The Start of a New Journey

I Quit My Litigation Support Job

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!

14 Comments

  1. Amy! Congratulations and best of luck to you! You were an inspiration in helping me get to where I am today – at a reputable law firm working in litigation support. Though we have never actually met, I admire you. You are a trailblazer! Onward and upward, com padre!

  2. WoW!!! How exciting. Best of luck to you Amy in the next Chapter in your journey. You are such a gift to our field.

  3. How exciting Amy! I hope this time allows you to “smell the roses” and focus on what is important to you.

  4. Amy,
    You deserve to be happy.
    What will you do for income?
    If nothing else this industry pays well.

    Good Luck!

  5. Amy – best of luck on your recent decision. I know you will make it work as you have in the past and this time, you get to exhale.

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