Have you ever felt destined for something else, but you are stuck where you are?
For the last 3 years, I have been involved in what I have referred to as “my 4 jobs”.
Job 1: Working full-time in a litigation support role at a law firm in Washington DC.
Job 2: Working in a management position for a non-profit called Women in eDiscovery.
Job 3: Teaching several courses in the Georgetown University Paralegal Studies program.
Job 4: Mentoring individuals interested in a litigation support career through Litigation Support Guru.
If you asked me which of my jobs is the most fulfilling, I would not hesitate to tell you it is Litigation Support Guru. I love helping others realize their dreams. I love mentoring others.
I have been struggling to do it all. I did not want to give up my other 3 jobs, and I could not give up the one job that pays the most and covers the bills, right?
I have been feeling guilty when I could not respond quickly to the many emails I receive from people asking for advice, guidance or mentoring.
If my Job #1 gets really busy, it cuts into my evening and weekend time, which in turn cuts into my mentoring time.
In addition, the commute to and from Washington DC is 3 hours each day. Aside from my absorption of knowledge through podcasts and audiobooks, my commute is a waste of precious time.
Way back in 2005, I took 6 months off work. It was wonderful. I still remember what it felt like. So, I made a decision to take another sabbatical now, 10 years later. I quit my day job — my last day was February 20, 2015.
I want to enjoy life. We only get one chance to do that.
I want to do what makes me most happy. I want to make a difference in the world. I want to impact peoples' lives.
No matter what happens from here on out, I know that I will not regret this decision.
Wish me luck and keep in touch!