. You have a great husband and I hope you remember you have a lot of friends who are thinking of you. Please keep in touch and remember, we can eat cheap Chinese on the deck anytime.

  3. Elisa Andrews says:

    Kitty, Kitty!
    I’m so sorry. I’m right here if you need a friend to talk to. I hope you know you can count on my friendship. I’ve always thought so much of you and will continue to.

    I’m thankful that you have Bill and I know you will find a job that’s even better for you!

    I will miss you.
    Elisa

  4. Chris says:

    Thank you, Cat, for letting us know. I miss you muchly already. I still have the vase you made me proudly exhibited on my file cabinet. Please know that you are still thought of very, very highly . . . and often! And I plan to keep pestering you for things! Let me know if I can do anything to help you through any of these bouts you have. I can totally relate! How blessed you are to have Bill in your life! Miss you.

    Chris
    aka, the Macro Queen
    aka, the Comma Queen
    aka, the Pun co-Queen (with you, of course!)

  5. Debbie says:

    Cat, It has been great working with you. You know your stuff that’s for sure. I miss you, but I hope you find success in whatever you choose to do. It’s so nice you have someone to lean on, but if you ever need an ear you can call on me!

    Debbie

  6. Theresa says:

    Hi Cat, I just realized you had the website. Like I said on the phone, you are irreplaceable and are greatly missed! I will get to you Amelie sometime I promiss. Take care of yourself. Theresa F.

  7. Carrie Boys says:

    Cat –

    You are loved and will be missed by many. I really enjoyed getting to know you. You made me smile/laugh many times at work when I needed it. You are a kind, funny, adventurous, unique, peaceful, special, (blah blah blah.. I could go on forever saying nice things about you) person.

    It takes courage to step outside of the box and start over. I am glad that you are looking at your longterm needs. We only have one shot at life – so go for it.

    I too share some of your feelings about starting over. It is scary and exciting at the same time. I think of it as a good chapter in our book of life has ended and a new one is being written. I am sure you will land on your feet and accomplish much. Thanks for sharing and just being you. Carrie 🙂

  8. Dan says:

    Oh where, oh where has our spooky Cat gone?
    Oh where, oh where can she be?
    With her links so scary and her art so ‘wrong’,
    Oh where, oh where can she be?

    Hope life’s treating you better Cat!

  9. chris says:

    No need to post this one, because I know you don’t want everyone to know, but . . . . HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY! See! I even waited a whole day to tell you! So many times yesterday I started to send you greetings, but I knew you didn’t celebrate. Well, at least you know I was thinking about ya!

  10. vj says:

    Cat, good for you. I hope you find that being away from the office is good for your health, and that your ideas for self-support are excellent ones. I’d love to chat with you about this stuff, as I think we have some things in common. Take care!

  11. russ says:

    Hey Cat! Well… don’t I feel like the fool. Was just talking to Jessi and she told me about your blog, your posting, etc… Didn’t know. Just wanted to send you my thoughts and prayers. Not best buddies in the office while you were here, but everytime time I walked out of one of your trainings it reminded me of how awsome you are. I really appreciated you and should have told you often. I’m sorry I didn’t. I learned a good lesson here. Best wishes to you!