At the age of 39, I had been a nurse for many years, the last decade had been in hospice nursing.
Surprise I am leaving.
I am taking a “mini-retirement” or “self-funded sabbatical” for an undetermined number of months ….or years? Whatever we feel like.
I never talked about it much, but I had been investing since I was 12. I have spent thousands of hours teaching myself to have a strong foundation of financial health.
By the time I left I had over 60 people who were curious how I did it and although they may not want to “semi-retire” many folks want to understand more about their money and become empowered to take control of their finances. Many people would like more time to travel, or more time with family a friends.
Our life and time is so precious and I love being intentional about my time and my money.
In customary style, I gave a protracted resignation, a little over 5 months notice, in the meantime I turned 40 and was featured in the Wall Street Journal
Here is why I care about having flexible time so much:
Brain tumor: When I was a relatively new nurse, I was diagnosed with a brain tumor (luckily it was a vestibular schwanoma which is a good brain tumor to have if you are going to have one). I took time off work, had the brain tumor removed, metal plate placed, and horrible pain. Pain that dwarfed labor pain. And that bugger took nearly all of my hearing in my left ear. I had to learn how to walk due to poor balance since the tumor was on my balance and hearing nerve. The walking was like trying to walk on a rocky ship. All. The. Time. I eventually recovered and after a couple years even ran, and even ran a marathon. I was so slow they started packing up the water :)
Hospice Nurse: I have in Hospice for about 10 years. It is an incredible field, and I have worked among the most talented humans ones can imagine. I have spoken with thousands of people who are dying and their loved ones. I have often been one of the first people they call when they want to consider hospice. The dying taught me how I want to live. They taught me to live and pursue my dreams and wishes and move through fear. They taught me to get clear on what I value and to spend my time and resources on what I value.
Being a Wife and Mom: We were told we could never have kids. After failed IVF/ICSI we were under the impression that having children was medically futile. Several years later I began wanting peanut butter and half gallon of milk for every meal.
Right now our girls are little, they are 3 and 5 and they want to be with me. Soon enough, I am told, that will change, but for now the time to take them to school and on field trips and be with them when they are sick, means the world to both of us, and I am told by other parents, having this time with them is something we will not regret.
My husband, Carl, has been a stay at home dad for 5 years, so we both have time with the girls. He is a Chef, and honestly a wonderful human, so having time with them is precious to me.
What is precious to you?
If you could design your ideal year, how would it look?