In October, I left my job of 4 years.
From Barista to Cafe Manager, I loved it there. So a lot of people questioned why I left.
I was 19 when urban COFFEE lounge hired me. I was newly married, had just moved back to Kirkland, and was attending the University of Washington full time in Seattle.
Over the next few years, I commuted across the water to class, and maintained a 40+ hour work schedule, all the while trying to settle into a very different way of life.
When I graduated in June of 2016, I had no intentions of leaving UCL. I didn’t want to be one of those graduates who graduated and jumped off a cliff into the “real world.”
I already had a “grown up job,” as I was running the Cafe at this point. I was happy, I was comfortable–but most of all, I needed some time.
Time to find myself. // Do I have any hobbies? What would I do in my spare time? What is spare time?
Time to commit to my marriage. // As 2 full time students, what did we really know of true married life at this point? Could things be better?
Time to “get healthy.” // By the time I graduated, my depression was out of control. I needed to get a grip on my mental health before it consumed me.
Time to be 20-something. // I’d been working as many hours as I could manage since I was 15. I’d never “been my age.” What do 20-somethings even do?
A few months into 2017, my husband finally graduated and was able to start supporting us more financially. For the first time our life together, I could take a step back.
In August, I gave 2 months notice, and began the long process of transitioning out of a place I’d been a part of since opening day. In October, I was through.
It was a bittersweet goodbye.