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Have I lost my marbles?

This month, I am doing something that a lot of people would find crazy.
I’m quitting my job with its financial comforts, and I have no plan B. I don’t know what I’m going to do next.

And I’m so excited about it!!!

I joked with my husband that I was going crazy and should start a blog called “Joni Loses It.” I mean, how often do people just quit their jobs without another one at the ready? And how many are excited about it? But the more I thought about it, the more I thought that this experience for me will be like “Finding It.”

I have been extremely unhappy at work and it is taking a toll on my health, so I started looking for a way out.

When I sat down and looked over our budget, it appeared that my family had gotten so good at saving money that I could quit my job and we would still be able to afford everything we needed each month on my husband’s meager school teacher salary. But it was close. I wasn’t sure if we could do it or if we’d be dipping into our emergency fund every month until I found another job.

This is when I had to take a leap of faith.

My family had been making smart money choices, building a foundation to be able to afford life on less, but I couldn’t tell if it was solid. When my health started to deteriorate further and I was unable to work out a part-time arrangement, my husband agreed that I needed to take the time off to get better, so I quit.

This blog is about my new journey to find happiness and fulfillment, while being financially frugal enough for my family to survive on my husband’s elementary teach salary.

I’ll be sharing what I’m up to after quitting my job and how we’re making ends meet.


My last day on the hamster wheel will be August 31st, 2017.
I heard this Katy Perry song when I was streaming Amazon music and had to listen on repeat:

Listen to yourself! If work is not giving you purpose and you can’t get out of bed in the morning and it’s causing you to become mentally and physically unwell, do what you have to do to take the leap. Make the preparations to make it a reality. You only live once and this is your one chance to make the most of it.

Your health is your real wealth.

Have you ever struggled with the stress of work? Have you ever thought about quitting?
What are you going to do about it?

Share with me in the comments.