It’s been a strange and very quick month since I walked away from my job and into a period of freedom.
I received my last pay 3 weeks ago and I have a bit more than I expected. I have already seen a drop in travel expenses, no commuting. I have also been able to enjoy the good weather and started walking and cycling everywhere locally to reduce my use of the car.
I have just returned from a really relaxing holiday in Scotland (same area that Ermine visited recently – I recognize locations from the pictures he posted). We had rented a cottage and spent the whole 2 weeks walking and cycling (hired bikes – so a bit of an expense!). The wildlife count was spectacular : Osprey, Roe deer, Red squirrels, Mountain hares, Herons, Buzzards & Woodpeckers. The car sat quietly just being used to get us up there and back. My partner says that I was the most relaxed I have ever been while on holiday. I really needed the break and thinking back to this time last year, I was going through the turmoil of company sale and everyone wasn’t sure if we would have jobs – as it panned out, we didn’t.
Now I have returned from my holiday, I am now having to occupy my day, at the moment this involves chores around the house and going for bike rides. I am trying to improve my health as I was getting headaches and possible panic attacks just before I gave up work. I will continue for a few more weeks before going and getting my blood pressure checked at the Docs. It has been high due to all the stresses I have been under in the past year and I want to see if the freedom and the increase in exercise has made a difference.
I still check LinkedIn and a job is advertised that maybe of interest! LOL… I should be enjoying my freedom – but I get the pangs of being in a job – its the social conditioning we are all under.
I have queried with the agent, waiting for a response. I am also getting queries from agents, they have probably heard on the grapevine that I maybe available. I should really be looking to have time away from the work environment. I have some unpaid volunteering work lined up for the end of July so I need to relax and concentrate on utilizing my time well between now and then.
I am going through my paperwork, getting rid of old rubbish and also checking out all my expenses to see where my costs are dropping and where they may increase. I have my tax return info to get together too. Once this month is over, I can see what is left of my last pay and also can start to see what my true monthly expenses will be and where I will draw the income source from – cash or equities. I have some dividends due in August which will cover that month’s expenses.