When we move to California, I'll be quitting my job of 15 years. In addition to that massive change, it will be my first time to be unemployed since I got my drivers license. Yes, more than 20 years ago, but who's counting? ;-) I worked full-time all through college, and part-time in high school. I've been paying my own way since I turned 18, and suddenly, that's all going to change. I have no idea what it's going to feel like not to have my own paycheck, but I'm guessing there will be a period of adjustment. :-)
I will, however, have a large emergency fund built, mostly to continue to pay for our vacation house until it gets sold. That money will also go towards my personal spending, etc. I'm hoping to have $30,000 in the fund when I give my notice, but it will be very close.
What's my plan with regard to employment? Well, I'm hoping to take a few months off - my initial thinking is three months - and then look for freelance work. In my ideal world, I could (mostly) work from home, work 30 hours/week so I don't need before/after school care, & continue to earn a solid paycheck. My skill set appears to be in high demand, so I'm hopeful that could work out. I plan to start researching freelance opportunities at the end of September, in order to give myself time to land something when I'm ready to work.
What do I plan to do with my new free time? :-) I have no idea! None at all. Okay, that's not exactly true. Here's what I'm thinking:
- Spend more time with the kiddos. Given that they won't be going to after care, I'm excited about having them come directly home after school, which they've never done before.
- Exercise regularly. I'm hoping to start running consistently.
- Do yoga & pilates regularly, rebuilding my core strength.
- Unpack, then repack for our move when temporary housing is over. Then unpack again once we find our (more) permanent spot.
- Meet new friends.
- Take the kids on play dates, etc as they get familiar with the area.
- Deal with all relocation elements - reimbursements, signing us up for various things, finding doctors, etc.
- Deal with our vacation house.