Ten Reasons to Stop Working

by Elena on September 29, 2011 in Career Transition

I love teaching. I love the feeling that I have when I see a student become excited about something they have learned. I love watching students hang on every word as I read them a story. I love helping to build capacity in our children.

10 reasons to stop working | C.MomBut I have to be honest. Going back to work this fall, was culture shock. For the very first time I could start to envision myself doing something else. According to our household budget forecasts, however, this is unlikely to ever be a realistic possibility…so for now, I dream.

I dream of all that I would do if I was not working…..dreams that are not fanciful, or decadent, or real housewife-y. Real dreams, of real things. Reasons to stop working that would be good for everyone. Things that would make me happy. Things that would challenge my brain. Things that would be good for me and my family. And so, almost like a bucket list for that far off dream of working life…. I have a list. My list of non working dreams.

10 things I would do if I didn’t have to work.

Feed my daughter a real meal for breakfast. A non rushing out the door breakfast before taking her to the bus stop.

Workout every morning. Whether it was a run, a bike ride, a P90x routine, or a Just Dance 2 workout on the Wii, I would take that me time each day.

Volunteer at school. I would help out in Principessa’s class or with PTA events, I would eat lunch with Principessa in the cafeteria. I would be present in her school life.

Write, write, and write some more. Writing could be something I did during the light of day instead of the dark of night, which would in turn mean spending more time paying attention to Rocket (or watching my tv shows).

Wear my big girl social media shoes and try to make a go of this whole thing on the big screen small, laptop screen.

Do laundry regularly. Might is much more than my current laundry tendencies. Enough said.

My passport would be put to better use. I’d be able to organize the occasional trip with Rocket during a non peak season period. And if I learned nothing else from my parents, we could take Principessa on trips to far off lands where she could learn real world things.

Organize the entrance hallway closet. The one that I was supposed to organize this summer (oops). The one that makes Rocket cringe.

Grocery shop in peace and quiet. No Rocket. No Principessa. No Sunday crowds.

Meet friends for lunch or coffee. I have always wondered what it felt like to actually SEE my in real life friends, IN REAL LIFE instead of on Facebook.

And since I am trying to convince Rocket of the wisdom of this dream, I will leave off the dreams of regular spa visits. :)

What about you? What would you do if you were not working? Or Parenting?




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Kimberly September 29, 2011 at 12:39 am

I would give anything to go grocery shopping by myself!!

Arnebya September 29, 2011 at 2:12 pm

I agree, Kimberly. I LIKE grocery shopping. I just don’t like to do it when everyone else is doing it, when everyone in the store has a fully loaded cart, or with my kids screaming for cookies. But. I am also a terrible shopper when alone. I go in for 10 things and come out with 47.

Merry120 September 29, 2011 at 12:48 am

Oh I sooooo know what you mean. I have this thought daily. I like-ish my job but there are so many things I would love to do that I just. don’t. have. time.

Courtney @ The Mommy Matters September 29, 2011 at 2:12 am

I’d find a better sense of balance to get everything I wanted to do done. I’d spend some days writing, some days designing, and other days just sitting around and enjoying the quiet. I’d find a way to keep the house clean and actually cook good, healthy meals for my family on a regular basis. Sounds like a nice plan you’ve got dreamed up. :)

Making It Work Mom September 29, 2011 at 6:46 am

Your list is almost exactly what I mine would be. I love my job, but I am at the point now where there are so many other things I would love to be doing, like writing and creating my voice in social media.

Oh and I am so jealous of all those people I see exercising on the way to work. I think not only do they get to run as long as they want (no eye on the clock thinking you have to be home) and then when they get home they get to take a nice long shower and relax with a cup of tea (at least that is what I would do!)

Unfortunately I will not be quitting my job anytime soon. :(

tracy@sellabitmum September 29, 2011 at 7:24 am

I’m at home and never get these things done either. Gah. I want to be home and have a nanny and a housecleaner. Is that too much to ask? Love this list. xo

Kristin @ What She Said September 29, 2011 at 7:25 am

This. All of this. I literally have nothing else to add. I dream of all the same things, and this post made me so wistful. Oh, so wistful.

Natalie @Mamatrack September 29, 2011 at 7:30 am

Love this. I would have clean kitchen counters. And I’d write. And read. A whole book.

Great list!

Barbara September 29, 2011 at 8:48 am

Ah the spa visits, I would love to do that if I didn’t have to work.

Christina S. September 29, 2011 at 9:26 am

I’d be living in the Italian countryside, with a goat. I’d eat and not care about the calories and just be leisurely.

Jocelyn September 29, 2011 at 10:04 am

I think you read my mind – this is what I’ve been thinking daily lately! I so desperately want to stay home with our daughter. I’m quickly falling out of love (or even like) with my job, and constantly daydream of life at home. I would be able to keep the place clean continually (or maybe try to with a toddler?) instead of wasting big chunks of weekends doing chores, help out with dinners (I don’t cook at all), and generally enjoy the time my husband and I get to spend at home together in the evenings more. Now it seems like I’m putting away this or cleaning up that or trying to check email right up until the minute I go to bed. Talk to each other? Who talks? Maybe I’d be able to if I didn’t spend all day chained to my desk.

Living the Balanced Life September 29, 2011 at 11:59 am

Oh, now I feel guilty because I AM at home and I don’t get all that stuff done, lol! I am still trying to figure out if I could justify bringing in a cleaning lady once a month!
It is a great exercise to think through though, as it may help one figure out what some of their priorities are and maybe figure out a way to work into their life, somehow, even if they are still working.

Sweaty September 29, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I would love to travel more… that’s the one thing I’d definitely do if I weren’t a parent 😉

And like you… write, write, and write some more!

Dumb Mom September 29, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I’d love to volunteer at school. Even though I’m an at-home worker it can’t be done thanks the younger sibling and my persistent lack of childcare options. Two years! That’s how long we have until school starts up again. At which point I will probably have to get a regular job and my plan will be thwarted again!

Kir September 29, 2011 at 3:47 pm

I would love to just be able to get in a car and come down and have lunch with you and not look at a clock once. :)

of course I’d love to volunteer, write write write or even read read read, a book…instead of the blogs I never seem to be able to keep up with in my email. :)

I hope you get to do at least 5 of those things soon. Small steps. :) xo

Jessica September 30, 2011 at 12:22 pm

This is a great list of things you could do if you weren’t working. If only….

Hopes@Staying Afloat! October 1, 2011 at 5:13 pm

I love your list!

I’d be able to pee all by myself! :)

I would do a TON more traveling!

My time will come!!

Leighann October 3, 2011 at 9:04 pm

Oh man!!
Doing laundry regularly is a dream

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