After years of agonizing I finally did it. I quit my job without anything else lined up. Well, kind of. You see, I did not leave my job to move on to another 9-to-5 career. Some may think I’m crazy, but I’m trying to create my own path. There are just too many opportunities out there today for someone with determination and an internet connection.
Upon handing in my resignation, my company offered me the opportunity to move to part-time hours to help keep things running and also transition in a new person when they hire them. As tempting as it was to make a clean break, it does help to have a definite job for bit. I will be working there for 20 hours a week until the transition is completed, but with the speed business moves (especially hiring someone new), I think this will last at least through the end of the year and probably into next.
I won’t be doing this alone. I will be joined by my wife, C.C., who also finds herself at a crossroads. We’re both 28, a few years removed from college, and not buying into the conventional life. We’ve determined that now is the time to take a shot at creating a less ordinary life for ourselves.
What are we doing?
We will be taking on work that will allow us the flexibility get out and experience life more. At first this will entail part time and temp jobs to fill in the gaps. We will continue to also build upon our freelance and marketing work online with the idea of moving over to them full-time eventually. We will also be cutting back on unnecessary expenses and material items. Having less (getting rid of distractions and unnecessary material items) and getting out more is a large part of our goal here.
We want to experience all life has to offer right now and not delay really living until some far off retirement date that may never come.
That’s why we’ve decided to take this drastic step. However, for us it doesn’t feel that drastic at all. Many will have trouble understanding it, but there are a growing number of people who do get it.
We will be joining a trend of mostly young, internet savvy folks who are shunning the corporate lifestyle in favor of working for themselves with the help of the internet. But more than that, they are living a mobile lifestyle that allows them to work from literally anywhere in the world and on their own schedule.
It is a risk, but one worth taking. I am giving up a decent paying, secure job with good benefits. I’ll admit that I am nervous. However, I am more excited than anything. I’ve wanted to strike out on my own for years now, and the internet of today is going to allow me to do so. I’m one that really feels you need to listen to your instincts, and that in your heart you know what you have to do and what is right for you. This is what I feel like I have to do.
The Ordinary Escape
So in conjunction with the life change we are embarking on, we have also started this website as a way to chronicle our journey and hopefully provide some inspiration to anyone else considering doing something similar.
This is more then a just career change; this is a lifestyle/philosophy change. We’ve lived in our comfort zones for too long and are making a commitment to escaping the ordinary life. Our goal is to get out more, have new experiences, and travel- anything we do will be a means to those ends. That will mean working for ourselves to be fulfilled and to allow us the flexibility to take off when we want. That will mean spending money on travel and experiences rather then just piling up more unneeded material things.
We are prepared to do what it takes to have the life we want.
I don’t know what lies ahead for us as we start down this path. But, I do know that this is just something we have to try. We’ve gotten tired of being part of those who always talk about what they want to do but never do it. We’re going to do it.