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A year of brave

This year I’m going to be BRAVE.

Sometimes BRAVE means doing something brand new, sometimes it means doing that thing you’ve been putting off for months.

Every Sunday (or so) I want to post about something BRAVE-ish I’ve done recently – to keep myself accountable to actually DO something AND to remind you being brave is not always lion taming and hang-gliding.

Last week:

I said my last day out loud.

I’ve been dreaming and planning and nervously looking at the calendar for, oh … a year.

Andrew and I have been privately discussing the plans. I need him to constantly reassure me that it’s OK that I won’t be bringing in as much of an income. I need him to tell me again and again that it’s OK that I’ll be home (doing housework, probably) and he’ll be working 50+ hours/week. I feel guilty about that (I’ve worked at least 30 hours/week for the last 14 years). I feel seriously nervous that we’re going to end up eating ramen for every meal. Taking this giant leap of quitting my day job without another one lined up is frightening, so I’ve been hemming and hawing about deciding the actual date.

Plus, I’m still working through my before-I-quit to do list…

But this past week I actually made a decision of when my absolute last day is (although I may move it sooner)…. and I told someone.

That makes it real, right?

It’s still not *technically* official, but it’s so much closer to being true.

Plus now I have that accountability of someone else knowing and potentially asking about it if the date comes and goes.

Super scary! But I’m being brave :)

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  • Norma March 24, 2013 at 10:48 am edit

    Very brave indeed, but more of us need to tend the home fires.

  • Kam March 25, 2013 at 9:41 am edit


    I love that you’ve said it outloud. It makes it so much more concrete. Like, SERIOUSLY. Next you need to put it on a giant calendar or have one of those jumbo countdown sheets from that MTV show where the kids lose weight before going to college. I’m thinking MEGA-BIG.

    You’re much braver than me, I’m happy you’ve taken the time to come up with your exit strategy and are thoughtfully crossing things off of said list.

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I will SEND you ramen. Spicy ramen, even!


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