I just wrapped up my first week of quitting my job and working “location independent.” One of the things that stands out the most to me is how long the days have lasted. I can’t believe it has only been a week. I feel like I do “The Jerk” routine almost daily with Josh:
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Goals: Since it was my first week off, I decided to keep things simple and set myself only one major goal: Get completely ready for the day by being fed, showered, brushed, and completely dressed by 10AM. Seems like a pretty easy job, but taking the time to actually do my hair, accessorize, and set my desired shoes next to the door seemed like a daunting task knowing that I would be far more comfy in my house clothes. But, by the end of the week, I accomplished my goal six of the seven days (everyone needs at least one day off).
Productivity: The sound of that daunting goal might give you the wrong idea about my week. I actually accomplished a ton of stuff this week. Some of the things I’m most proud of include doing yoga every-other day, completing over 8 hours of language study, selling over $1000 worth of our stuff online, planning mini-adventures for us each day, and being social at least half of the days. Again, these may sound silly, but my days off of work usually include a lot more sleeping. I’ve been more productive in the last week than I have been in the last month (which I considered a very productive month).
Money: Josh spent the week cooking most of our meals. We ate very well and wanted for nothing (except maybe more soda and beer). I’ll be posting a more detailed budget blog at the end of the month but, for week one in general, I would say that we totally nailed it! We stayed within our budget and achieved our goal income.
Fun: For the most part, this was a relax week. I wanted to spend some time just catching up on sleep and quieting my mind. Every morning I scheduled an optional activity for us. We didn’t actually do many of the activities, but enjoyed knowing we had the option. The highlights of the week included Pub Science (a neuroscience lecture at our favorite pub), our Asian burrito food invention (fried rice and sweet pork wrapped in a burrito), our theatrical trip to Walgreens for a year’s worth of medications, and a night of drinks and laughs with friends.
Each day I have felt more and more confident in our decision. I am having so much fun and feel more alive than I have in a long time. We are moving out of the apartment in less than a week and I can’t wait!