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Point of no Return

Today marks the official beginning of our adventure moving to New Zealand! Jordan and I both handed in our letter of resignation today which made this entire adventure very real – there’s no turning back now!

This was by far the toughest decision I have ever had to make. Leaving a company and job that I love was not easy. Considering I barely slept last night, my stomach was in knots the moments leading up to handing in that letter. I have so much respect and admiration for my manager and hoped he would understand this was an opportunity I just couldn’t turn down. As expected, he was sad to see me go but fully supported my decision and was excited for my upcoming adventure.

The next part – telling my team – would prove to be even more difficult. I have the most amazing group of people on my team and I truly enjoy working with them each and every day. With the recent exiting of other leaders, I was worried they would feel I was jumping ship too. As soon as my manager turned to me and said “Should I tell them OR do you want to” the room burst into an outcry of “Oh no, not you too!” as their hands and heads hit the table in shock. Once the initial shock was over, the team was supportive of my decision and excited for our adventures ahead.

Jordan had an interesting experience as well today as his manager, stand in manager and their ‘one-up’ was out of the office. Luckily Jordan was able to track down someone in the HR team so he could give his notice. His colleagues were very interested to hear about our plans to move to New Zealand – some even said they were envious of our courage.

So with that we will officially be UNEMPLOYED in 2 weeks (something I never thought I would voluntarily experience) embarking on an amazing adventure in a new land with no real plan, which makes it scary yet that much more exciting!

    Comments ( 2 )

  • Jen

    Hi Jenna,

    My husband and I will be going through this process soon. We will be leaving the States to head to NZ mid November and I’m wondering how many weeks before leaving for NZ did you and Jordan give notice? My husband’s work already knows and it ended up being a good thing – they need a long time to find a replacement for him. I work in a more corporate environment and I plan not to work the week before we head out. Did you just give a proper two weeks or did you give them more time? Thanks for your reply!

    • Hi Jen
      I told my manager about a month before, but officially gave my notice and let it be public just 2 weeks before. At the time that felt like the best thing to not prolong the awkwardness that can come when people know you’re leaving, but looking back I wish I had given more time.

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