Normally, one would not post something as private and intimate as a resignation letter, but this was a pivotal moment that lead me to where I am now. Sharing this journey is and will always be about transparency and truth.
Below is the actual resignation letter I sent in one week ago. To respect the privacy of my previous employers I have removed their names from the letter.
As you know I have embarked on my first solo international trip to Bali. I can’t even begin to describe how at peace I feel since being here. In just one week I have experienced an immense amount of change and personal growth that I must explore further. I can’t help but feel I am exactly where I am supposed to be.
This is going to come as a shock-I know I am doing things backwards, but I have decided to follow my heart and continue my journey abroad. It is at this time I am resigning from my role.
In the months leading up to this trip found myself searching for something “more”. My life in the Bay Area had become mundane. I was working to pay my rent that was essentially 3/4 of my total paycheck, my life was feeling unfulfilled. I was in a dark place wondering what my life is really supposed to be. While I absolutely love the cosmetic industry, I found myself not enjoying it the way I used to. It was starting to feel like my identity was becoming what I looked like. It became about which lash number I was wearing or which lip color I had on that day. This how people would see me. I recognize now that this is not how I want to be identified- I have so much to offer the world. An opportunity has presented itself and it just feels right, I know this is my path.
I have decided to take some time off and follow my heart and travel the world. I will be here in Bali for 2 more weeks and then making my way to Thailand for a few months and finding work there. With ample time to myself traveling, I will be writing (blogging), reading and volunteering. I look forward to spending time learning and growing as an individual so that I can come back and be a stronger, better leader. I can only hope that our professional paths cross again in the future.
It has been a wonderful two years in my role with this company. Thank you for hiring me, believing in me, and teaching me so much about what it means to lead, motivate and inspire others. You have been a mentor to me along the way and this company is lucky to have you! You have cultivated such strong, dedicated teams who love and respect you at the same time- a very difficult balance to master.
To _____ and ____, I wish we were able to spend more time together as every moment I had with you both was so inspiring. I have learned so much about expanding my comfort zone and stepping into my learning zone, and this is exactly what I am experiencing in this moment. You both have influenced me to be the best I can be, and I thank you for all you have taught me.
I know the Bay Area team will continue to thrive and succeed thanks to the amazing leaders that make it up. A year and a half ago I hired ____ who has now taken the region (and company for that matter) by storm! She has been doing such a great job running the show with her accelerated business acumen and leadership skills. She is one of the most influential people in my life and I know she will continue to be the best partner for ____ in continuing the success of the Northwest.
Thank you, again, for everything.