When You Feel Like Quitting

Hey Friends,

It’s Friday, which means we all just had amazing weeks and are looking forward to the weekend. Except me, I work Saturday’s now so I’ll still be at work while you’re relaxing. Although when you go back to work on Monday I’ll be sleepin in so there’s a big upside lol.

I actually got a special request from a fellow blogging friend to write this post. Either that means I have sage wisdom to bestow on my readers or I’ve been tagged a quitter. I’m not sure, but either way I can relate to the topic so it wasn’t a hard post to write.

This type of quitting is mostly directed towards blogging, but you can take the lessons and apply them to other aspects of your life as well.

Actually the example I give has nothing to do with blogging so it’s really easy to apply to life in general. I guess I do have sage wisdom!

When You Feel Like Quitting

I’ve actually never been called a quitter in my life. When I start something I always finish it, outcome not guaranteed, but I finish.

Let me give you an example of a time when I legitimately was going to quit something though. It was the summer of 2012 and I was working a job from Hell. It was a summer camp so I lived with the campers, working 6 days/week with one day off.

That wasn’t the bad part though, I’ve worked summer camps before, specifically the summer before where I met JB (heart emoji). This summer though, the management was completely incompetent. As in they set rules they didn’t even follow themselves, rewarded staff that didn’t show up for their shifts because they were dating (yes, the management was dating the staff and gave them special treatment), and punished those who actually watched the kids and essentially ran the camp while they slept in till noon every day.

Oh but once I was given a $5 giftcard to a frozen yogurt shop in town so it kinda made up for it I guess…..kidding…..

If you’re wondering if I tried to alert the higher-ups of the problems, I did. They didn’t believe me and basically called me a liar….so that was awesome……

It got so bad one day about 3/4 of the way through the summer that I literally broke down and decided I was going to quit.

I was so upset I was pacing around the quad (the camp was on a college campus) and fuming to JB (he worked that summer with me again. That’s love people) and he said something to me that stuck…

Don’t make an emotional decision that can have long-term consequences

Or something like that, it’s been 3 years give me a break.

Basically he meant don’t make a decision in the heat of the moment that can have a long-lasting impact on my life.

I ended up staying the rest of the summer despite the horrible working conditions because to me, the kids were worth it and I needed the monetary compensation for school.

So what does this have to do with blogging?

Well unless your blog is your main source of income then not much in the monetary realm, but if it’s something that engages you, inspires you, gets the fire in your soul coursing then it does.

See, I have a passion for helping other people and working with kids. For me, the end game of that summer job far out-weighed any incompetence the management could throw my way. I knew I was making a difference in those kids lives and I thrived on the day-to-day operations. It was also only a summer job……So the end was in sight.

So ask yourself, does blogging fulfill those things for you?

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Does blogging wake you up inside, inspire you to try new things, live your life in a better way, and satisfy your need to write and engage with others?

Or has it become a mental drain on you? Do you dread having to sit down and write a post? It is emotionally taxing to even think about promotion, SEO, and social media?

Does the end-game out-weigh the things that bugging you?

If the answer is no, then maybe “quitting” isn’t such a bad thing. Maybe it’s actually GOOD for you?

Quitting that summer camp would have elicited a whole slew of what-if’s, doubts, and regrets for me.

Similarly, quitting my blog would do the same thing. And trust me I’ve thought about it, even taken breaks from it, but I always came back.

And maybe that’s what you need to do.

Taking a break from blogging isn’t quitting.

Taking a break from blogging is sometimes necessary to see if it’s a passion or a drain. If it’s actually worth it for your well-being or pulling you down.

So what can we learn from this?

Quitting something isn’t always a bad thing. Quitting something that is emotionally and mentally draining is actually a good thing.

So take that break, step back and evaluate what’s important to you.

Maybe you’ll come back, maybe you won’t, but the important thing is you. Your motivations, your inspirations, your well-being mentally and emotionally.

So now tell me, have you ever felt like quitting something?

Did you quit? Did you not? What made you stick it out?

Let me know in the comments!

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17 thoughts on “When You Feel Like Quitting

  1. I LOVED this! I’m pretty new to blogging and it can get overwhelming but I really did just start it as a hobby and to help others/myself so I try to remind myself I didn’t set out for anything big and that definitely helps.
    Linds @ Not A Mom

  2. This is wonderful. I think we all need a break sometimes, especially when you lose your inspiration! I believe you can tell when blogging is no longer fun for some bloggers… what’s the point? And I love what he told you! I need to apply that to many things in life.

  3. i love this. i had a similar “job from hell” experience and my parents told me basically the same thing JB told you. sometimes the hard stuff is meant to be hard for a reason. by working that horrible job, i learned what are red flags to look for and what i won’t tolerate from an employer. i still cringe when i think back to that working experience, but hey, i’m alive and well 🙂

  4. love this post girl. i have definitely quit things before, and i have stuck around other things (especially jobs, ugh) way past the point that i should of. i think blogging, work, friendships, books, whatever – if it’s not making you happy, it needs to go. end of story.

  5. Interesting thoughts. With respect to blogging, it is solely a hobby, I don’t do it for any income or work with brands. So in that repect it is simply a creative outlet and source of community. So if I need to be MIA for a while I don’t view it as quitting. I also think there is a difference between taking a break and quitting entirely. We all need to recharge our batteries for a while and prioritize around other things that are going on in our lives.

  6. I had to take a break from blogging because it was beginning to feel like a second job at some point. I’m so glad I did. It feels so good to be back now 🙂

  7. I usually leave things without too much hesitation if it’s making me unhappy and I can sustain it. But I agree with you 100% that you shouldn’t make choices based on an emotion. I recently put in my two weeks notice at work, so I’ve got some recent experience in quitting something. Sometimes you have to quit to try new things.

    • That’s a good habit to have, sticking with something that makes you miserable when you have the luxury of having other options and making other moves isn’t a widely held thing. And good luck with your life changes then!

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