How I Lost my Job on Purpose
I quit my job two weeks ago.
I didn’t quit my job because I hated what I was doing. I didn’t quit my job because I wasn’t making great money. I didn’t quit my job because I wasn’t good at it.
I quit my job because I wanted to do something else more. I quit my job because I missed my family. I quit my job because time is more important to me than money.
Here are a few other things that are more important than money
While I am 10% concerned that I won’t be receiving a regular paycheck, I am 100% confident that I made the right decision. It’s only been a few days, and I feel different. I feel better. I feel free.
While I don’t think you have to quit your job, some of you may be interested to know more about how it happened for me. I’ve prepared a little Q&A and welcome other questions anytime.
- When did you know you wanted to quit your job? From the moment I received a comment on this site, I knew I wanted to have more time to write and connect with people like you.
- Did becoming debt free help you make the decision? Absolutely. It was essential for us to be debt free first. It took consistent budgeting and a commitment to spend less. It didn’t happen overnight, but it was worth the wait.
- I didn’t even know you had a job! What did you do? I never wrote about my job, because it had nothing to do with this blog or the message I wanted to convey. I worked for a magazine group in marketing and advertising for the last 7 years.
- What will you do if you can’t make money doing what you want to do? I’ll get another job or do whatever it takes to help support my family.
- What are you most looking forward to in unemployment? Working with 4 clients instead of 400. Tossing my to-do list. Learning to speak Spanish. Yoga classes (during the daytime). Making lunch for my daughter. Writing during the week instead of just nights & weekends. Traveling with my husband on business trips. Collaborating. Creating. Contributing. Oh, and doing laundry and household stuff whenever I want, instead of saving it for the weekend.
- Are you going to start writing about “how to quit your day job” Oh no, I have too much to tell you about simplicity and living life on purpose. While my point of reference may be slightly different, this blog will remain the same. I have started to write about simplicity in business because I think it’s so important, but on a separate site. If that is important to you, please subscribe.
- How will you make money? I’ll make money by doing things that I care about. I have some exciting projects underway and look forward to telling you more about them soon. My income will come from consulting, writing and speaking, along with photography & other creative projects.
I quit my job to do meaningful work. Through simplicity and a desire to live with less, I was able to quit my job without disrupting my family. I know I am in the honeymoon phase of being self employed but I am ready for the challenge. I am ready for the unknown. I am ready to say yes to things I care about, and no to the things that don’t matter. I have had so much help and support in making this decision. My friends and family have been incredible, and you have made all the difference. You let me know that my message is important and this work is my calling. Thank you.
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