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I Quit My Job & 5 Things I Never Thought I’d Do

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The income from blogging and Beachbody coaching has allowed me to do so much more than I ever thought I would.

After talking to Jake, my family, and praying a lot, I decided to leave my full-time teaching job yesterday.

I just resigned about 18 hours ago so the “Oh-WOW! Did I just do that?” feeling is still fresh.I talked to human resources about keeping my insurance as long as possible before going into the school today to clean out my classroom.
Getting my Classroom Set Up

 

Talking to them made my decision feel official before ever stepping into the school. My room was so clean and glistening after being freshly waxed, and it’s amazing how well the school smells without 1200 teenagers floating through it. Even with that, I knew I was making the right choice.
 
Just by coincidence, my department head was there. She was so sweet. I kept thinking everyone would be angry, but she, along with the others I have told, have been very understanding.
 
I guess I did not know what to expect because I never thought I would be doing something outside of my degree and not in the classroom just 10 months after starting. I don’t think I am exception to the rule either. I did not take the time to consider what I was truly capable of and loved doing until I was in a “cookie-cutter job.” I think a lot of people fall into that. Colleges are pushing you to find a job right out of school, and then the bills kick in if they hadn’t already. Then you’re stuck, but it’s never too late to ask “What do you want?”
 
Quitting my teaching career was never something I thought I’d do, but there were a 5 more surprising things that led up to my decision.
Job as a Coach and Blogger
 
1. Went to the Magic Kingdom (for free too!)
My grandparents took me when I was five, and it was so much fun. I never thought I’d get to go back until earning this trip. I seriously rode Space Mountain 3 times! I also got to have my picture made with Mickey, Minnie, and the whole gang.
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We stayed on the Disney Resort so everything was a lot nicer than anywhere I would have stayed. The final really cool thing on the trip was getting to watch 3D Fireworks at Epcot as it was closing.
 
2. Meet Chalene Johnson and Jenelle Summers from TurboFire and ChaLEAN Extreme
chalene johnson at summit
I know if you workout in a gym or have never heard of those workouts it means nothing to you. They are both my girl crushes though.
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Jenelle is the one I watch on the video to lift just as heavy and jump just as high. Plus, she is so sweet and helpful anytime I talked to her online. It was amazing to meet her in real life.
 
3. Double my income (got to wear two designer dresses)
After deciding to teach, I was worried I would not make enough money to support my spending habits plus bills and my student loans kicking it. Plus, I had three really tough classes my first semester teaching. I was WAY too tired when I got home to ever get another JOB. I was pooooped! Beachbody allowed me to work whenever I felt like it when I was home. Plus, I never saw emailing someone about a workout or sharing what I ate Wednesday as work (though I have eaten the same thing for 3 weeks now, and I have dropped the ball on WIAW lately). Plus, the products I blog about are already things I do or use every day so it’s easy to share with people.
Job involving health
4. Have friends in every part of the United States (and Canada)
Disney World was the first place I got to meet my friends from Michigan, California, Illinois, and South Carolina. I have always wanted to travel., and it is so nice to know wherever I go I have someone to call up and have dinner with! Judy, I’ll be seeing you for wine and Hollywood next year hopefully!
 
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5. Have my dream job
I went through 4 different majors before deciding I wanted to do this. To add to the drama, I never knew THIS (blogging and coaching) could be a job. I thought I had to work in a building somewhere with someone telling me what to do to be secure and a grown-up. PFT! So wrong! Anyone can be the person calling the shots as long as you believe in yourself, care about others, and work hard.

It feels surreal, but I am so excited to coach and blog as my job.

Have you ever done something you never thought you’d do? Was it a risk like a job?

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6 Comments

  1. Congrats Kalee!! This is such an awesome experience for you and I can’t wait to see what else comes of this decision :)

  2. I love that blogger montage. So true! Except I think I’m Carrie Bradshaw! :) I’m so jealous you met Chalene!

    1. Hahaha! I’m so a Charlotte that I don’t think I’ll ever see me as Carrie, but it would be nice! hehe! I loved the picture too!!

      It was SO cool meeting her – I thought I was going to hyperventilate lol!

  3. Congratulations on being able to leave your full time job and all of your accomplishements! I too am a teacher of 14 years. I became a BB coach (under Meg Wiczynski) last Nov but really haven’t worked my business. I was seriously considering giving up and then literally stumbled upon your website. Maybe a sign?? Anyway, thanks for sharing and good luck! BTW–I tried to sign up for your newsletter but the link was not working??

    1. Thanks for letting me know :) :) I hope your business thrives! It’s so much fun and reminds me of teaching (though I only have a year under my belt). It is just as rewarding for me :)

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