How time flies, I didn’t notice that I spent four years working full time as a Senior Creative Designer at an established digital agency here in Singapore. I was very thankful for the opportunity given to me but every beginning has an end.
I handed in my notice.
It was April when I told to my company that I have a plan of going to England in July with my husband. And, I requested a favor, hopefully they can grant me a one-month unpaid leave.
EJ, my husband will be on a business trip for three weeks. I knew asking favor is not easy, and I can only offer to work from home during that period as well (if needed).
I waited for few weeks before I received their response. It looks it was a tough decision for them to grant my favor and unfortunately, the management didn’t approve that request. They have told me if I can push it to a later date, sometime in October, etc. I understand them but I can’t take down the opportunity to travel now with my husband. So I left with no other option than to resign. I resigned without having a new job, confident that I would find something better after our trip.
It was 100% the right decision for me.
Nobody pushed me, I felt my team leader wanted me to stay. The situation was uneasy. It was now or never.
To keep your day job or travel.
I spent four years working, it was great opportunity but it became a same routine of work for me every day. I knew I’m not cracking my full capabilities, it was a maintenance work, feeling trapped in my comfort zone. I don’t want to leave but I have been stagnated for the past years at my job. But, I can’t stay silent any longer.
That made me unhappy.
Before I came up with a firm decision. We had two meetings, it was long talks with my boss. I weighed everything. Finally, I have decided, I will leave.
I am grateful that I have built an emergency fund for this job loss, I have siblings able to help our family back home, and especially a supporting husband who does well. I told to my family and friends that I resigned already and it wasn’t all bad. There are just those times when you know that you have to listen to your gut.
I’m happy to quit my job to pursue a happier life and start anew.
So . . . I’m writing it down.
I’m now 28, blessed to spent six years working in sunny Singapore. A happy life for me is doing what you love, doing what fulfills you. Appreciating all the things, big or small, no matter what. To be surrounded with people who can appreciate. Letting go of expectations, comparisons, attachment, and negativity. Keeping the right perspective to have faith, trust, and hope for the better. Spending more time with my husband and with my bonded family and friends.
Ready to take the leap?
My plan for the next phase of my life is to slow down and savor every moment. To go back in coding, building and designing again. Preparing a room for personal and career growth advancement. We’re in our late 20’s and the love to travel to experience more and to pursue the career that we love in a company that has good growth is a never ending wants.
We don’t want to stress ourselves over things we cannot control.
For me, now is the time to enjoy being a married couple. That I shouldn’t worry over a request that was not granted, a bad medical report or in a delay, we can always trust God’s timing. And at that every moment, we have a choice. A choice to be happy and be thankful. 🙂
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.