Over the past year, I’ve been thinking a lot about saving for my financial independence. Admittedly, I’ve been downright obsessed about planning my escape from the workforce as early as possible; particularly in the last few months as I’ve transitioned from getting laid off to starting a new job across town. And now the past two weeks have brought on very long work hours, requiring me to sacrifice my personal life completely (as well as my 8 hours of sleep each night). These conditions do not make for a happy camper.
This week I had a surprising, yet simple realization. Why don’t I just find work that I truly care about so I will WANT to keep at it for 5, 10, or 25 more years?! Perhaps the work I’m doing now isn’t fulfilling me on some level and my focus on retirement savings is a result of my desire to find work I love? Duh.
Of course, I’m not going to abandon my savings plan or frugal habits! I just think it’s time to take a step back and figure out how to rekindle the flame between me and my career.