Datsusara = to leave the corporate worker’s life.

After 17 years with DuPont, I’d decided to quit my job. After months of deliberation, making that final decision was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. In making it official, my resignation letter was simple and to the point.

Dear Mat,

 Please accept this letter as a formal notification that I am resigning from my position as Licensing Manager with DuPont. My last day will be July 31, 2015. The reason for my resignation is that I have decided to take some time away from work to travel full time for a year. I have greatly enjoyed my time at DuPont and am truly thankful for the opportunities I have had for the past 17 years.

 Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to aid during the transition. I wish your group continued success, and I hope to stay in touch in the future.




“I am rather sad, but you sound happy,” said Mat, when we next spoke. “Yes, I am!” I said, almost screaming out the words. My excitement was unmistakable, but what I felt most was a sense of relief. Relieved, that after months of agonizing over the relative pros and cons, I’d finally made a decision.

As we talked, I felt a surge of energy and my heart quickened with a rush of adrenaline. Walking out on a job that I’d loved and that had come to define me was disheartening, but empowering. Giving up my paycheck and employee benefits for the prospect of change was frightening, but liberating.

Only time will tell if it was a right decision or not. For now, I am excited about what the future holds for me.