Okay, so it didn’t go quite like that. But I did quit my job. Last Friday was my final day.
It wasn’t a sudden decision. I had been planning to leave for months. A change in company ownership created a new atmosphere in which I didn’t care to participate. But the reasons I left aren’t nearly as important as the circumstances that allowed me to make the leap.
If you’ve been following along for awhile, you probably know what I’m about to say.
Not having consumer debt and living a moderately minimalist lifestyle is completely to credit for my being able to leave a job that was no longer a good fit for me. Without the confines of consumer debt payments, I don’t need as much income.
This isn’t to say that I won’t still be earning income, because I will. Just not the traditional salaried way. I have enough freelance work to keep me busy for months. And if I decide to pursue traditional work down the road, I can do that too!
Leaving a salaried job for the great unknown might sound crazy to some of you, but I have some great reasons for making the leap. The following three reasons I decided to part ways with my full-time job are the most important:
- For several years Kirk and I worked hard, paid off consumer debts and saved up a nice financial cushion. One of the primary reasons we did this was to create more freedom in our working lives.
- I have a two and a half year old little boy that will never be two and half again. Having been through this once before with my older son, I know how fleeting this before-school age is and that I can never get this time back. I’ve chosen to arrange my life in a way that will allow me to continue to spend as much time as possible with my sweet little boy before he’s off to school.
- I want to spend my time working on projects that I love, with people I love. While I won’t always get both, I have a great opportunity to choose clients and work I feel good about.
So what does this mean for things here at markoaten?
More of the same, really. I plan to continue to write here as I have, but my perspective on things will likely continue to shift as I experience life from a new angle. It should be an interesting life experiment. I love to shake things up every now and again.
Thank you so much to all of you that have taken this ride with me so far. I’m looking forward to sharing with you all of the new challenges and successes this life change might bring!