Changing How We Worked

A year ago last month, Gaz quit his main job. While he has always worked from home (IT), it was pretty much still a 9-5 with meetings and working through the night a lot to keep on top of it, a lot of stress and responsibility, and the stress of trying to manage a tonne of conference calls with 3 homeschooled kids also in our small house! ⁣⁣

We were having wwoofers take care of the farm, Gaz was feeling so frustrated when he had so many days he couldn’t get outside at all, and I was increasingly stressed at not getting much of a break with the kids. We felt like we had moved to our dream home but didn’t have a lifestyle where we could enjoy it.

⁣⁣It was a super scary and hard decision to make, but after we had got used to living on a thrifty budget, built up my income a bit, and saved a little emergency fund, we decided that it had to go. ⁣⁣Even though the days of being able to have disposable income / save any money would be pretty much over, we decided that it was more important to have the lifestyle we want and trade a higher income for more flexibility and balance now, while the kids were young (I know it’s a huge privilege to have that choice and I’m so very grateful for his previous job and the start it gave us in being able to buy a house etc).

⁣⁣We earn about bang on 50 / 50 now between Gazs smaller IT clients and my eBay work, and get to spend time on our little farm which isnt exactly a money maker, but feels deeply purposeful to us. ⁣⁣There is no maternity leave for me, so i’m shoehorning bits of work when I can, its a juggle and an adjustment to managing our time between it all, and we are tightening our belts even more while we have a tiny one. Its a bit more of a hustle, for sure, but its one we are in together and gah it is so so worth it for moments like this, a different kind of abundance ❤A year ago last month, Gaz quit his main job. While he has always worked from home (IT), it was pretty much still a 9-5 with meetings and working through the night a lot to keep on top of it, a lot of stress and responsibility, and the stress of trying to manage a tonne of conference calls with 3 homeschooled kids also in our small house! ⁣ ⁣ We were having wwoofers take care of the farm, Gaz was feeling so frustrated when he had so many days he couldn’t get outside at all, and I was increasingly stressed at not getting much of a break with the kids. We felt like we had moved to our dream home but didn’t have a lifestyle where we could enjoy it. ⁣ ⁣ It was a super scary and hard decision to make, but after we had got used to living on a thrifty budget, built up my income a bit, and saved a little emergency fund, we decided that it had to go. ⁣ ⁣ Even though the days of being able to have disposable income / save any money would be pretty much over, we decided that it was more important to have the lifestyle we want and trade a higher income for more flexibility and balance now, while the kids were young (I know it’s a huge privilege to have that choice and I’m so very grateful for his previous job and the start it gave us in being able to buy a house etc). ⁣ ⁣ We earn about bang on 50 / 50 now between Gazs smaller IT clients and my eBay work, and get to spend time on @happyrootsfarmuk which isnt exactly a money maker, but feels deeply purposeful to us. ⁣ ⁣ There is no maternity leave for me, so i’m shoehorning bits work when I can, its a juggle and an adjustment to managing our time between it all, and we are tightening our belts even more while we have a tiny one. Its a bit more of a hustle, for sure, but its one we are in together and gah it is so so worth it for moments like this, a different kind of abundance ❤

Instagram filter used: Normal

View in Instagram ⇒

If you liked this post, please save or share 🙂Print this page
Print
Email this to someone
email
Tweet about this on Twitter
Twitter
Share on Facebook
Facebook
Pin on Pinterest
Pinterest
Share on StumbleUpon
StumbleUpon
Lifestyle
Tags :