I cried for the last time in the back of the coffee shop I'd been working at for two years.
I was getting to a point where I felt completely disconnected from my work. There were moments work was so stressful, I had to run off the floor to let out my frustrations.
For a long time, I loved my job. I put in a lot of effort, time and love into every latte I made and every shift I ran. Even others acknowledged this in me. I was respected by co-workers and appreciated by regulars.
There just comes a point -- with any job -- where you realize it's just not what you want to do with your life.
Despite how much you've learned and the amazing people you've met, it's not enough to make you feel complete in the work you do.
We can easily convince ourselves something is right for us. We can tell ourselves to stay somewhere because it's comfortable and because we've created a foundation for ourselves.
But if there's a growing feeling of emptiness you just can't seem to get rid of every time you walk in the doors of your workplace, maybe it's time to reconsider what you're doing.
There are always going to be moments where you're bored, you feel overwhelmed, you don't like your boss or feel you should get paid more and that's OK. It's normal.
It's when these thoughts are consistent and constant that you need to rethink what you're doing, and consider finding another way to make a living.
You could come up with a ton of excuses not to quit: the problem of not having money, of not being ready for new challenges, of trying to find a new job you actually want to do, of possibly being stuck in another job that's just as bad or even worse.
The point is to not give up even when all of this does happen. Would you rather stay in your job based on fear or based on the desire and passion you have growing inside you for it?
A career is going to take up the majority of your time in life. It's going to be a huge factor in whom you become as an individual, so it only makes sense for you to struggle in searching for the right one.
For two years I've been living, breathing and literally drinking coffee every day because of where I worked.
I wanted so badly to be passionate about it and potentially move up in the business, but there was a more compelling desire to do something different -- to focus my time elsewhere.
It's hard to quit when you're comfortable. You know everyone you work with, you get the hours you want, your boss actually likes you and you've made your work into a habit you can't possibly unlearn.
The reality with this is, if you're no longer passionate about your work and stay simply because you're comfortable, then you won't be challenged in the right ways.
The challenge becomes the act of getting up for work, because there's no growing desire or meaning to do it in the first place.
The challenge becomes dealing with work.
The challenge becomes just getting through the day instead of actually enjoying it.
You've suddenly stopped learning, stopped growing, stopped being as curious.
I've learned everything I wanted to learn about coffee. I can talk about the different blends, roasts, brewing methods and I can make a masterpiece of a latte.
This is why it's time for me to move on and find my true calling.
After accomplishing all that I could in this workplace, my heart is no longer in it anymore.
Work no longer fires up a flame deep within my gut, which is something other things like writing and helping people have always done and continue to do.
When you feel the flame go out at your workplace, when you feel you're no longer challenged and too comfortable to change, then please change.
Challenge yourself. Whether it's finding a new project, altering your perspective or completely dropping your job in order to do what most scares you.
Find the passion within you that never wants to stop growing, learning and working hard to achieve goals.
Your career should lead you to this. Don't stay stuck somewhere you don't belong.
Find who you're truly meant to be and become that person, even if it means leaving what you once loved behind.