I quit my day job!

Eight weeks ago after nearly ten years of working for the same employer, I handed in my notice without another job to go to!  I am now a full time mummy/ blogger and I couldn’t be happier!  It isn’t easy to say no to a good stable salary in times of economic hardship but I have come to the following realisations in the last few weeks and months.
  • My health and happiness are far more important to me than the security of a steady paycheck.
  • I am ready to take some risks in order to live the life of my dreams (I know – it sounds really cheesy, but that is genuinely what I feel I am now about to do)
  • It is very important to have a mix of income streams and savings.
In the last few months I have been very unhappy at work but didn’t feel I could leave.  Even though I have been writing this blog for over a year now and found countless ways to reduce our expenditure, I wasn’t really sure that we would be ok if I wasn’t working.

In the past I would have just looked for a new job, however I don’t want a new job I want a change in lifestyle.  I want to be there for my kids while they are still young, rather than getting home late, tired and stressed three days a week.  I want to have enough time to make all our food and other things we need from scratch where practical.  I want to have the time to think about how to make our lives greener, healthier and fun on a daily basis, to live it and to write about it all on my blog.

I decided it was time to make and take responsibility for my own choices as well accept the consequences whatever they may be and chose to hand my notice in. 

Although I have taken some risks, this is actually a very good time in life for me to make this decision.  I have the following things in my favour:
  • I have a spare unused room
  • I have a garage filled with junk
  • I have been writing this blog for over a year now
  • We invested in solar panels when feed-in-tarriffs were high
All of the above can provide us with income – we plan to rent a room to students, rent out our garage, sell our junk, are already getting an income from the solar panels and I am starting to make a little bit of money from this blog.  We also have savings in the bank in case of emergency and I know how to cuts costs in every area without compromising on my principles! 

What is done is done, but I think what is really exciting is what is to come!

Have you ever quit your job without another job to go to?  I would love to hear how it worked out for you!

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