lifestyle, Travel

What I love about what I do… and what’s next?

May 10, 2020
Accounting4chaos #travel #campervan #newzealand

In order to fly, you have to let go of the world you’ve been holding onto. Kurek Ashley.

I read a fellow blogger’s comments recently on what she loves about what she does. This got me thinking about what exactly “I do” now that I’ve resigned from my job as an Accountant. And as I resigned from my job to travel through Europe, what is my journey now that I can’t follow my dreams? What now?

A crossroads

I guess it is natural to question your journey when you come to a crossroads in life. We made the big life-changing decision to give up our jobs, sell property, enroll our children in homeschool, and buy a campervan in Europe. Then Covid-19 hit. And we were stuck in New Zealand.

In hindsight, it hasn’t been a bad thing to be stuck in New Zealand. I’m glad to be safe and that my family is safe. But the question needs to be answered – what now? Travel overseas seems to be off the cards for the next year or so.

So, to answer that question I come back to, well, what do I love? What makes me happy?

If you’ve been following my blog for a while you will know I’ve struggled with balancing my career as an Accountant with my need and desire to spend time with my children. I know that sometimes it is a case of be careful what you wish for. Now I’ve ended up without a job, essentially unemployed, and with nowhere to go, how do I feel about it? And what does this mean? What next???

Well, I can tell you I don’t regret resigning from my job! Sure, I’m $170k a year down, and I haven’t yet quite worked out how to fill that hole, but sometimes money can’t buy happiness.

What I love about what I do…

I’m loving being at home with my girls. I (mostly) love helping them with their homework and being involved with their education, with their planning and their dreams. I love learning what makes each of them tick. Miss T is cooking and architecture. Miss M loves plants and animals and creative tasks. Both of them have desires to follow their creative talents.

I’m loving the freedom to decide what I do with my day. I love that I don’t have to wake up to an alarm each day.

I’m loving the feeling of achievement when I do something simple, like doing the washing. Or sweeping the driveway. Weeding the garden. Things I would not have been able to do previously. Simple routines feel like a luxury.

And I love having my own new business. I love talking to my clients, developing real relationships with them. Having the autonomy to run my own business, the way I want to do it. And the freedom to NOT bill for every 6-minute unit I spend on clients (yes, Accountants do record every 6 minutes of their day and are expected to charge for these six-minute únits’….its not a myth).

But it’s not all roses. I don’t like that my husband has left for the South Island without us. A reality of the COVID-19 economic depression – he’s had to follow the work.

So what next?

Well, I think we should join my husband. Our house is almost rented out. He is picking up the caravan. I am finalising the girls’ homeschool enrolments. And we are about to head off on our (amended) adventure. Exploring New Zealand’s South Island with a caravan.

As for that $170K hole every year? I don’t think I’ll ever fill that particular hole again unless I join an established firm, which is certainly an option. But it’s an option I don’t think I want to take. At this stage, looking at my lifestyle and considering the ‘things that I love’, I just need enough to get by. So this means running my own business, on my own terms, and part-time. Based in a ‘mobile’ office.

Fewer clients that I can develop REAL relationships with. Helping real people. For less pay. More time with my children, and more happiness.

Watch this space, this blog is about to turn into a full time travel blog!

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1 Comment

  • Reply Miriam May 25, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    All the best as you follow your husband to the South Island Ange. Those silver linings are all aground us these days. We just have to keep our eyes open. I look forward to following you, on your full time travel blog! ?

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