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My Big Life Change

Friends, I have been keeping a secret for over a month now. I had planned on sharing this last week, but when things happened with Colby’s dad, my announcement was put on hold. So it’s time to share my exciting and nerve-racking announcement…

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I quit my job!

After almost 11 years at the same company, I turned in my notice. This was one of the hardest decisions I have ever had to make. Like really hard. But after seeking out part-time and realizing that would not be an option like I had hoped, I knew I had to quit. This might not be a big deal to most, but to me this is huge. All I have known since June 2006, just two weeks after graduating from college, is working in the corporate world at the same company. Monday-Friday, week after week. I have spent 1/3 of my life at this job and that is why it’s a big deal.

So you might be wondering where I will be working now as that question has come up a lot, but I am not. I am not going to work anywhere else, although I am still pursuing some part time opportunities. I am now officially pursuing my ministry full time, which includes Moms in the Making, my blog, my book and everything else that entails like planning my conference, speaking engagements and whatever else the Lord leads me to do.

My Big Life Change

My heart is to encourage those who are in the wait and I wasn’t able to do that to it’s fullest potential and work full time as well. For a very long time now I have been spread way too thin and have been way too stressed, feeling like I am barely surviving instead of thriving. I have put so much on the back-burner including Colby, taking care of the house, cooking and so much more. I hated to say goodbye to a good company, good boss, good co-workers and such a good position that I loved, especially after receiving the Hall of Fame award, but I knew I had to do so to stop living so full of stress as well as so I could dedicate my time where the Lord has led me.

This wasn’t and isn’t easy for me. It’s actually left me super uncomfortable, however I know that leaps of faith aren’t supposed to be comfortable or easy. Giving up my salary and a good job was hard and most people don’t understand why I would do so, but I know obedience is what is most important and God will take care of us just as he has done up to this point. I am excited and nervous for what the future holds for me and ultimately, I hope this leap of faith launches me into a season of motherhood.

Oh and my last day was the day we got the call about Colby’s dad, so it was a pretty rough start to how I thought retirement would go. But today is officially day 3! I am still catching up from being out of town, so I am not sure it has hit me yet, but here is to a major life change and all that God has in store for me and our family! 

My Big Life Change

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57 Comments
  • Natalie Michels
    Posted at 08:59h, 10 May Reply

    I am SO elated for you and this new life change!! Very excited to see what the Lord does in the near future. I know he has big things in store! Cheers to less stress (hopefully)! Love you, friend <3

  • Erika B.
    Posted at 09:08h, 10 May Reply

    How exciting!! Congrats on such a big life change- cheers to new adventures!

  • Rebecca Jo
    Posted at 09:10h, 10 May Reply

    I am so excited for you – what a real leap of faith that is.
    I have been praying about where God wants me lately as well – being at my job for 25 years (YIKES) is so hard to think about leaving but I’m really asking God to lead me to new things where He can use me. I’m so excited to see how God is going to use you now!!!

  • Laura Retter
    Posted at 09:11h, 10 May Reply

    So exciting!!! Will be praying for continued peace and guidance for you! You are such an inspiration, role model and guiding example of whole-heartedly submitting to God’s plans. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for you next!

  • Nicole
    Posted at 09:11h, 10 May Reply

    This is AMAZING news, Caroline! I am so very excited for you, and what God has planned. What a leap of faith – I admire your courage and obedience to the Lord. You are such a testimony. I KNOW this will lead to wonderful things for you and Colby! I will definitely be following along this NEW journey with you! Congratulations, friend. Much love to you.

  • Jennifer Weitz
    Posted at 09:16h, 10 May Reply

    This is wonderful! I remember this feeling – it was a hard transition giving up my full-time job, but I knew it was the best decision. Prayers for you as you navigate this new season (and hoping for more opportunities of rest and for you!)

  • Kara
    Posted at 09:27h, 10 May Reply

    Woohoo!! So so excited for you friend!! Yay for staying home 🏡 🎉🙌🏼

  • Brittany Carnes
    Posted at 09:30h, 10 May Reply

    So excited for you Caroline! Wow you are so brave! The Lord always provides and I can’t wait to see he does in this new chapter of your life! Prayers for the journey ahead!

  • Tiffany
    Posted at 09:32h, 10 May Reply

    Caroline that is awesome! Congratulations on pursuing your dream and what you feel called to do! Leaving a good company is never easy, but it was the best decision I made and never regret it.

  • Bethany Sumner
    Posted at 09:34h, 10 May Reply

    This is so beautiful! Hearing “Well done thou good and faithful servant” will always be greater than any hall of fame 🙂 Excited for you

  • Megan Swanek
    Posted at 10:10h, 10 May Reply

    Good for you! What courage! I cannot imagine working corporate and only having 2 weeks off a year! I’m a guidance counselor and only work 196 days. If I had to work more, I would quit too! Good luck on your journey.

  • Melissa Venable
    Posted at 10:12h, 10 May Reply

    I had a feeling this is what it was – I’m not sure why! I am excited for you, although I know it must be scary! I feel excited for you & am guessing you have your hubby’s full support which is wonderful! I love the woman you are – so full of faith & obedience to God! I know God will supply your needs, & I believe He will do it in ways that go beyond what you could have dreamed up! Love you girl! So excited for you!

  • Amanda
    Posted at 10:13h, 10 May Reply

    I’m really excited for you and am encouraged by your dedication to following the Lord’s leading. You are a light, Caroline! Plus no full-time job is niiiiice. I hope you are able to relax a bit and not feel so spread out.

  • Melissa Skrepak
    Posted at 10:21h, 10 May Reply

    Congrats girl!! So excited for you. I love your ministry and vulnerability! Wishing you all the best!

  • Erin Callahan Pardoe
    Posted at 10:30h, 10 May Reply

    Congratulations sweet friend!!! Love you bunches!

  • Ashley Boddorf
    Posted at 10:43h, 10 May Reply

    I’m so excited for you and this transition! What an example you are setting for others who have the same calling but aren’t sure they can do it. You are leading by example 🙌🏼 Can’t wait to see how God continues to use you!
    p.s I just bought your book and sent it to two friends who are waiting moms.

  • Michael Bova
    Posted at 10:49h, 10 May Reply

    So happy for you! Can’t wait to see what happens when you have extra time to devote to your passions!

  • POOJA MITRA
    Posted at 11:21h, 10 May Reply

    That’s exciting to hear. Good decision. Always go after what you want.

  • Robyn B
    Posted at 11:43h, 10 May Reply

    yay! that is so exciting! i went through a huge life change last year & on this side of it i am so very glad i did! each day that passes, the more thankful i am that i made the change! even though it’s hard and it doesn’t always look like we planned, we know the Lord is laying the path forward!

  • Kristy
    Posted at 11:47h, 10 May Reply

    That is sooo exciting! It has to feel so good! I hope this is the stepping stone to becoming a SAHM for you. I’d give almost anything to be able to stay home with my kids, but student loans dictate our current situation. I wish you the very best on this new venture!

  • Sara Farnam
    Posted at 12:02h, 10 May Reply

    congratulations. I know how hard and how emotional this must have been for you. Its been incredibly difficult for me to turn in resignations to my previous jobs even though I was going to another position that was a better fit for my life at the time. When I quit my first job out of college I cried uncontrollably as I spoke to my boss and I’m usually not a crier! I wish you the best and I am proud of you for following your heart in the way that God has lead you. You are amazing at what you do for this community of women.

  • Yvette Gallinar
    Posted at 12:18h, 10 May Reply

    This is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing. I’m also seeking the Lord for guidance in several areas of my life. Keeping you in my prayers.

  • Stacy maggard
    Posted at 12:27h, 10 May Reply

    Congrats girl…welcome to retirement! I went back PT after maternity leave and it’s just so hard to go from full time to PT esp. when expectations haven’t changed. So I quit my job a couple months ago and am now a full time SAHM. Still praying and trying to figure out what’s God’d plans are for me in this season of life, but so grateful for this time. Can’t wait to see what new blessings come your way!!

  • Brittany
    Posted at 12:43h, 10 May Reply

    That’s amazing! Congratulations!

  • Amie P
    Posted at 13:00h, 10 May Reply

    Congratulations Caroline!! I hope with this time you are able to doing everything you want 🙂

  • Caitlin Christiaan
    Posted at 13:32h, 10 May Reply

    Congratulations! I took the leap this year as well – I’m so excited for you!

  • Sarah @ Foxy's Domestic Sides
    Posted at 13:34h, 10 May Reply

    Congrats, so exciting. Good luck with your new adventure! I’m sure you’re going to rock it!

  • Jen Ruud
    Posted at 13:54h, 10 May Reply

    So beyond excited for you!!! Congrats!! Like I said before…you have such a special gift…you have helped so many women (including me) and have taught us that we are not alone. I have always been religious and attended church but until I found your blog I felt like I was just spinning my wheels and not going anywhere….so Thank you Caroline for helping me seek a deeper relationship with the Lord!

  • Renee
    Posted at 16:01h, 10 May Reply

    Congrats Caroline! God will provide every need of yours in Christ Jesus! So neat what steps of obedience lead to!

  • Kelli {A Deeper Joy}
    Posted at 17:18h, 10 May Reply

    That’s awesome, Caroline! I’m so happy for you! Our experience has been similar, but with Kevin quitting his corporate job (a couple of years ago) and now quitting his job at the church so he can focus on fostering our kiddos, writing and speaking engagements. So excited for you, friend!

  • Delayedbutnotdeniedblog
    Posted at 17:47h, 10 May Reply

    Glory to God! He is certainly using you. I’m so happy for you.

  • Graciela Sanchez
    Posted at 18:20h, 10 May Reply

    Super EXCITING! Congratulations! Wish you the best in this new endeavor!

  • Finley Stupkin
    Posted at 18:25h, 10 May Reply

    Oh Caroline this is amazing news!!!
    You will definitely take a while to adjust to the new season but it will make you so happy i know it! We are so similar though – i left my job of 12 years late last year -and it was incredibly hard, but i felt led to my job now at a Not for Profit (and its part time!!!) . The weight that has lifted is just so good – so i know you will feel it too! So excited to see what God has in store for you lovely ladyxxx

  • Britt Hanson
    Posted at 19:57h, 10 May Reply

    How exciting!!! 🙂

  • Alexandra
    Posted at 20:02h, 10 May Reply

    Congrats to you. I know the feeling of leaving a corporate career for the unknown – only knowing God has called you to make the change. Blessings!

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 20:48h, 10 May Reply

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Oh, this is just wonderful news! FREEDOM, my friend…this is where we find it…in the center of God’s will, wholly in Christ. He will take care of you, and that’s the beauty of it all. Living by faith is an exciting adventure!! God bless you for stepping out in faith and following His lead!!!!!

  • Kim
    Posted at 21:33h, 10 May Reply

    I am so happy for you. Last year I went part time at my job as a position finally opened up, but I have been seeking another place as my current one is not that great and defiantly does not value what I do. But God still opened up my door for part time for now so I have more time for God/church, hubby, the animals, service work, house work, projects, etc. I am so glad God worked this out for you to make this change. I know he has wonderful things in store for you. Congrats!!! I can’t wait to see where God takes you next 🙂

  • Laurameyer
    Posted at 22:09h, 10 May Reply

    Congrats! Life is short & we need to heed & do the Lords calling for us.
    Jesus is with you always!

  • Carissa Maul
    Posted at 08:12h, 11 May Reply

    It’s just amazing to read this news Caroline! I am so proud of you for taking this HUGE step! so excited for what God has in store for you!

  • dubliner in deutschland
    Posted at 09:54h, 11 May Reply

    Good for you! Excited to see what the future brings

  • ashley peavey
    Posted at 10:20h, 11 May Reply

    I am so excited for you girl! God is so good and has so much planned for you. You are such an inspiration! <3

  • Patricia
    Posted at 12:13h, 11 May Reply

    I’m overjoyed for you my friend!!!! God will honor your obedience and I’m excited to see where He takes you and your ministry!!

  • Joanna
    Posted at 13:23h, 11 May Reply

    Congratulations! I completely understand – I recently just did the same and now work VERY part time at a local church. Having more time with my husband, my family and taking care of things I feel were neglected has been the best. It is scary, but well worth it in the long run I l=think.

  • Val Coleman
    Posted at 20:18h, 11 May Reply

    It takes faith to leave the familiar. That’s a word the Holy Spirit gave me on April 22nd of this year. It relates to so much! Here is to your Jesus years dear sister in Christ!!! Whew Hew!!!

  • Kerry Afdem
    Posted at 23:35h, 11 May Reply

    Congrats! I’m so excited to see what’s in store for you now. You deserve every bit of success and happiness that comes your way!

  • Laura
    Posted at 00:02h, 12 May Reply

    Way to go girl! I can’t wait to see where this next season takes you. 🙂

  • Taylor Mobley
    Posted at 11:03h, 12 May Reply

    This is amazing!! I am so excited for you and proud of your bravery! You go girl!

  • Joanna
    Posted at 11:45h, 12 May Reply

    Congratulations! I am sure that is a super scary but extremely exciting thing to do!

  • brittany ASHMORE
    Posted at 12:27h, 12 May Reply

    That is so amazing!!! I just did the same thing and while I’ll miss certain aspects I am so thankful to get to pursue being in a different season!

  • Shannon | Mom Without Labels
    Posted at 15:08h, 12 May Reply

    Congratulations! This is so exciting! Leaving the corporate world is tough but I haven’t looked back yet!

  • Living in Color
    Posted at 16:23h, 12 May Reply

    Congratulations! So happy for you! <3

  • Amy Lu
    Posted at 21:34h, 12 May Reply

    Congratulations! I am so happy for you. I wish you the best on your journey pursing your ministry full time. Xo

  • Justine @ Little Dove
    Posted at 21:41h, 13 May Reply

    That is so exciting! I know you’ve been a busy lady so I hope this is a great transition for you! I wish you all the best with this change!

  • Andrea
    Posted at 11:20h, 24 May Reply

    Looking forward to whatever God’s next step for you is!

  • Terri
    Posted at 12:37h, 24 May Reply

    Congrats and may God pave all the way for you

  • Alice Mills
    Posted at 21:22h, 24 May Reply

    That is awesome. Many blessings to you and your walk!

  • Kristi
    Posted at 19:34h, 25 May Reply

    That’s such Ana exciting leap of faith! May God bless your journey and may you cling to him through the ups and down of it!

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