Moments of Possible Insanity

Jan 9, 2013

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So I had a ballsy moment yesterday.

I capped my pen, got up from my desk, mosied on over to my boss’s office, knocked on his door nonchalantly…and quit.

New Year’s resolutions are right on track! Ok, so maybe it wasn't quite as smooth as that. My tummy was passed doing flip flops and graduated to cart wheels and I literally felt like I had pit stains the size of plates. And as I was working myself into a frenzy, I kept telling myself over and over “you’re not an indentured servant, it’s fiiiine for you to do this.”

So as I was acting like *the* biggest cowardly lion since the original Oz, I reminded myself we need to do things we’re scared of every once in a while (God bless Elanor Roosevelt), and so I made myself bite the bullet. I might have come into his office with my eyes tightly scrunched closed and arms protectively over my face, but still. It's a win. (And check out my tumblr if you want to hear the full story!)

Now if you remember my Resolution List, I promised that this was going to be the Year of Marlen. And for Day 9, I think I'm on a pretty great track. Especially considering that I just bought....TICKETS TO INDIA. How very Eat, Pray, Love of me. I leave in a month and I'm pretty sure I'm going to be ruing this idea when I'm back home and broke like a joke, but what's the point of being young if you're not stupid, am I right? 

Dress (worn as shirt)- French Connection
Skirt- thrifted
Tights- Target
Belt- J Crew





69 comments :

  1. Wow! I think this post warrants a very enthusiastic Happy New Yr to you :) It's absolutely terrifying walking away from a job and taking a leap of faith into the unknown but as someone who did a similar thing two and a half years ago and hasn't looked back I think you've done the right thing! Funnily enough I also ended up in India shortly afterwards...there's clearly something about India and new beginnings :) Can't wait to follow your exciting journey over the next while!

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  2. Wow you go girl! What a great way to start the new year, I admire your courage!
    And what a great outfit, you look radiant!
    dimplesdiaries
    x

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  3. That's so awesome that you're going to India! I can't wait to see all the pictures and hear all about it. I'd love to travel the world someday. In fact, that's really what I'd love to do with my life. If only it paid...lol.

    Congrats on quitting your job. I hope you find what's right for you and what makes you happy! :)

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  4. soooooo beautiful colour! it's my favourite!

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  5. OH WOMAN! I'm happy for you, plus you look really beautiful! Such a cute colored skirt & ruffled top :)

    .. Although quitting sounded too ballsy for me, because I love my job - you obviously didn't. All the best for the future, what ever it may bring ♥ Or did you have plans already? :)

    Satu
    Indie by heart

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  6. Ahh india!!! That's so exciting!! I am so very jealous. And that's funny that your bosses took you quitting better than you expected, that happened to me last time i quit, I thought I was going to get yelled at.
    This skirt is the most beautiful shade miss!! I absolutely adore it!
    xJennaD

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  7. Very eat,pray,love but that is AWESOME!! That is so exciting! I love your shirt/dress too!! The sleeves are really cool.

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  8. I Love it! Such a cute shirt! Tihs outfit is waaay simpler than the ones you use to wear! ;) Kisses*

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  9. Oh, how exciting for you! Way to kick 2013's booty right off the bat!
    Trish

    www.jellybonesblog.blogspot.com

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  10. Congrats on being so brave!! I love that you bought tickets to India- how amazing!! I am your newest follower on GFC & Bloglovin :D

    http://mylifebeingrenewed.blogspot.com/

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  11. Go you! Quitting your job? Going to India? I wish I had courage to do both of those things :) Good luck! And love that teal skirt, especially with those tights.

    Annie
    The Other Side of Gray

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  12. Oh! How brave! Quitting a job- no matter how unhappy/unsatisfied you are- is hard. Year of Marlen, indeed!

    Also- I like the outfit but your hair is just rocking in these. Love it.

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  13. Wow! This color palette suits you so beautifully!
    I love the ruffle detail on the sleeves,so romantic and girly looking! Have fun at India!!! hubby and I play with the idea of going one day. We love indian food so much :) xx

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  14. That's incredible, Marlen! Some of the most important changes are the scariest, so well done. And a trip to India? Super exciting! Love the ruffly shoulders as well :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  15. First: I LOVE this outfit! That skirt is the perfect color and how fun are those sleeves??
    Second: Your hair looks amazing!
    Third: YAY! Go you! Your year is off to a great start and I admire your courage. You will have an amazing trip and there is always time to make money again :)

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  16. *gasp* that top is TO DIE FOR! So so pretty and flattering on you! (looks like we're both rocking mint today as well!)

    Let me get this right, you quit your job and are going to India?! Where can I sign up!?

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  17. Oh my goodness!!! Seriously- you are my hero! It takes so much more than anything we've ever imagined mustering up in order to take a step in a direction with no bounds! I'm excited to see your future adventures and love your style!! And let's be real here- grandma knits rule over all!! :)

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  18. Oh my goodness! That is quite a step in life! Good luck to you and your future endeavors my dear. Also, this outfit is so adorable and you look darling :)

    xomando

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  19. I am so jealous of you right now. First of all you look gorgeous! Did u change your hair? And your top is so pretty! And then you quit your job and are going to India?! You go girl!! You're living the dream. Seriously. Sigh, ill just live vicariously through you. I want to see so many pics from India!
    -Jessi
    haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

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  20. Your mint skirt is my dream :33

    xx
    Christina Klein
    http://bychristina.blogspot.com/

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  21. I have so many things to say! First off, good for you! It does take a lot to just quit and I'm glad you found the courage to do it. Second, congrats on going to India! You are going to have so much fun and I can't wait to hear all your traveling stories. And last, I literally gasped when I saw that shirt. I am in love with that shoulder detail. This has to be one of my favorite looks Marlen!

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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  22. Wow u quit just like that huh! yup that was ballsy hahaha. Love the top

    http://delightfulideas.com/

    xo lala

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  23. Great look! I love the colors here. x


    <3 Melissa
    wildflwrchild.blogspot.com

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  24. Oh wow!! Congrats on taking the plunge! I need to be a bit more courageous! Can't wait to hear about all your India happenings!

    Cute look! Loving your skirt!

    xx
    Giovanna
    www.HeyLoveBlog.com

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  25. that is a pretty skirt and dress! and your hair is delightful. now folloiwng <3

    natalie
    http://lucyandtherunaways.blogspot.com

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  26. oh my gosh marlen, way to go! so excited for your upcoming adventures, & india. sigh. :)

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  27. This outfit is so lovely, awesome sleeve detail! And holy crap, go you! Can't wait to hear about India!

    <3 Megan
    http://kiddotv.blogspot.com

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  28. i LOVE button up skirts. therefore, i LOVEEEEE yours!!! such a perfect color, too :)

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  29. That top is so so so cute! LOVE it!

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  30. Omgsh Marlen, this is so brave of you! I seriously admire what you're doing though. In the future (past the broke phase that may come), you'll definitely be glad you chose to live your life than stay trapped in a job you can't stand.
    And India?? Ahh, can't wait to see some blog posts from that trip haha :D

    Trendy Teal

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  31. ballsy is right!

    I totally have a girl crush on you right now for doing that...and buying tickets to India? what in the world? but why the heck not?

    keep it going!

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  32. Girl, I am SO proud of you! I of course read your tumblr too to find out exactly how it went down, bummer there wasn't more of a fanfare, but the SAME exact thing would happen if I quit here I think. I have seen multiple people leave and they're like oh good for you!!!
    Anyway, your outfit is adorable, love the frills and pastels, especially in dreary weather! I am pretty bummed to be back from vacay but now maybe I can live vicariously through you! Will you blog from India? My mom made a travel blog when in Taiwan and it was so fun to read! Can't wait to here about your adventure and hoping to plan my next one soon as well!
    xo Hannah

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  33. This is one of the prettiest outfits I've seen this year. The colours work so well together!
    -Kati

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  34. That's definitely not stupid, are you kidding me?!?! That's the most courageous and cool thing you can possibly do! Ok, one of the top 10.:) But I'm sure you'll do more cool and crazy stuff in India!;)

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  35. are these the booties you mentioned in your comment? they are pretty adorbs, so cute you say they're held together with "hope and glue"! I have a pair that are kinda similar but with ties on the side. really cute top, this outfit reminds me abit of the designs by Leanna Marshall from Project Runway

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  36. Great blog dear! What about following each other? Also on bloglovin and fb if you want...just let me know :3 <3
    MARC JACOBS GIVEAWAY!

    NEW POST UP!

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  37. Amazing! You quit and you bought tickets to India?! Those are both two huge things in 9 days! I do hope to read more about your trip! So exciting!

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  38. I was waiting for you to say just kidding. Wow sounds like a serious adventure. Enjoy

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  39. you go, girl!!!! 2013 sounds like it's off to a great start for you :)

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  40. That's awesome! Way to go, Marlen! Love the dress! I'm a new follower.
    Liz
    http://liz-makes.blogspot.com/

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  41. Wow, congratulations! What a start to the year! And just love this look on you-- that skirt is a lovely color!
    xx, Emily
    http://soanthro.com

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  42. Love the color of your skirt...and love the booties!

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  43. Hi dear, thanks for stopping by, following your lovely blog now. Congrats on taking the plunge! Thats really great that you are following your dreams and heart...India is amazing, I am sure you will have a fantastic trip. Love this outfit, the ruffle detail on the sleeve is darling and love the colour of the skirt.

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  44. Wow! Good for you! :) Taking control (in a good way) is always awesome in my books! Best wishes for you and India.. wow!

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  45. That is quite fantastic! I am glad you are doing such a terrific job following your resolutions. Dare to do something different!

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  46. oh my goodness, that is a big day! Congrats to you! And India sounds amazing - i've always wanted to go there!

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  47. Wow, good for you! I agree, we need to do things like that when we're young because it never has a chance to happen later on. India will be exciting! My sister was just there a few months ago.
    Loving these colors on you by the way :)

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  48. Okay hey Marlen I just saw your comment on my blog so I had to hop on over here and you are instantly because my favorite person! So you quit your job AND your going to India...I wish had your guts, spontaneity, and hell yeah your spunk! I'm going to definitely follow along because wow I want to see where your journey leads you!!! =)

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  49. Ahhh....Marlen I'm so proud of you!!!! I can't believe I missed this post! Good for you:)! I'm sure that took some major gutsola;)! And India....WOW! This is the year of Marlen! And what about this amazing outfit missy! I love it! You look might purrty!

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  50. Wow! Way to grab your life by the ...um, ballsy - this sounds like the start of an incredible adventure (traveling always is!). Thanks for popping by my blog - I adore your style here, very lovely.. especially this turquoise number with ruffles.. swoon!
    mel ;o)
    needle and nest design

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  51. Good Luck! and have a fun trip. It takes courage to just quit a job to just LIVE and do something you really truely love, but you are young soo..... it's going to be great.

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  52. beautiful! i love your top :) xx

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  53. I'm actually in live with you quite a bit for doing this- by far the best trait in some one is there ability to chase their dreams:) I'm do happy and a bit jealous (massively jealous) but totally inspired to save up and go travelling myself :)

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  54. OMG that's amazing!! So ballsy! Good for you! I hope you have an amazing time in India! Take lots of pictures to share!
    ~Sara

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  55. Good for you sweet lady! Wow. Everyone needs to stand up for themselves and not let others walk all over us! I can't believe what your bosses said in reply to you quitting. I believe that one day they will get what is coming to them and I am so glad you're not in that type of environment anymore!

    and OMGOSH! YAY! You won't regret going to India because that is such a once in a lifetime kind of experience! Not many people get to travel the world or actually make their dreams come true like you are doing! Good for you! And Please...oh please be careful. After watching Taken and Slumdog, I can't help but be nervous for you! It's so sad that even with all the wonderful things in this world, there are just as much horrible things. :(

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  56. It sounds like your new year is off to an exciting start. When I went to India I bought my ticket on a whim also and promptly watched eat pray love while researching ashrams :) As it turns out the trip was much different than the book/movie, but it was amazing. I'll keep updated on your adventures here but feel free to e-mail me. I could talk about India for hours!

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  57. had to read over here before i made a comment on the last post to get the scooop. holy crap girl that is AMAZING!! what an awesome resolution & goodness an India trip sounds amazing!! how long will you be there? and for travel or work also? that sounds so so so so cool and wow, i cannot wait to hear about it. oh, and in case you needed some reaffirmation, we have thousands and thousands of debt from living abroad & agree w/ you, you have the rest of your life to just work in one place & can always pay it off later. (although travel/living abroad is the only thing i ever advocate goign into debt for : ).
    http://dusanabotswana.com

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  58. You you. Go. Girl! So, you better be leaving plenty of space in that bag for me cause I am comin with! Ha ha I wish;)

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  59. Oh what a beautiful skirt! That shade is lovely!
    Good luck on your trip to India...I know someone who did something similar, she booked tickets to a Buddhists retreat for a month or 3 maybe I think, she said it changed her life...I find people that take chances like that so inspiring, I might have to take a leaf out of your book
    xxxxxx

    http://segenswunsche.blogspot.co.uk/

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  60. I love that top! And good for you! I've definitely been there - one of the most terrifying and liberating moments of my life.

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  61. WOW! that is so awesome :) i wish i had your guts and girl power attitude! a trip to India sounds like a dream and I hope you enjoy every minute of it. This post is what every girl and person dreams about doing in their lifetime and I think you are so rad for quitting your job & truly living life. Your pretty outfit is just a cherry on top to the amazing story of this post! think of the stories and all the beautiful memories you'll make and be able to laugh,talk about, and share here and with family and friends<3... I wish you all the best :) and am excited for you & your future adventures! xxoo<3

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  62. All of your outfits are so gorgeous, but I am soooo in love with this one!! That top/dress is amazing and I love it with the pretty skirt.

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  63. this is what i'm planning to do in march and i'm already nervous about it (especially since my supervisor ACTUALLY begged me not to quit today, unprovoked)... still, it needs to be done! kudos :) (and india--exciting!!!)

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