I did what most people do — I went to school, I got the grades and then I went searching for a corporate career ladder to climb. And I climbed, believing along the way that success, happiness and validation came with earning a high income.
Then, at 40, at the higher end of the pay scale, I lost my job. It's still shocking to me that a 16-year career ended so fast. Just like that, I was thrust into the world of a career change, and it had me seriously considering whether I really wanted back into the rat race that earned me $80,000 Canadian dollars (CAD) a year.
When I started looking for my next career move, I struggled. I battled with my intuition. Every part of me screamed, "Please don't go back."
So, I would need to take a minimum-wage part-time job that would be relatively stress-free while I built my writing business.
Here is my story of what happens when you go from earning $80,000 a year to $12,000.