Monday, April 25, 2016

Benefits of Leaving the Rat Race

I won't lie. Sometimes I do miss my day job. Ok, that was a lie. But the rest of this post is 100% truth. I promise.

When I first retired (at 42) from my regular job, my plan was to work part time as a substitute teacher and have free time to travel to wherever DH was working. (He's on the road for his work and usually gone 2-3 weeks at a time. His time at home is usually 3 days and then he is back on the road.) That plan quickly fizzled out when, first, DH's grandmother and then his mother came to live with us (me) due to health issues. After they left, DH was off work for several months for neck surgery. By the time he returned to work, his mother's, my mother's and my grandmother's health issues were taking up more time. Needless to say, the school wasn't interested in a substitute who was always turning down work so the calls stopped coming. Since I was stuck at home so much, I started learning more about homesteading and sustainability and trying out new things- adding chickens, rabbits, goats, gardening etc...

I really don't miss my day job- I have lots of work to do here at home and some added benefits I never had in the "regular workforce."

For starters: A view! I worked 10 years in a high school classroom that didn't have windows. Now I can look outside anytime I want to!

 Investments! I pick my "stock" and watch it closely.


On-site day care! The only person taking care of my littles is me!

A flexible schedule! Sure the rooster crows every morning but who cares if I show up to work in my jammies? I can get dressed when I want!

All you can eat salad bar! Or whatever else I want to eat. No more cafeteria food, the menu is what I make it.


Dirt! At some point in every job you have to get down to the nitty-gritty. At the end of the day, though, the dirt on my hands is mine!

There's more, but that's enough to soak up for now. If you're wondering about the financial losses let me share this: I no longer have to keep up a professional wardrobe. I don't have a daily gas expense. There are no more last minute expensive food runs because I don't have time to cook a more economical meal. I have time to shop for bargains and actually read the sale flyers. Gone is the dry cleaning bill. My health insurance is on DH's employment plan. I don't miss one cent of the lost income.

6 comments:

  1. Sounds like some awesome benefits indeed :)

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    1. Indeed! Better than a free Christmas turkey!

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  2. I gave up paid employment 2 years ago, closing my shop and fleeing the rat race, to start with I was going to keep the shop going had a good managment team and was visiting once a month, after that first monthly visit I couldnt wait to get home hated staying away I then decided yep the shop is going to close, I took on a little freelance job here as a way to get to know people, hubby is away through the week working, after a short while I soon resented the job being away from the smallholding so gave it up, now I please myself I have a craft stall once a month in the village I make and sell my wares, I dress how I like eat what I like talk to the animals, veggies and chooks, sing shout dance sit and admire the view, love it and nothing would make me go back, I earn enough at my stall and through a few orders to get things I want for the small holding, animal feeds are covered from the sale of eggs and honey, hubby earns enough to cover all the major bills and have some left over, next year he is giving up his job as he wants to be here full time as well, its a great life not for everyone but suits us just fine :-)

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    1. Working at living! Sounds so much better than living at work in my opinion!

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  3. As Ralph notes he is working harder than he ever did at his 'Real' jobs but is the happiest he has ever been. We shop for groceries once a month, no driving to work and spending tons on gas. People need to reevaluate and seriously look at simple.

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    1. It might not be for everyone but I believe a lot of people would be much happier if they weren't slaves to the dollar.

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