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 ❤
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