Career Choices, Changes, and Challenges

For a little over eight years, I was a full-time working woman. The choice I made to resign from my six-and-a-half-year profession at a multinational FMCG company was a decision that lifted a huge burden off my chest.

One may ask why anyone in the right frame of mind would want to leave a long profession behind. However, why would you want to continue working in an environment that’s toxic for your health, mind, and body? Why would anyone in the right frame of mind want to live a life that’s filled with misery, pain, agony, negativity, and the feeling of being unwanted every single time you step your foot through the door of the company you’re working for? Oh gosh, is that not a huge burden on my back? Why would anyone want to go through that?

People say, at about the age of 30, your perspective of your life, career, and more changes. Well, it did for me.

I didn’t want to continue working for a multinational company that did not appreciate its employees or empower them to excel beyond their limits. Nor did I want to continue working with a manager who was so toxic for me. Going through a lot of anger, pain, and fear during the last year of my employment made a huge impact on my well-being. So I chose to leave. I chose to embrace my newly married life. I chose to be happy every single day of my life. I chose to embrace the change and leave my comfort zone. I chose to make a drastic decision to spread my wings and explore what was in store for me in the outer world. This decision was mine and mine alone.

I must admit that I am very privileged to be able to make this choice because of my loving and supportive husband. I do not think I would have been able to do so without him by my side, supporting me, loving me, and being there for me every single step of it all. For that, I am very grateful.

The changes after resigning were remarkable. I now have many good days where sunshine lights up my face with never ending laughter. My heart feels like I’m a teenager again, my skin glows with positivity, my health is back on track, and my husband is enjoying every bit of me. I finally have time to enjoy my new house and my newly married life, to experiment in the kitchen, to explore a business model, and to enjoy my daily workouts at the gym. I finally feel alive again! Working in a toxic environment does put a lot of strain on your life, and it certainly impacts the way you think, feel, and live your life.

My life the past few months hasn’t always been honky dory. I do have a few bummer days, too, in which my neverending search for a full time job continues. With the economy being very slow, I have been facing a lot of challenges in finding a job that fits my profile in the country that I’m currently living in. It’s been almost a year and I’m still searching. I do have some moments of despair in which my heart wants to give up, but my mind kicks in and pushes me to feel hopeful again. After all, I do have a total of eight years’ experience, out of which six and a half were in a multinational company. It’s just a matter of time!

There’s a reason for everything, and maybe there’s something better in store for me in the near future. I have to continue being patient, and never give up on my dreams.

Carine Badreddine

About the Author | Carine Badreddine

Carine is a passionate married woman who believes in healthy living for mind, body, and soul. She is a firm believer that the mind is a huge aspect of our healthy living, and that thinking positively is the key to our success. Every choice we make is ours to live up to.

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