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Reflecting on my #GreatResignation: The Ultimate Power Play

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Reflecting on my #GreatResignation: The Ultimate Power Play

One year ago, I packed up my office and said goodbye to a toxic job … and hell yes to myself. 

“Were you plotting to leave, or were you triggered?” Yes, someone asked me this question … verbatim. 

Here’s why it was problematic: “Plotting” implies that I was on a plantation wrong for leaving.

Similarly, during my interview, I was asked why I was leaving when my supervisor at the time had only been in place for less than a year. (🚩)

I said, “I’ve been there six years. I’m looking for something new.” 


My Career Journey

I used to think that remaining at a job meant security. Even when I was harassed. Lied on. Was told Black women weren’t qualified. Was blocked from award nominations. Was targeted. Was told I was “scary and intimidating” by someone towered over me by nearly 2 feet. Micromanaged. Underpaid (by $13,000 to be exact). (Pro Tip: Check salaries of your predecessors. All of them.

All I knew was work. I went to school to get a good job. I got great jobs and even better promotions. Promoted twice in my first full-time job. Promoted twice in my second full-time job.

Failure was never an option. If I quit, that meant I failed. So, I toughed it out. 

“It” being work-related emotional trauma specific to Black women. 

And then … I quit something. 

Specifically, I withdrew from a doctoral program in 2015. You can read about it here. My mother told me I had to recognize my limitations. That has remained with me to this day. I left a negative situation. And that’s not failure. 


It’s Like This 

Despite how many promotions you get … 

Despite how many awards you win … 

Despite how much money you make … 

The situation still might not be worth it. 

And that’s what led me to quit my job last summer. It also helped me realize how much I suffered at my previous jobs due to being unprepared for environments that valued my skills but despised my identity as a Black woman. 

In short, I had to put me first. And I did it with a resignation (as did many people over the past 2+ years). 

I told my teams, “It wasn’t an easy decision. It wasn’t a hard decision. But it was the right decision.” 

In the latter half of Phase 1 of my career (nearly 9 years), I had the privilege of hiring great people. I LOVED my teams. Still do.  

But last summer was about growth. Which meant I had to leave. 

This was an act of resistance. This was an act of self-care. 

So, was I plotting? Or was I triggered? 


The Answer

“I was triggered. If I am going to be treated like I don’t know what I’m doing, then I don’t need to be here.” 

Plotting implies wrongdoing. And I didn’t do anything wrong. 

In short, I explained that although I had several years of experience and the capabilities to write, design, manage social media and public relations, etc. that I was still one person on a 4-person team for an organization of 400+ people. I had several carrots dangled in front of me (new staffers) but they never came to be. When I spoke up about a lack of respect for marketing processes, I was told my tone was “too strong” two weeks after I addressed leadership about the issues we were having. I had other people trying to block me from doing my job. My experience was not respected. 

I’m not a seat-filler.

I’m a boss. Check the receipts

From August 2006-June 2021, I was going through the motions of what I thought I should be doing. 

From July 2021-present, I’ve been experiencing a life that I was meant to live — and still getting paid, promoted, and recognized with awards. I’m doing exactly what I want to do with my life. I’ve worked hard and still continue to do so. Now, it’s on my own terms. 



  • June 29, 2022

    I am so grateful you reached this point of becoming fully who you are and taking the right steps to free yourself from the previous limiting situations. I look forward to watching your future successes!

    Please know always I am/will be in your corner rooting for you!


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