Yep. I did it. I quit my “day job.”
Now, let me give you a little bit of back story. I started working for the University of Kentucky in the Surgical Integrated Billing Unit back in 2014. Clay had just graduated from medical school. We knew we were moving to Kentucky for his residency and I needed a job. And quick. So I applied for anything and everything I was remotely qualified for in Lexington, KY. Thankfully, I was able to complete the interview process over Skype (since we were still living in Tennessee at the time). I quickly accepted a position as a Coder Assistant, jumping right in 2 days after we moved. I was so grateful to have a job with great benefits that I could get started at immediately. So for the next 5 years, I went from assistant to associate, coding for the Pediatric Surgery service. I was able to work from home. And for the most part, it has been a great job.
But it’s always been a job. I didn’t ever LOVE what I did. I haven’t been able to devote as much time to my photography and FWTFL coaching as I would like; those things for which I have a passion. Those businesses that I would love to hustle at, to build into something that I can be proud of, bring a real contribution to the family Clay and I have built. And so Clay and I talked. And planned. And planned. And planned a little more. And we finally decided that, as we make the HUGE change in moving from Florida to Georgia, now would be the perfect time for me to take a step back from that “day job” and begin to focus on me. When I told Clay what I had been thinking about, he said, “Let’s do it!” Thankfully, I have a husband that fully believes in me and supports my passions and endeavors unwaveringly.
Last week, I put in my notice and my last day with UK will be July 19th. Having a job since I was 16, I had high anxiety about leaving a stable position with predictable income that I KNEW we could count on. But changes that were made within our department last week kind of had a way of solidifying the fact that I was making the right decision. So, Clay and I are taking that as a go-ahead, stepping out in faith. It’s amazing the way the Lord knows just the way to quiet our hearts in times of turmoil and doubt.
I cannot say how appreciative I am of my supervisors and the support they have given me over the years, but I am so so incredibly excited about the new opportunities I’ll be able to pursue in Georgia. I’m also so thankful for those ladies that have chosen to trust me through the FWTFL process so that I have been able to build my coaching business. And the those that have invited me into their lives to take photos of your memories: thank you! And if you’re reading this, and have any referrals for either, send them my way! I know big things are coming for Clay and me and I can’t wait to tackle each new adventure.
So, that’s it! That’s the big announcement. I quit!