Inspiration & Advice

Eva Chen Is Un’Lucky’ – What It Means To Leave Your Job

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This morning I went to the computer to veg out on Tumblr and scan the internet for all the latest fashion news. What I found out was Eva Chen tweeting that she has decided to leave ‘Lucky’ magazine! Eva has decided to “spend time with her family” (as stated on her Twitter). Even though I’m sad to see my favorite ‘Lucky’ girl go, I can’t help but feel a sense of familiarity with her.

Leaving a job you care so much about is hard enough, but the hardest part is feeling like you’re losing a part of yourself as well – in many different ways. To stay at your job many times means to lose out on personal time. Now, it’s easy to tell yourself that personal time is optional and a luxury to have, maybe even something that is an easy sacrifice for the hard work and dedication you put into your job and the benefits you are receiving. The reality however is personal time to yourself, with family, and with friends is not  optional.

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What makes someone strong is the ability to see when life is no longer heading in a healthy direction and have the courage to break your patterns and make a choice that is right for you. Like Chen, I was faced with a “crossroads” (now me and Chen have made awful puns) and made the difficult choice to leave my job at Crossroads Trading Company last week. Even though I had a huge sense of  failure feeling like a let a team down (and myself for leaving what I have been working so hard at since I was sixteen at my first retail job), I knew the best decision was to listen to my heart.

In the end all you have is what you decide for yourself. You alone can be the spokesperson for your heart. If you do what you need to do, the best is yet to come!

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  • Judith Tapia April 30 at 1:22 pm

    i just love it love it!

  • Amy Ann April 30 at 6:10 pm

    Wow, can’t believe she left. I missed that. Sounds like you made the right decision. Big ones are always hard!

    Amy Ann
    Now blogging at my new site Straight A Style

    • Alexa Alford April 30 at 11:31 pm

      I know Amy! She announced it this morning, but she won’t be transitioning out for a few months. Leaving was totally difficult for me so thank you for the encouragement!

  • Marina Ingvarsson April 30 at 9:11 pm

    I love your blog!

    http://www.bonaupetite.com

    • Alexa Alford April 30 at 11:34 pm

      Wow thank you so much! I really do appreciate that <3

  • Kamara H May 1 at 12:57 am

    It sounds like leaving was right for you – all the best in future! Well done for taking steps towards one you want 🙂

    Euriental

    • Alexa Alford May 1 at 9:59 am

      Thank you so much for your support!!

  • Federica May 1 at 2:11 am

    Very well said!

    The Cutielicious
    http://www.thecutielicious.com
    Federica

  • templeofbeauty May 1 at 5:31 am

    As difficult the decision to leave something you work long and hard for as, following your heart is always the right choice.

    xx Z&G

    http://www.temple-of-beauty.com

    • Alexa Alford May 1 at 10:01 am

      It totally is! You know it isn’t logical, but you emotionally can feel like you’re wasting everything you worked for!

  • Joua May 3 at 4:32 pm

    NOOO!! I’m sad to hear that she’s leaving Lucky Magazine. sniff snifffff. I was so happy to see an editor of chief of a fashion magazine who “resembled” in. Thanks though, Eva, for everything you’ve done. I remember picking up the first issue you worked on at Lucky Magazine. MUAHH!
    Joua to the Rescue

    • Alexa Alford May 5 at 12:46 pm

      I love her so much too! I’m sad I won’t be able to connect with her through the magazine, but I’m glad she acts as a role-model for a very strong woman.