1 Year Since Quitting

A year ago yesterday, I left Nashville after quitting my job as a teacher due to my health. Sometimes, it’s hard to think about where my life was a year ago; I had just dislocated my knee for the 7th or 8th time, my arthritis and fibro were out of control, I could barely walk, my anxiety was running rampant, and I had just quit a job that I loved with the understanding that I may never be able to return to teaching. I remember talking to my sister one night shortly after I returned and her asking me if I was glad that I had moved back. “No,” I said. “I don’t want to be here. It was the right thing to do for my health, but I don’t want to be here.”

Like I said then, it was definitely the right thing to do. The past year hasn’t been easy by any means, but I have come a long way. A lot has happened, and it hasn’t always been a success, but no one can say that I haven’t accomplished anything over the past year. So here is everything that I’ve accomplished since I moved to Boston.

1 Year Since Quitting

1. Decided to apply to grad school and to study English literature instead of education.

2. Recovered from knee dislocation

3. Saw multiple knee surgeons to figure out what’s going on with my knee

4. Found out what was up with my knee – cartilage damage and plica syndrome – and scheduled surgery

5. Started blogging seriously, as in my posts started being better quality and I gained more traction in monetizing this blog.

6. Took the GRE literature test as well as the GRE

7. Applied to grad school

8. Was accepted to 2 of the 4 graduate programs I applied to, and I received scholarships to both of the schools that I was accepted to.

9. Had my surgery pushed back 4 months because of my infusion

10. Had surgery, followed by my infusion 2 weeks later

11. Wrote and published another book

12. Reduced my anxiety significantly. Over the past year, I have had 4 anxiety attacks compared to the 1-4 I was having every single week.

13. Got a part-time job

14. Graduated from the physical therapy I was in after surgery

15. Advocated for arthritis patients at the Arthritis Foundation Advocacy Summit

16. Became a Cure Arthritis Ambassador for the Arthritis National Research Foundation

The past year has been filled with lots of ups and downs, but I definitely accomplished more than I thought I would a year ago. But that’s life, isn’t it? It’s so easy for us to focus on the bad things that have happened to us instead of the great things we have done. And what’s more, I didn’t achieve these thing in spite of quitting my previous job; if I hadn’t quit, most of these things would have never happened.

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  • Reply Kay R.

    You are an absolute rockstar girl!! An absolute rockstar – that is certainly a year of ups and downs and I so hope you have a great year (and years) ahead.

    August 10, 2015 at 8:38 am
    • Reply Kate Mitchell

      Thank you so much! This means so much to me. Hopefully, this past year was the worst of it and things will only improve now.

      August 25, 2015 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Alanna @ Alanna & Company

    Congratulations! It sounds like you’ve had a very uplifting year.

    August 10, 2015 at 8:46 am
    • Reply Kate Mitchell

      Thank you! I don’t know about uplifting, but it definitely has been a good year for pointing me in the right direction.

      August 25, 2015 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Kenz @ Life According to Kenz

    I feel like you have done so much “finding yourself” this past year and what a BEAUTIFUL thing that is. So proud of you for all that you are pursuing!

    August 10, 2015 at 10:59 am
    • Reply Kate Mitchell

      Yes, that’s very true! Thank you so much! I’m so grateful for internet friends like you for the support and love that you’ve shared over the past year.

      August 25, 2015 at 9:20 am
  • Reply Kimberley Tobin

    Happy anniversary! I’m a frequent reader, not so frequent commenter and remember when you quit! Congratulations on all you’ve overcome and accomplished over the past year. Here’s to the next one!

    August 10, 2015 at 1:15 pm
    • Reply Kate Mitchell

      Thank you! I really appreciate it, and I’m so grateful for people like you who are frequent readers. Your support means the world to me!

      August 25, 2015 at 9:19 am
  • Reply Lauren Douglass

    Wow! So many exciting things in one year! Congratulations on doing what you wanted to do, and taking the leap to reach your goals!

    February 12, 2016 at 3:50 am
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