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Apr052010

To Quit or Not To Quit?

Location: 2nd floor cube, San Francisco

I'm back at work (in theory, anyway). Here I am, sitting at my cube, wondering what the hell I used to do with my days... and more importantly, why I used to do it.

For weeks, I've been doing some soul searching, trying to decide whether I ought to just quit. It's not like I have another job lined up. But now is the time to make a break, and do something different. We spent two months exploring a new lifestyle, one where we travel and live in the moment... and it's not an easy lifestyle to forget. I can't simply go back to how things used to be. Nor do I want to.

But to just quit... it's terrifying. What would I do with my days? I know I want to continue writing. I love keeping my blog, and if I quit, I'll actually get to have more life experiences that are worth blogging about. I've also been working more on my book. I've been writing far more than I've actually posted here.

At the same time, Steve and I have determined we want to live the life. We want to own property in beautiful places around the world, places we'll get to restore, manage, rent and visit, living at our own pace. And if we're seriously going to start investing in and managing real estate, it makes a lot of sense for me to get licensed, or at least become far more knowledgeable about real estate overall.

When I think about what I want to do with my days, and what I enjoy, I know I want to have intellectual challenges (the writing) while at the same time, work with people and do something tangible (real estate). After months of trying to balance seemingly opposing desires, I have discovered that they actually might just match up together.

This morning I told my boss I wasn't *really* back, despite my physical presence at the office. It's not yet official news, or public, so I can't yet actually publish this post. But I'm sitting at my cube, brimming with excitement to get on with the next phase of my life, wondering what the hell I am doing sitting at this desk. The good news is that after agonizing over the decision - I mean, really, really agonizing, you can ask Steve who had to sit through it all - now that it's in motion, I am beyond excited to move on. I have great friends here, and it's been wonderful seeing them and catching up, but ultimately, it's time for a change.

UPDATE As of April 7th

It's finally official. No need to keep it under my hat anymore. I've quit. My last day is April 20th. What happens on April 21st? We shall see... At the very least, what happens on that day will be my decision and what I want to do.

 

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Reader Comments (2)

You are brave! I only wish I could do the same!

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterParvaneh

to quote an ancestor: "In today already walks tomorrow." You'll be fabulous. No regrets.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

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