“How do you feel after you have quit your full-time job? Can you cope with your new lifestyle?” These are the most common questions that my friends ask me after I have quit my full-time job. I am not surprised when they ask me that because I used to be very workaholic to many of my friends. Honestly, I went through a transition period. At early stage, I was excited because I have more time for myself and my family, especially my kids. I rewrite a new schedule, i.e. breakfast with my kids, send them to school, manage house chores, manage my small online business etc. There are so many things to do daily. I wasn’t bored.
However, I noticed that I struggle when there are some head hunters calling me for new job opportunity with attractive remuneration package offered. The situation gets worse when I need to fill in any application form. I have no idea what I shall fill under “occupation”. Housewife? Home maker? Stay at home mom? In addition, my lifestyle must adjust according to the new financial condition. Savings become more important in this stage. I struggled.
Guess what? It is all right if you need to go through a transition period for any changes made. It is important to acknowledge the feeling and changes made. I decided to move on with my new lifestyle. I noticed the root of the problem is “me, myself”. One of my friends rightfully pointed out that “this is your life! Unlike working a full-time job, there is a KPI (key performance indicator) for you to meet.” Life is not just about working title, package, good lifestyle etc. Yes, I can decide my own journey. Let’s continue my journey in a positive way.
Few months back, I met up with one of my friends who just quit from her full-time job to be a home maker. She shared her struggled with me and I told her “it is all right if you are going through a transition period. Let’s take the opportunity to find out what you want in your life.”