* I miss having a salary.
* As a substitute teacher, I realize how much I miss having a classroom of my own.
* I also miss belonging to one specific community where I can make a difference.
* I’ve had a lot more time to write.
* I haven’t written as many manuscript pages as I’d expected I would.
* I’ve spent more time on promo for friends, prepping for online classes, searching for “a real job.”
* I had WAY more confidence in myself than the rest of the world did.
* I wish I’d planned better.
* I now teach online writing classes on the side and I LOVE it.
* I studied for and received my EC-6 Generalist teaching certification, which means I’m now able to teach elementary school as well as middle school English & ESL.
* I’m not able to take the vacations I want- I haven’t seen some of my family and friends for almost 2 years, which is a long time for me, I can’t go to RWA Nationals and I can’t even plan anything for my 40th birthday in the fall.
* I’ve reevaluated my writing goals and found another avenue I can take for my writing.
* I’ve learned how “rich” I was when I didn’t even know it and I’m well aware of my spending habits now.
* Despite the sometimes financial burden, I am calmer, happier and a lot less stressed.
Was quitting my job last June worth it? Absolutely.
Do I regret it? ONLY from the financial standpoint.
Join me Friday for a peek into my goals and plans for my future.