I’m back… with very big news!

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

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[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…]

Yup.

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? :lol: 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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