I am torn right now on what I want to do with my life. I work in retail as an assistant manager. I am so burnt out on it. I have to work 44 hours a week minimum, have crazy customers more times than not, and I just don't feel it is what I want to do with my life. Everyday I wake up and do not look forward to going in. I'm tired of not getting off work until either 7 or 9:30pm and forget having any holidays off. I am supposed to be working towards taking over my own store, but that would require way more hours. I honestly don't want the responsibility. PLUS, I'm selling a product (Clarks Shoes, all leather) that I don't promote and feel bad about it now that I am living this lifestyle. I'm thinking about just working two part time jobs with better hours. I really want to work at the zoo and a garden center, haha. These would not pay me nearly as well and I would lose my benefits/health insurance. However, is it worth it to live a happier more fulfilled life? To have time to do things that I actually enjoy? What would you do??
It is up to you to make yourself happy and you need to make that happen. To me, time is far more valuable than money. A stress-free, positive life where you actually enjoy your work and get fullfilment is priceless.
We have always sacrificed money and things so that we could be rich in other ways. mostly so that our children would not need child care. Its hard I will say, sometimes it has been painfully difficult, but our kids are turningout great so we keep plugging. Right now my husbanc is unemployed and is going to Institute For Itegrative Nutrition to become a health coach. I wourk part time on weekends for the great benefits and he works during the week (when working). You'll find gobs of peeps here in the same boat.
really understand your defonition of happiness and a fulfilled life. then make your decision.
I recommend it. Hell, I did it! I was also a retail manager. I made a really good living, but the stress was too much. I went from living in a big city to living in the mountains in a very small town. I found the peace I was looking for. And with that peace came the healing I wanted so badly. I would never go back to such an insane lifestyle. Life is way too short to just waste it on the pursuit of money. Remember, you can't take it with you!
i used to be a cocktail waitress at a really popular bar. it paid really well. i don't make half as much now, and sometimes i miss the money. it seems like so long ago though, that i forget how hard it was, or draining. it was my whole life basically, and that's why i quit. i think about it more, and it's not even that i wouldn't WANT to do that now, but my life is so different now that i don't think that i COULD. it's already in your head though, so you will just get more and more miserable unless you find something else if you are anything like me that is.
i would take a pay cut for happiness. In your situation I'd probably try to reduce my living expenses for a couple months and save as much money as possible, while planning my escape.
Without a doubt. I went from having a really good paying profession to basically being a bum.
No stress in my life and I get to do what I want each and everyday :)
I also reduced my expenses to nearly nothing as well :P
yes i have seen your blog and love it! you are truly an inspiration Derek :)
right on Britt! thanks :)
I'd say yes, if it's that much of a burden, and if I could afford the pay cut.
Life is too short to do something that makes you unhappy.
Definately! I'm doing my undergrad at University of Victoria right now and I was originally planning on going to medical school, and ofcourse doctors make a great living, but I've changed my direction now and I'm going into Naturopathic Medicine! Couldn't be happier about the decision :)
I would take a pay cut for happiness, in fact I have been considering it for a few months now. I just need to take action on the idea.
Follow your heart when it comes to your career, you will be happier in the long run.