Healthy and Sane

I’m back… with very big news!

October 31st, 2011 · 43 Comments · Uncategorized

Hi blog friends. Happy Halloween!! Are you celebrating?


[Having one of these babies for breakfast this morning is the extent of my celebration. Recipe coming up in the next post! Smile]

It was really amazing to take this much needed break from my mile-long to-do list. But I’m back. It feels great, really great, to be back!!

During the break I made sure to focus only on things that brought me joy. I spent hours reading books at night (and weekends). Hours watching tv (you knew that was coming, right?). And many more spending time with Adam, attending blog-related events (only the fun ones… like the Boston Brunchers anniversary brunch, dinner at Aragosta… pictures of those coming up soon on my Facebook page; and a rum tasting at a new local distillery… more on that soon too) and having drinks and dinners with family and friends.

Surprisingly, I also spent time cleaning (Adam will tell you not enough…but it was more than nothing) and organizing. I took the whole “dump the to-do list” mission seriously, so spending any time cleaning was pretty impressive. When I did, I actually had the urge to do it. Yup, miracles do happen.

I also rediscovered my love for (easy) running. Nothing crazy, just 3 milers on the treadmill. And lifting. It was fun to sleep-in on weekends and then on my own time (instead of the gym class schedule) do the workout that got me excited for the day. Good stuff.

Oh yeah… I also QUIT MY DAY JOB!!! Party smile [It may not be news to you if you’ve been following me on Facebook or Twitter…]


While I’ve been unhappy at my job for a few years now, I was not planning on doing it this soon. This is a very big decision as you can imagine. Adam and I have been budgeting for this day for a while but it seemed like without a concrete plan there was never a really good time to do this. And at the end of the day, no matter how prepared you are – fears can always make you question yourself. It’s easier to take the “safe route.” I had a very stable job that paid well. If I ever doubted my abilities at my profession, the response to my resignation reaffirmed just how valuable I was viewed to the team.

But. At the end of the day it is important to follow your heart. I know very deeply in my heart that Adam and I will be ok. More than ok actually. We’ll be good. And that my happiness will make our marriage and family stronger. Not the money (we won’t starve and we’ll have a roof over our heads with a big kitchen and a garage <—our 2 requirements in our next home).

I also very quickly learned that nothing is irreversible. I know that if nothing else, this will be a learning experience for me. I hope that by taking a break from office work, I will be able to finally discover myself… and maybe figure out what I want to do when I grow up. Winking smile It may be finance (and I have dozens of people willing to give me glowing recommendations and a standing offer to have my old job back, any time). It may be something else.

This was scary, I don’t want to undermine how gigantic this decision is (and how much planning and saving we’ve been doing for over a year). Don’t go telling your boss to f-off without being really ready for the consequences, k? 😆 But this break opened my eyes to what was really important to me. I was important to me. I’ve been feeling for a long time like I’ve been putting my life on hold, paralyzed by fear. I still don’t have a concrete plan for my future but we’ve budgeted for that.

I know we’ll have to overcome a lot of new challenges but I can tell you right now that I am incredibly happy. Like a giant weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I know our lifestyle will change completely but I’m ready for it. All of it.

So there you have it. I have one more week at my job and then I’m a free agent. I’ll definitely be spending more time on all things “Healthy and Sane” related and we’ll see what else (I’ve already accepted a volunteer position at Cooking Matters). The world is my oyster (whatever that means). BRING IT ON!!!!

PS – I have the best husband in the world. Just thought that’s worth mentioning Smile

What did I miss over the past 2 weeks??

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43 Comments so far ↓

  • #1 - Lauren @ Healthy Food For Living

    Congrats again… I’m sure you just cannot wait for this week to be over! What a weight lifted off your shoulders – hallelujah =).

  • #2 - Adrienne

    Yahoo! Congratulations, Elina. I can’t wait to see what you do next :)

  • #3 - Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    I am incredibly happy for you! What an amazing life change!

  • #4 - Tina

    I’m so happy for you! :)

  • #5 - Meg

    Congrats lady :) Happiness first, ALWAYS.

  • #6 - Emily

    Always follow your heart. Best of luck and congrats on your new volunteer position!

  • #7 - Emily @ A Cambridge Story

    Congrats! And nice to finally meet you in person at Megan’s!

  • #10 - MelissaNibbles

    Congrats! You’re lucky to be able to make this decision. Cheers to the future!

  • #11 - Michelle

    Congratulations! I made a similar career move this past year and it was well worth it. There are lots of ups and downs but I’m always here if you need a friend.

  • #12 - Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic

    Congrats Elina! That is very big news indeed and I’m really happy for you. Good luck with everything!! xo

  • #13 - Ranjani

    Congrats again, Elina! Very happy for you =)

  • #14 - Lizzy

    HUGE NEWS! YAY Elina! So happy for you and your new life- can’t wait to hear more about it : )

  • #15 - Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    Yes, looking forward to hearing about the journey from here. I know you were unhappy at work… seemed that way for quite a while. So happy for you!

  • #16 - Liz

    Congratulations!! What exciting news. Sometimes it’s good to play it safe with work, but I always think sometimes to be super successful (and happy!) people need to take risks…so I’m thrilled to hear this!

  • #17 - sarah@spinach and spice

    So glad you’re back.. It sounds like you’ve had a great break! It’s always important to follow your heart, not just your head. You sound so relieved and happy… we’re happy for you! I’m also excited that you’re getting involved in Cooking Matters. The Columbus chapter of Cooking Matters starts in January, and I’m hoping to volunteer with them! Keep us updated :)

  • #18 - Alaina

    Congrats Elina!! Hope that you have a great week!! :-)

  • #19 - Megan

    So happy you are following your heart! Great things are going to happen!!

  • #20 - Tara

    That is wonderful, congratulations. I as well, have been unhappy at my desk job and feel I need to do something to help others…although financially, we cannot afford that.
    You give me hope that soon I will be able to follow my heart and leave these stressfully painful work days behind!

    Good luck!!!

    • #21 - Elina

      It definitely takes a lot of planning. I wanted to make it very clear that it is a giant decision that should not be taken lightly. But I am sure it will be worth it. Good luck! I hope you can do the same or find fulfillment in what you’re currently doing (I tried for a long time but it just wasn’t working).

  • #22 - Jess

    Wow! Congratulations! Best of luck to you.

    I work for Cooking Matters in Massachusetts. I’ll be interested to hear more about your experiences!!


    • #23 - Elina

      That’s so cool, Jess. I’ll definitely plan on sharing my experience with the classes. I’ll be assisting in the East Boston classes over the next 8 weeks :)

  • #24 - Kelly

    Congrats! I was definitely NOT happy in my last job so I know what I relief it is to leave that chapter behind. I’ll be curious to see where you end up. I think navigating the workforce is a LOT more challenging than I was lead to believe in college. Sometimes you can be in the right industry, but at the wrong company, or sometimes you can be in the wrong field entirely.

    I will say one of the things that helped me out was really crystalizing what I valued and being willing to prioritize my wants and needs. Additionally, recognizing that I didn’t need to get EVERYTHING all from one job so relationships, hobbies, and the job could work together to help me find fulfillment.

  • #26 - shannon

    Great things are in store, I’m sure of it! Hopefully this week goes by quickly!

  • #27 - Andrea

    Good for you, Elina! I’ve been hearing more and more how important it is to do something you love, and it’s so great you’re taking this step. You have such a positive outlook, and I wish you all the best on your new adventure!

  • #28 - Bridget

    Yay again!! I’m so so happy for you!! Plus knowing you, I know you’ll be just fine :) Can’t wait to see how it all unfolds!

  • #29 - Elina

    Thank you all!!! You are amazing and I am honored to be a part of this community. I would never have realized how deep my passion for food and healthy (and sane!) living is without you!!!

  • #30 - natalie (the sweets life)

    congrats–this definitely sounds like the right move for you, simply evidenced by how at peace you seem with it! excited for you!

  • #31 - Corey

    Congratulations, Elena!! You’re obviously so happy and relieved to be following your heart to better things…I am really happy for you! :)

  • #32 - Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo)

    CONGRATS! I remember when I quit my job- best day ever!

  • #34 - Hillary Gras @ GRAS Pizza

    I know we’e never met in person but I’ve been an avid reader of your blog for almost 2 years now. I have to say that this is one of the more positive, confident and uplifting posts I have seen from you. How happy you are about your decision really shines through.

    It sounds like this has come at just the right time and I cannot wait to see where this takes Healthy and Sane!

    Cheers to you and this wonderful new chapter of your life!!!

  • #35 - Daisy

    congrats again my friend! you are quite an inspiration! it was great to read this post!! :)

  • #36 - Laura

    It’s great that you were able to conquer the paralyzing fears of the “what-ifs” and actually took control of your happiness. People who take risks are always more successful than those who remain stagnant and complacent.

    I’m sure great things are in your future!

  • #37 - Lauren

    Congratulations! Seems like an awesome move on your part. I’ve gathered from reading that your job was a major source of stress – hopefully now you can find your happy place. I look forward to more great posts, especially recipes. You’re always an inspiration!

  • #38 - Taryn

    What a big and exciting decision! I think about making the same decision often but it’s scary, so I’m glad to know that it’s possible and there actually is life after an uninspired desk job. Good luck with it all!

  • #39 - Amy

    I am so excited for you! I am looking at going back to school next year. If I get in I don’t know that I have ANY interest in going back to office life. Reading about others who have taken the leap, whether to take some time off, leave an unhappy job situation, travel the world, work for themselves, etc… all continue to inspire me. I am still stuck in that whirlpool of fear, but if I don’t get in to school then I am going to look to amazing people like yourselves to start my own “Escape the Cubicle” plan. Good luck! I look forward to hopefully reading about this adventure on your blog. And thank you for being an inspiration!

  • #40 - Kerstin

    Yay, so excited for you and can’t wait to see what lies ahead!!!

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