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I’m changing jobs because quality of life matters

Hey ya’ll, I know I’ve been promising Steamboat Reunion forever. It’s coming, I swear. We’re in the editing process. I’m hoping for a late-week, this week release. We’ll see. In the meantime, I’m in the process of changing jobs.

I currently work for the United States Postal Service. It’s a great job and I love what I do. What I don’t love is how much I do it and how little time I have for things like writing and family these days. Between work and a major legal issue we’ve finally muddled through with a family member, my writing has been severely limited…no time and just too darn tired.

Honey Run Waterfall

My wife and I moved out here in the middle of nowhere (the area where she grew up) in 2013 after my son graduated from high school. We downsized our lifestyle. I took a part-time, Monday through Friday job with the USPS literal steps from our house. Work was a two-minute walk away. I geared my eBay business back up and I started doing what I’d wanted to do for some time, writing.

My work week has since evolved from M-F, 9:00-1:00 to Monday through Saturday, varying hours usually adding up to 40 or more, plus travel to another location twelve miles away after a couple of forced promotions. The money has been great. The quality of life I was striving for when I first took the job, not so much.

My new job? I’ll work alone, but I’ll rarely be alone, as the second shift person at the village Marathon gas/service station. It’s seven days on, seven days off – paid, so it’s like having 26 weeks of paid vacation a year. Plus, out of long habit from my military days, I’m an early riser. Even in my work weeks, I’ll have lots of morning time for writing and the business of being an author.

I’m looking forward to having more writing time and more weekend time with my wife and with the extended family. Those are things I value more than money. There are significant other family circumstances I’ll now be able to assist with too that would have been impossible before. And the best part is, even when I’m working, I’ll be right here in this tiny village we live in, like I was when I started with the USPS.

Wish me luck! Have you ever downsized a job and been better off for it? I’d love to hear about it.

3 Comments

  1. Beth says:

    I understand this completely! I know it’s a cliche, but people never look back on their lives from the end and wish they had worked more. I hope you enjoy every moment with your family and writing. <3

  2. Nicki Anderson says:

    Anne,
    I’m so proud of you for making that decision and actually being able to act on it. I’m not in a position to be able to leave the physically demanding job I am in, due to the fantastic benefits (no premium on health benefits) and lack of being able to make my finances if I left. But I commend those that are able to do it.
    I wish you luck in your endeavor and look forward to seeing new books from you in the future
    Nicki

    1. Anne Hagan says:

      Thank you so much. I have great health insurance with the USPS and that was a consideration, but my wife has continued to carry me on hers just as I was carrying her on mine, once I became eligible for it. It will be more costly to go to the doctor now, but we do still have insurance, or I couldn’t do this. I’m very lucky and thankful for that every day.

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