I have a broad background in the arts and psychology. A lot of the jobs that I’ve had in the past never worked out for me because I’d end up working for narcissistic people that were crazy, selfish, cruel and weird. I was pulled into management roles where I was there to babysit everyone, and the better I performed, the more people would turn on me and punish me for it. They didn’t want me to succeed.

I am resetting by letting go of those shackles and those kinds of people. I really want to find the right kind of work culture and the right kind of company for me. I know they’re out there.

I’m enjoying my time. I’ve had interviews and job offers, but I’ve said “No, thank you.” Small companies and start-ups don’t give you what you need. I want something more stable. I want a salary, benefits and a nine-to-five schedule, so I can have a family and do other things.

I’ve always said yes in the past, thinking I’ll jump in really fast and hope for the best. But if you say yes to everybody, you’re probably not going to be happy.

I’m learning that it’s ok to say no because I want to do something that makes me happy.

Photo courtesy of Mary Ann D’Urso.