Putting Money First
I’ve been going back and forth on a decision regarding my job for a few months now. It’s no secret I’m not loving it, and I feel like a sell out for sticking with it. I use the economy as an excuse, and I don’t know if that’s right. I just need to make a decision and be happy with it.
Here’s the truth: I’ve been considering going part time and stepping down from my position. It would (hopefully) be less stress, and I’d have more time to do the things I love. I recently picked up a copy of Your Money or Your Life, which has been recommended to me many times. I’m hoping that will help me make a decision.
Here are the pros to going part time:
-Change of scenery
-More time to do things I love
Here are some of the cons to going part time:
-Pay cut (maybe $6? an hour)
-A lot less money that we could be saving
Ultimately, when I do have a baby, I’d like to stay at home for at least a year. To do that, we’ll have to have some savings to live off of. We’re saving towards that goal, and I feel like if I went part time that I’d be giving up on that.
I feel like I should work while I am able to, and make money while the opportunity is there. But then I wonder at what cost? If it’s costing me happiness, is it worth it? At what point do I decide that money isn’t everything and decide to choose happiness and freedom over money? I honestly don’t know if I’ll ever be able to do that. That’s why sometimes I feel like I’m putting money first. I need to make a decision, but it’s such a tough one.
What would you do? Do you ever feel like you are putting money first above everything else?