Losing my job! Downsizing my career, gulp.
Some background: I've had a lucrative but exhausting career for 20 years, and have been dreaming about changing to part time employment as soon as our 7-year-long home remodel was complete. I couldn't quite figure out how to walk away from my good salary, though.
Well, I said goodbye to our final remodeling contractor on Wednesday and got the news on Thursday that my job is being eliminated (the new editorial team wants to bring in their own design team). Talk about timing! I was offered a demotion and relocation, but will probably take severance instead.
My husband and I (no kids) have been planning for this for years (decent retirement savings, no consumer debt, small mortgage, inexpensive cars, energy efficient house), and we should be okay financially if I work part time, but I'm still really SCARED!! It's a sea change for me to choose to earn less money on purpose, feels weird.
Has anyone else out there dropped out of the corporate rat race and lived to tell the tale?