After 7 years of working as an Accounts Receivable Specialist for a fire-security company, the end is near.
I gave my resignation!!
December 27th will be my last full day, with some part-time days thrown in January… until I leave for good that month.
I’ve decided to take the leap of faith, so to speak, and to pursue teaching piano!
I’m sure this topic will come up a lot in the upcoming months, as my life is about to change drastically. Obviously, budgeting is going to be extremely strict in the very near future (although we’ve been practicing a strict budget for months now in preparation). And I’m actually going to have free time pretty soon!
Wait, what’s that??
I guess the one thing that I should mention up front is that this decision was not one motivated by financial gain. I didn’t quit my job to pursue teaching with the belief that I’ll be bringing in the amount of money I am currently bringing in from my A/R position. Because if that ever happens, it will be a very long time from now.
To be completely honest, I’m giving up a decent chunk of money. A very, decent chunk.
I’m doing this solely and completely for family.
I actually knew, from the day I said “I do” to Nate on our wedding day, that I wanted to be a stay-at-home mom someday if we could make it work. These days, I come home really tired and rather stressed, and I honestly feel as though I couldn’t be the best mom possible if I’m working 40 hours every week. (Now don’t get me wrong, I am not — for one second — coming down on moms who do work. Everyone has to make the decision they feel is best, and I also know many women who have to work). But for me, I just know that I don’t know how to give 50%. I always give 100%; and so when I’m committed to a career, that means my family gets less of me. They get the tired, stress version of me.
So for the past five years, Nate and I have done our best to prepare for living on one salary (which isn’t easy in a society that pretty much does require both parents to work). We’ve paid off the cars, paid off our school loans, refinanced the house, and put together a pretty specific budget so that we know exactly how much money we need to live. We’ve just really tried to be careful with our spending…
(I mean, we don’t even own smart phones, that’s how cheap we are!). 🙂
And although it will be tight, we know that we can live off of Nate’s salary, while I work part-time for the next few years.
The thing about starting my own little business, as apposed to working a retail job, is that it will require hard work and time. So with Nate’s support, I decided to give my resignation now, even though I’m not pregnant. By working at it now, we’re hoping that I can get a comfortable amount of students lined up to be my part-time job! (Also, since I don’t have kids yet, I have time to pour into the preparation, so it’s easier in the long run to begin this journey now).
And… and… and… I’m loving every minute of this preparation to be honest. I’m such a music nerd! I get so excited every night, when I get to sit down and just pour over music theory books. Ha, ha.
Yes, money will be much tighter than it has been. And jumping into this is a little scary, because who in their right mind gives up a good salary. 😉 But to me, it will be worth it. And exciting! Because I know that although I might not be able to buy my future kids all kinds of fancy stuff, I know that they will have a childhood in which their mom is there for them. Just like my childhood. And I can tell you that I wouldn’t change having grown up with a stay-at-home mom for all the stuff in the world!
It was the most amazing experience ever.
Besides, I’ll be doing something that I’m passionate about! I’ll be sharing my love of music with kids!! And if all goes well, piano teaching may even turn into a full-time job in the future, when I’m ready for that again.
Hey, you can’t know unless you try, right??
Bring on the next chapter of my life. I’m ready for it! 🙂