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  1. #11
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    Dec 2009
    Quote Originally Posted by Moxy View Post
    I guess you could say I did. I went from a 6 figure salary in a job I used to love to being a SAHM. Complete career change and I also don't get paid anything for it! I found the job didn't suit me anymore when I went back after being on maternity leave. I didn't have the passion and drive I needed to work to my best ability and I hated that I was only really doing a half ar$ed job when I was there. I had managed people like that and knew it was in my (and the company's) best interests to leave. I was starting to resent my job and was incredibly anxious and in tears on the way home from work most nights. I didn't sleep well on work nights because I'd be consumed with sadness about having to go in the next day.

    We now have a different lifestyle (no 5 star hotels, restaurants or holidays for us!) but I am so much happier and more content. I have zero work stress and can put all my energy into my son (and soon to be born second child) which is perfect for me.

    I don't miss work at all.

    I miss the lifestyle our combined salaries afforded us but TBH, with children, those luxuries were becoming few and far between anyway because of time, tiredness and the desire to be with our son.

    Best decision I ever made was to quit.
    Hi Moxy,

    I know if has been quite some time since you posted this (and it's been ages since I have been on this forum as well), but just wondering how you are getting on now?

    Mainly as reading your post was like a mirror to myself. I used to love my job pre kids, used to go in early, stay back late and feeling like I was really getting results, but now it's just causing me anxiety and I feel like I am not doing a good enough job (always seem to be behind, forgetting to do things at times, and basically really beating myself up about it). I manage people too and dealing with their crap whilst trying to deal with my own issues is really taking its toll.

    My youngest is 2.5 years old and I have been back at work for 2 years now. The anxiety I am feeling about work is spilling over to home, as I feel I am not doing any good with my kids either.

    I know I could not go back to being a SAHM for a couple of reasons - firstly I want to work and secondly, I earn over twice as much as my husband does so it makes sense for him to be a SAHD. We've entertained the idea of me stepping down, but this would involve a move to the other side of the state where we could buy a cheaper house and therefore have no mortgage. Once my youngest is at school, my husband can potentially go back to work, but that's 3 years away and in the meantime I am miserable.

    I'd love to hear from anyone who did this and how it worked out.



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    I think I'm going to do this. Ive worked really hard over 15 years to establish my career and now I just don't care about it anymore. I'm going overseas to present at a conference because the opportunity was just too good, but honestly my hearts not in it and I can't wait for it to be over - the work part anyway, looking forward to a bit of sight seeing. My plan has is to have another baby and open my own business whilst on family leave. My career is my insurance policy if it all goes belly up. I'm reading the Icarus deception as the moment to inspire me to take the risk. I figure family leave is as great time to give something else a go, I know I will regret it if I don't.

  3. #13
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    Jun 2012
    I worked fairly hard to get to where I was in life, I was at the doorway of great career opportunities...... and I QUIT!

    I used to suffer mild anxiety related problems such as IBS and sleep issues. They have gone since I left my office job.

    One day DH and I just decided it was time for a change. We love the country, so we upped and left the city, leaving behind our careers that we had both worked so hard for.

    I now do work from home, in the same industry, but not nearly as high of a paying position. I am lucky to still be able to utilise my experience to earn an income, but life is certainly harder now as DH hasn't been able to secure a decent position.

    Although we now count pennies (instead of spend them!), and struggle some weeks - we wouldn't change it for the world. We are happier people now. It is true when they say, money doesn't buy happiness! Yes, money certainly makes life easier, but I personally find that my stress levels have reduced and I enjoy life more these days


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