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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Comments

  1. Congrats on your bravery! I am in the winding down process myself for quitting my job without another to go to. Sometimes your sanity has to come first!

  2. Zoe

    Thanks – good luck with your mission Yes, I Am Cheap!

  3. Good for you.
    Yes a job I loved but the boss was a bully.
    My husband was working and I figured I wasn't earning enough to warrant the upset.
    Best of luck with it all.

  4. Yes I quit my job of 9 years in June with no fixed plans, and to spend the summer with my kids. I wanted to refocus my life on my actual priorities instead of being swept along by the momentum of obligation. And it has been brilliant, energising and I feel more capable. I'm now studying and volunteering with a temporary part time job – busier than I was before, feeling more myself. I think your decision is bold and brill and I wish you every success on creating the life you want!

  5. That's great! I'm a big believer that time is more important than money. I've never actually left one job without another to go to, but have been lucky to find the right job at the right time when I needed to. I 'downsized' to a less wellpaid and less stressful part-time job 8 years ago when my kids were tiny, and can't imagine 'upsizing' again! Lots of best wishes for this new phase of your life Zoe! x

  6. Zoe

    Hi Adele! Thanks so much for your comment. Really glad quitting your job has worked out well for you!

  7. Zoe

    I agree Everyday Life on a Shoestring – money isn't everything!

  8. Congratulations on that! I hope everything will work out for you with your new ideas, plans and projects! Wish you all the best!

  9. Great news Zoe and congratulations. I can't imagine you'll veer look back! Thank you so much for sharing this with us at Seasonal Celebration Sunday! Rebecca x

  10. YES!!!!
    Well done you so pleased for you and so proud of you, you can do this (if you need any support just shout up !) Becky xxx

  11. Zoe

    Thanks Becky – that's really kind of you! Thanks for inspiring me right from the beginning!

  12. Yeay! Follow your heart & live life. You can always pick up some bits of freelance work in your field if times get tough.

  13. Zoe

    Thanks Rebecca from Natural Mothers Network and Monika!

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