"Time and money are inversely proportinate -
to spend less of one you must always spend exponentially more of the other."
This quote resonates with me lately. I really thought that by working full time I was contributing to our financial security. Turns out that the time I spent at my job took away from my family (and mental health) to the detriment of the people I love the most. Nowadays as a furniture painter/refinisher I earn a third of what I used to, but find that my bank account still looks healthy and my family is happy. It's funny to me how the things we think are "right" or "good" can be just the opposite for us. I didn't realize in the five years I worked how much my kids still needed me and how much my husband missed me.
I feel thankful to have the time to spend with my family, the patience to work with my teen children, the flexibility to be present for them, and the chance to do something that speaks to my heart.