This past week we were really nervous because we knew we had to actually tell our employers that we were quitting. I wasn’t nervous because I doubted the decision or because I wasn’t 100% certain that this was the right thing to do. I’ve run the numbers a hundred times and I know we are ready for this.
Most of my anxiety was related to trying to explain what I am doing. I thought about this for a long time and I had decided that I would not give the “real story”. I should have shared the full story but I decided to downplay it because I didn’t want to face a million questions from my co workers, managers etc. I didn’t know how they would accept my “I’m quitting to become a full time parent and don’t really plan on working 9-5 ever again”. I feel like that would make me sound too “braggy”.
I guess I’m too modest. So I told everyone that I am moving to another city to be closer to family and taking a bit of time off to focus on my kids. I said that I had “business opportunities” that I would be pursuing. Because I could’t just say “not going to work”. I don’t mind sharing my plan and story with friends and family but I didn’t want to answer all my coworkers questions of “how will you support your family?”, “what will you do with your time?”, “how did you save up enough money to not work?”
I guess I wasn’t lying. I do plan on pursuing business opportunities. But the fact is, I downplayed the real and true story here. That I am quitting the traditional work lifestyle to be a full time parent and husband. Work/ business opportunities/ side projects might fit into this lifestyle but won’t be the major component. Income and basic needs will already be taken care of.
I gave my company plenty of notice and they were very appreciative. Overall, everyone was very happy for me and has wished me well. Going into this announcement I was really nervous. I thought it was going to be an awkward and difficult conversation. For those fearing this same announcement, I am proud to say that it was way way way easier than I expected! I was expecting it to be a 9.5 on a scale of 1-10 but it turned out to be a 5.
So anyhow, we are now within 30 days of our last day and our moving date. We are super exited and counting down every day. These last few weeks we also finalized and booked all the details for our first family retirement trip. We will be camping across Eastern Canada and the US throughout the month of July. We booked 27 nights of campsites and will visit all the Eastern provinces (including Newfoundland) and then we will drive back thought Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, NY. We are staying almost exclusively at National Parks. All our reservations including ferry costs were covered by credit card points. We also plan on using all our accumulated Air Miles to pay for all the gas along the way. So other than the wear & tear on the car, this trip will cost us nothing.
Stay tuned for a more detailed post and updates on this East Coast trip.