This is updated. I had some emails inquiring about more details. Updates are in all caps.
I did it, I quit my job. I will begin my new job in less than 2 weeks. It's scary jumping ship and I am having a lot of anxiety. I hope this all works out. It's going to be a lot more work and more accountability. I'm always so nervous about change.
Quitting was more emotional than I thought it would be. My bosses were shocked. It was crazy. My male boss (direct supervisor) called me in tears. It made me so sad and I got all choked up. He did ask me to change my mind and stay. It was crazy and sad. What a mess. This place can be a circus, so I guess that's what I should've expected. My female boss was a little more angry, at first, but she sort of reigned it in and has been being nice. I also left my assistant a card and some cash and she called me in tears, too. Otherwise, everyone has been nice and supportive about the change. MY BOSS DID OFFER TO MEET THE SALARY OFFERED BY THE NEW FIRM. HE ALSO SAID HE WOULD WORK ON GETTING A RETIREMENT PLAN. I TURNED HIM DOWN BECAUSE I ALREADY HAD THOSE BENEFITS WITH THE NEW FIRM AND HE DID NOT OFFER ME ANYTHING EXTRA. ALSO HE LIES A LOT SO I'M NOT CONVINCED THAT HIS PROMISES WOULD COME TO FRUITION.
I have already received most of the equipment for my new job: monitors, computer, wifi booster, webcam, etc. I ordered a new desk and still have not received all of the parts necessary to put it together (I hate assembling furniture). This has been a super frustrating process, but it was $1,500 cheaper than purchasing an almost identical desk from a furniture store. I have a brand new office chair and some office organizers.
I have a friend who is also in the running for a new job with a $45k or so pay increase so please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. She is the most deserving and loving person. I really hope she gets the job.
I'm super ready to start my new job and make more money. Come on, early retirement!