People spend more than 1/3 of their day either at work or getting to and from work. And in some cases it’s more than 1/2 of their day! That is way too much time to spend doing something that you don’t enjoy or that makes you miserable. Not to mention how bad the stress and aggravation can be for your health (high blood pressure, anxiety, sleep disorders, heart disease, the list goes on and on). I’ve already talked about how riding the bus has made a huge difference, but sometimes people don’t have as much control over their jobs/careers/means of support.
I am one of the more fortunate ones. I didn’t like what I was doing or the environment that I was doing it in…So after eight years of waiting until I vested in my retirement benefits I made a change, effective Monday. I am lucky enough to not only have an abundance of opportunities available as a result of my skill-set, but to be able to stay with my current company and continue to work towards retirement. Knowing that I don’t have to go back to that situation again makes me feel like I can breathe again.
I did take a pay cut, and people called me crazy. But it was worth it to me. I made the choice that my sanity and well-being of not only myself, but my family, were more important than the income that I would lose. I can honestly say that I have not once looked back and/or regretted my decision. I’m doing something that I love and doing it in a stress-free environment that has completely helped me alter my lifestyle back to a healthy and happy one. And people have taken notice.