What if you could give up your day job to follow your dream?
Perhaps you’ve always wanted to do something creative, but life with its responsibilities has got in the way. You have a steady job, a salary and a pension to look forward to, and you’d be mad to give that up – wouldn’t you?
But full-time work crowds everything else out of your life. You have no time for creativity or even for family or friends. Half the time, you can’t even think straight.
Perhaps you try to do what you really care about in your spare time. But it’s not enough. Dreams are hard to achieve; they require undivided attention. The only way you can have the life you want is to give up the day job, and with it your salary, security, day-to-day companionship and the job title that defines you. All to pursue a dream that most people won’t understand.
That’s what I’m about to do.
In early February I will be giving up being Managing Editor of a very successful publishing company to try to become a writer.
How can I do this with a mortgage, bills to pay and one of my two sons still at university? In case you’re wondering, I don’t have a fabulously high earning spouse and we haven’t won the lottery.
I believe that many of us could break out of our shackles and pursue our real goals if we could just learn to live on less.
A few years ago, my husband, Jon, stepped down from being Deputy Head of his primary school when stress made him ill. While he recovered and went back to being a class teacher, I threw myself into trying out money saving tips, and discovered a passion for it.
We were earning much less than before, but we were a hundred percent happier.
What if economising isn’t a chore that enchains you? What if it’s the key to the life you want?
I am about to discover if this is true. I might fall flat on my face and end up searching for another salary, in a difficult job market, at the age of 51. But I might end up doing what I’ve wanted to do since I was 5 – what I’ve always felt I was put on this earth to do. I might become a published writer.
Come with me for the journey as I put the ‘Out of Office’ sign up forever. You’ll learn some great money saving tips. You might even be inspired to follow a dream of your own.