The grand experiment

Last year, I took stock of my lifestyle with regards to sustainability. Just over a year has gone by, and it feels like time to re-visit this concept. That said, I can’t really re-visit this concept without mentioning that I decided to take a few months off of work, starting last November. While I adhered to a lot of my personal sustainability goals (buying used clothing, reducing packaging waste, eating mostly veggie, etc.), here are some of the most striking areas ways my life has been different in the last few months:

Focusing on creative projects was my main goal during my time off. I’ve been drawing and sewing like crazy, and educating myself about pattern-making and fit. I’ve been taking art classes (in the day time!) as well. It’s been dreamy, and I don’t think I would have had the energy and focus to embark on these longer-term projects while I was working. Sewing was therapy when I was working, which (for me) tended to entail simpler projects. | illustration, copyright

Emotional capacity
I feel infinitely more capable of giving my whole attention to the people in front of me. This includes the usual suspects – my husband, my friends, my family – but also people I happen to interact with.

While I loathe food waste, it was much harder to keep on top of it last year. I’d find little produce bags of spoiled cilantro every week in our fridge. Since November, we eat all of our fresh food, all of our leftovers and make significant dents in our bulk staples like oats and rice. We’re on a skeleton budget right now, with time to cook, so we focus on produce and bulk food instead of packaged foods (which are both expensive and create lots of waste). I’ve even been making bread for Nathan!

Hand in hand with eating changes is how I feel. Before November, I would have estimated that my stomach was angry about 40% of my waking life; recently, it’s been felt like 5%! And, for the past few years I’ve favored sewing, cruising the internet, and most other activities over exercise or sleep, but I’ve been putting myself to bed before midnight and actually making time for yoga.

It behooves me to spend less money when I’m not making any, of course, but I noticed that a lot of my discretionary spending dried up more effortlessly  than I would have expected once I’d left my job. Purchases made out of convenience, lunches out, and transportation constituted a lot of my spending, not to mention the online fabric and pattern shopping I’d do to distract myself during breaks at work. I think most of us aim to net more than we spend when we work, but I found it eye-opening to see which expenditures were tied to my working lifestyle.

So what’s next?
As you’ve probably guessed, this life isn’t sustainable in the literal sense of the word. This experiment has a shelf life. I’m not independently wealthy – I just saved up for a long time, knowing that this was a gift I wanted to give myself, and I’ve managed to avoid long-term financial burdens. I feel unbelievably lucky to have gotten to do this.

After three months, here are my conclusions. I haven’t minded trading full-time income for creative time. Time to take excellent care of myself and others has also been worth it. Conveniently, I’ve found I also enjoy a frugal lifestyle! My next career move has yet to be solidified, but I will be incorporating my learnings into my search.

Have you ever had a dramatic change in lifestyle? What did you learn about yourself?

Also! Those of you interested in clean beauty will be excited to hear that I’ll be hosting a joint giveaway with my sister (of Pollen & Wax) next week. Stay tuned!


66 thoughts on “The grand experiment

  1. So fascinating! I didn’t realise that you’d been taking time off work for the last few months – kudos to you for making the most of the time! I’m out of work two months a year but it’s always such a stressful time of waiting so see if either of us will get full time work for September that I really don’t enjoy it properly! I’m excited to hear about whatever comes next for you! I hope it’s something wonderful! 🙂

    1. Thanks, Gillian! I wasn’t really sure how to talk about what I was doing when I first quit, so I kept it to myself for awhile! It’s been a positive thing for me, but I could easily see how two months off while waiting to find out about your next year’s employment could be hard to enjoy in the same way as a planned break.

  2. I’m totally inspired by this post – I’ve often wondered what it might be like to do something like what you’ve done… but then the other 60% of my conscious laughs at me even for the thought! Food for thought – thank you 🙂

    1. I think one of the things that made it easier, weirdly enough, was that I was laid off five years ago. It was traumatic, but it allowed me to experiment with my career, my budget and I got to travel for a much longer period of time than if I’d been in the same job. It is a huge adjustment, and it’s not always easy to face the groundlessness of an unstructured day, but it’s been rewarding.

  3. This is just fascinating, Morgan! Thank you for sharing this part of your life with us. It will be so interesting to see where you go from here!

  4. Like Gillian, I didn’t realise you were on a sabatical. No wonder your makes have been so considered. I loved reading this and it really makes me reflect on my own life xx

    1. This is the first time I’m sharing the news online, so you didn’t miss anything! I left my time off pretty open-ended and wasn’t quite sure how to say what I was doing or hoping to accomplish. It turned out that I wanted to sew and make art – surprise! Thank you for your compliment about my creations 🙂

  5. thanks for sharing this, i had no idea you had taken a break from work. i can completely identify with so many of the points you’ve made here, and goals you’re working toward. and i’ve also been making almost all our bread for years, to the point that if i have to buy a loaf there are loud complaints! i don’t blame ’em though… can’t beat fresh bread!

  6. I’m glad you’ve enjoyed your time and I’m certain it has been more of a benefit than you realize. I took time off work (forcibly due to retrenchment) but chose to take time, go back to school and change careers. I had always wanted to do this, but my sensible mind always stopped me. In the end, I didn’t work for a few years, due also to having kids, and still managed on one wage, though it was stretched beyond belief! I find my new career to be far better than I imagined it would be. I hope you find your new calling and it enables you to continue your life as you choose.

    1. That’s so encouraging that you found yourself in a new career that you love, Christy! Like you, I was also laid off five years ago, and while it was traumatizing, it allowed me to flex some new job skills (and led me to start sewing). Change can be terrifying but exciting. Thank you so much for your kind words 🙂

  7. I did a similar thing last April. I quit my dull office job and took a few months off to just take care of myself and rediscover long lost hobbies and friends. I too noticed a drastic dip in my spending once I wasn’t stuck in front of a computer all day, impulse shopping just to pass the time.

  8. Great post, and great to to read how your time off work has worked for you! I went part time at work a couple of years ago, initially so the kids wouldn’t be going to the after school club every day. But the immediate impact on the rest of life was unexpectedly huge – I have more time to plan and take care of food cooking and chores and consequently all of us are much calmer. It’s turned out to be a virtuous circle where we all have more downtime and are happier in our daily rhythms. Plus, it’s totally energised my sewing creativity, even though the actual time I spend on it hasn’t changed that much.

    Good luck with thinking through and working out what your next move might be. I hope things continue to go well, and look forward to hearing more about it too!

    1. I noticed the same thing with regards to sewing time. I wouldn’t say that my sewing time has dramatically increased, but I feel more thoughtful and capable of taking on challenges. And It’s lovely to hear that your changed schedule had a positive affect on your entire family.

  9. How interesting. I had a similar realisation myself when I went freelance (for a second time): that having an increased quality of life and enjoying work at your own pace, mixed with personal and creative projects, means you don’t need to earn or spend so much money to feel happy. I’ve consciously chosen to take on less work in payoff for having more time to myself – I am ‘poorer’ but happier as a result.

    1. I think you summed it up perfectly. I’ve actually found myself watching the bread rise in the oven as entertainment… I also think I need to pick your brain on how to freelance!

  10. Great post! When I first had my boys, we had hardly any money at all in the scheme of things but I am so grateful it happened that way because all this energy got poured into being creative, making do and out of it I realised a lot about what kind of parent I want to be and that I’m happiest with a simple life. Your drawings are amazing. So true what you say about having the headspace to take on new things. I’ve noticed your garments have got a lot more involved, sounds like it was a very interesting and thought provoking experiment.

  11. I’ve really enjoyed reading this Morgan. I really admire you for saving up so you could take a break from work & it’s great to hear it’s been so beneficial. My life has changed dramatically since the start of 2013 with the birth of our son & buying a house. We’re now having to live a lot more frugally & like you, I don’t mind it. I’m amazed how much less of our food we’re wasting. I’ve also realised though that I really need time on my own so I’m looking forward to the wee one getting into a routine with naps so I get a wee bit of time back to

    1. I still can’t believe that you pulled off those two huge life-changing events last year! Just amazing. I’m wishing you a speedy transition into a sleep routine for the youngster!

  12. Wow! How inspirational to read this post first thing in the morning!! I’m so happy for you that you found a way and took the time to do this. My husband and I often talk about something like this – but more in a “if ‘x’ happens, then maybe I’ll take some time off from work to pursue….’y’ ” But of course… ‘x’ never happens! I love that you made time to focus on creativity (great drawings, btw!) and to have the mental energy to be more present to those around you. Both of these things are great reminders for me.

    1. My husband and I have been having identical conversations for the last couple of years! I’m honestly not sure what took us from those conversations to now, but somehow it happened. It was probably starting to save money aggressively in the off-chance we went for it that really made it a reality.

      I already love your creations – I think my mind would be blown if you were focusing on them full-time!

  13. How cool! I’m so glad you were able to take a bit of a sabbatical! I’m on a break from work right now, too, the first one in years, and I’m finding that just a couple weeks in I’m already in a radically different headspace. My field runs at a breakneck pace, there’s tons of stress, and long, long days. I often eat bad food or skip tons of meals because I don’t have time to eat, and as a result, I feel so completely run down and beaten up that I feel like a shell of my former self. I loved to spend all day on the weekends sewing frantically for a creative outlet, but that only piled on more fatigue! And I really don’t do my fair share of housework when I’m working, too, so I’m a pretty lousy partner. I’ve been really enjoying carefully planning healthy, low-cost meals, and like you, have been finding ways to use up odds and ends in the cupboard and make sure food isn’t going to waste.

    I’m so glad you had the space in your life for this break, and wish you all the best on your next endeavor!

    1. Sabbatical is such an elegant word for it! I’m so glad you’re also getting some time to recover, eat good food, and balance sewing with life.

  14. I so enjoyed reading this post Morgan. While I was on sabbatical last year I experienced a lot of the same things you’ve mentioned here. Mr. Stitch and I saved for a long time to be able to take the year off and while we were off, we were on a reduced budget. I never felt hard done by or that I was lacking for living on a smaller income, in fact, I felt that I became more creative and resourceful! Last year was a huge eye opener for both of us, and while I’ve gone back to my old job and lifestyle while Mr. Stitch is away at school until the end of May, we’ve got some pretty serious and permanent lifestyle changes coming up this June (more on that later…) once he is back home. I think the biggest thing I learned last year is that being in a job you don’t enjoy, and devoting your time to said job, takes away so much from your life. Yes, we need to work because we need an income, but wouldn’t it be nice if we could work on a part time basis doing something we like, and then devote so much more time to being creative (in all aspects of our lives: from cooking to caring for our loved ones, to crafting) and actually living life? I look forward to reading more about your grand experiment.

    1. I think I’d just started reading your blog when you were at the end of your sabbatical. I’m definitely reaching the same conclusions as you have. It sounds like a lot of people feel similarly, too, which I find really exciting. I’d love for sabbaticals or flexible schedules to become normalized in the working world. I’m really excited to hear what June has in store for you!

  15. This is really fascinating to read. I had a similar situation kind of forced upon me a couple years ago, but in the end I opted to fully go with it for 6 months, and found it to be pretty life-changing. Ultimately, I realised that I wasn’t truly happy, and couldn’t look after myself and my loved ones properly in all sorts of ways if I focussed on my career in the full-time way I had done previously, and a couple years later it’s led me to take up the opportunity to shift to part-time work, which I now know will be much more sustainable for me in the long-term, based on my sabbatical experience of a couple years ago. And now that I’m working part-time I have the space to finally take up sewing and explore other avenues of creativity that have suffered neglected for too long! As for the money – I know we’re extremely lucky for me to be able to afford to make these choices in the first place, but after living on the one salary for 6 months before, I knew that scaling down our expenditure this time would be so do-able. And you’re right – it’s always eye-opening to see what expenses are actually brought into your life by working that are so much easier to avoid when there is more space and time.

    1. I’m glad your situation turned into a long-term lifestyle upgrade! I had a very similar situation happen to me a few years ago – it’s also when I started sewing. 🙂

  16. Wonderful post! I know when I transitioned from working full time to being a SAHM it was a drastic lifestyle change. Going from two incomes to one + added expenses meant I really had to change my spending habits. Having kids also lead me to a greener eco-friendly lifestyle- best thing that ever happened to me 🙂 Love you’re drawings too!

  17. I’ve had about 6 months without working now and it has certainly been a drastic lifestyle change. The period without work was somewhat planned in that I knew my work contract was ending and that I would have a period dealing with immigration issues during which I could not work. After the month of assembling paperwork but before my green card was granted, I had about 3 full months during which I couldn’t even look for work. This period turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

    I definitely experienced many of the things you’ve outlined. From a waste reduction perspective, I finally had the time to actually repair clothing items rather than discarding them. And as you mentioned, our food waste also went waaaaaaaay down. I had the time to plan meals and actually had the energy to cook them every night! Tightening my financial belt was easier than expected too. The emotional capacity is something I hadn’t really put my finger on until I read your account, but I’m experiencing the same thing. My husband has said waking up beside someone who wakes up with a smile on their face every morning has helped him be happier too.

    But the greatest joy has definitely been having the time to devote to creative pursuits. I’ve had the opportunity to actually sew all the things I’ve been imagining and to work on my blog as well.

    Now I’ve got my green card (yay!) and am in full job hunting mode (boo!) and hope that in the future we can arrange for my husband to have a few months like I’ve had. Time to do what you want to do is really worth working for!

    1. I’m so glad your semi-unplanned sabbatical turned out to be a blessing! And giving that same gift to your husband is a wonderful goal – I have a hunch that you’ll continue to notice some of the benefits of your time off, even after you go back to work, if he’s taking some time off. Best of luck in your hunt!

  18. I feel like we’re kindred spirits 🙂 I am also currently taking time off from work, although it’s been both easier and harder since I run an internet business from home, so it hasn’t been quite a complete break, but also not a complete income drop. I pushed myself to the point of exhaustion building up my company (while dealing with personal issues), and now I’m trying to recover through food (my gut is so much happier since I introduced sauerkraut and homemade coconut yogurt!), yoga, meditation, creativity, and just trying not to be so hard on myself. It’s slow going, but I’m feeling a lot better after a few months, and I’m hoping to be completely healthy by the spring. I’m even seriously considering going to a silent meditation retreat at a local Buddhist centre to “reset” my brain. Simple living is definitely the key to contentment.

    My biggest problem is the internet – it’s the source of so much inspiration, and so many like-minded people going through similar struggles, so it really helps me, but then two hours go by, and I realize I haven’t done anything, and my whole body aches from sitting and staring at a screen. Such a tough balance!

    P.S. I have the exact same problem with cilantro every week! Why does it go bad so quickly?!

    1. I didn’t realize you were in the same boat! I think you’re right about being kindred spirits. Physical recovery (especially after doubling up on work and school until June) has been huge for me during this time off. I’m glad to hear you’re on track to recovery, too.

      I don’t know if you’re a To The Best of Our Knowledge fan, but I really enjoyed their episode on fermentation!

      1. Thanks for the recommendation. I just listened to it, and now I want to start fermenting everything!

  19. Good for you! A big, brave move – but it sounds like it’s really paid off for you :-). I’m coming out of one of these periods myself – I took the fall off to move to Portland and write a draft of a book that I’ve dreamt about for a decade, and I’m currently 1 month into a new job (I asked to work less than full-time so that I can continue with the writing, and can I just say that even 4 hours/week makes a huge difference?) The mental space and emotional capacity are soooooooo worth the financial tradeoff, for me. When I stepped off the work bandwagon, I also found myself wanting fewer things. I think I used to distract myself from my unhappiness with my work-overloaded-lifestyle by making pretty new dresses (rather obsessively, I think). Once I became calmer, more focused on creative projects, and more connected to myself and my friends, I found that my relationship with sewing and knitting changed. I still love doing it, but in a less desperate, therapy-from-stress/unhappiness-fueled, kind of way. I also think crafting was a bit of a stand-in for material consumption for me, too – coming from the SF area, I couldn’t afford the pretty things that other girls bought, but I knew I could make them for myself (even if it took me 10 or 20 hours …). It’s been nice shifting my creative pursuits from deficit-enhancing to positives-building. Of course, now the challenge is to protect that mental space and creative focus as much as possible, and not get too swept up in work again! But I remember how I felt when I was down that path, and it’s a great deterrent for not going down it again …

    1. Yes, yes, yes, I completely agree with you on my changed relationship with sewing. I’ve really enjoyed feeling able to learn new techniques that might not immediately produce a wearable piece, or put some more thought into my projects. I hope you’re able to create a little protective bubble around your writing and thoughtful crafting as you re-enter the work world – I could use your advice on how to do it!

  20. I would love to hear more about your experience with non-working. I am about to embark on a similar journey and have trouble trying to explain to people that i am voluntarily deciding not to work for a while. I plan to do some freelance stuff to keep the lights on, but i really want some time to lean out, so to speak.


    1. Hey, I recognize you! 🙂 Nice to hear from you, Kate, and congratulations on your impending time off. I staggered when I told people about my decision, starting first with my best friends and closest coworkers (I had a couple of mentors at my job and felt that I owed them a lot more than two weeks’ notice). I always told people the truth – that I was taking time off to focus on creative stuff and maybe travel, and didn’t really know what was next, job-wise – and would tell them more if they were genuinely interested. I think the only skeptical responses were from people who were either surprised or tend to worry about my well-being; otherwise, lots of people were interested and supportive.

      I hope that helps and I’d love to hear more about your journey – email me!

  21. What an interesting and uplifting post!
    Last April I quit my job, sold my house, my car and most of my belongings and moved to Vancouver Island with a like-minded friend. It was just time for a change. I had a wonderful job, home, friends and family but I had run myself down over the years of single parenting, full time working, owning my own business and part time studying. It took mean several months to heal emotionally and I am just now starting to feel like my real self again. Reading your post and the comments from many others, I am struck how fundamentally similar our experiences have been-right down to baking bread from scratch. I have also been relishing the sewing (and knitting!) time and amazing creative energy. Another big change for me is the increase in the amount of exercise that I get-no vehicle so I walk to do all errands plus I walk my lovely dog at least an hour every day.
    I love that I can live on so little money and with so much less consumption and waste (even though I felt I was not that bad before). Chatting with a neighbour recently, she commented that she felt pretty good about her “footprint” and I realized that I do too! AND I have just stumbled into some sewing work that I can do from home. All this from “just” more time…

    1. I’ve also been struck by how many people are interested in exploring this topic, too! And doing sewing work from home sounds like a dream, especially after years of so many commitments. Best wishes as you travel along your new path!

  22. Wow! I’m so very happy for you. I’m sure it took a lot of courage and husband support to make such a dramatic change. You’ve made some great points I need to consider in my own life.
    I’ve done the reverse and have been frustrated by my increased spending on gas, food, etc…and by how little time I have to be creative. I’m trying to figure out the new normal: what’s really important, to what can I say good-bye, and how to do I fit it all in my new schedule.
    By the way, beautiful sketches. I can’t wait to see all that you explore this year.

    1. Thank you, Jill! It did take a lot of support to finally take action. I hope you’re able to create some balance for yourself. I know I will need to fit more into my schedule as I transition back to working.

  23. This post comes at a good time. I’m miserable in my current job, and I’m starting to think that’s it’s not just this specific job but is this TYPE of job. Moving to a different kind of 9-to-5 sit-on-my-ass-at-the-computer job does not sound appealing at all. I love sewing so much that it’s all I think about, and I resent my day job because it takes time away from what I truly care about. I’m late to work at least twice a week because I can’t tear myself away from the sewing machine in the morning. I don’t have anything much lined up, but I am actually planning on giving my notice next week so I can finally take a break from the simultaneous boredom/stress/misery that accompany my current lifestyle. I hope to focus more on sewing, creating, working out, blogging, building friendships, and taking care of my gross messy home. I’m incredibly excited about it but of course worried about the finances, health insurance, etc etc end of it. It’s encouraging to hear that you’ve found it to be a positive experience in so many ways, so I thank you for sharing your thoughts and making me feel better about it.

    1. Wow, Andrea! That’s really exciting. The logistics can be daunting, but staying in a situation that isn’t right for you can squeeze the life and health out of you. Best of luck this week and holler at me if I can be of help in any way!

  24. What an interesting read Morgan. I’m glad it’s been so positive for you – mentally and physically. It’s an interesting cycle – make less money working, save more at home by having the time and energy to garden more, cook better, shop around and diy. I hope 2014 is a great year for you!

  25. Love this post, Morgan! It’s so nice to read about your updates and I’m inspired by how positive your time off has been — it’s been a while since we chatted about it in person. Which reminds me, I think it’s high time for a get together!

    1. You were and are a huge inspiration for me, Sanae. It really helped me to read your posts on your job and what you’ve pursued since leaving it. And I agree – we need to get together!

  26. I could write a book in response to this post! I am interested to see you are taking stock of life. It’s far better to do it the way you have – in a planned way – than the way I was forced to 4 years ago through ill health. Having to stop for a while enabled me to acknowledge what is of real value in life and consider just how much I really need or want those material goals that are often put in front of us by society and the media. I find a lot of fulfillment in nurturing those around me, including having the time to stop and chat to some of the older members of my community on dog walks, helping friends who are ill themselves or just need a bit of babysitting or a listening ear. I find cooking quite creative (unless I’m under time pressure, then I don’t enjoy it) and have been able to express the sides of me that never got the chance to speak at work. (I had to give up work but continue to do a few bits at home.) I am very fortunate that my husband works extremely hard full-time and currently has the major responsibility of supporting our family, although in the past he has also taken breaks of between 3 and 6 weeks to enjoy summers with us and to re-group mentally, as well. There are so many pleasures to be had in life that are free, or almost free – from looking at a starry sky to drawing, sewing with thrifted materials, sharing a walk or a simple meal, and I can truly say these mean so much more to me than anything I could buy. I really hope you find a happy balance at the end of this time – and I’m sure you’ll never regret going on this journey.

    1. I’d read that book! 🙂

      I actually got my first taste of this sort of life a few years ago when I got laid off. I was traumatized! I felt like I’d been dumped by someone I knew wasn’t right for me, but I was still hurt. But within the first month, I started to see how I’d been given a gift of time. Financially, I wasn’t too well prepared, which is something I wanted to address before taking a break on purpose!

      I’ve been very inspired by your minimalist lifestyle, especially with regards to sewing – when I was distracting myself with shopping, it was often fabric and patterns that I was browsing.

      1. I am getting on well as far as decluttering the house goes and I have a tiny amount of clothes by most people’s standards – but patterns?! Oh no, I bought far too many on sale when I first started sewing again. I’m now feeling that I’d like to have a smaller but better curated collection and am turning my attention that way now. Wish me luck!

  27. Great post. This has been something that has been on my mind a lot recently, probably due to having just had a child. Living a mindful life that fully embodies what I believe is probably the best thing I could do in terms of teaching my son. You are very brave for taking that huge step towards finding the life you truly want to live.

  28. Trading creative time for less money is very worth it, in my book. I quit my full time job a couple years ago to try to open up more space for following the things I really wanted to explore. For a while, that meant a really tight budget, until I could scrape together more freelance work. My husband and I also chose to move closer to his office, so he wouldn’t have a commute. We moved into a tiny 1-bedroom and had to get rid of more than half our stuff, then promptly had a baby! Sometimes it feels a little crazy living in a tiny space, but it’s made it so worth it that my husband can spend an hour or two working on his art, rather than riding the subway. Love this post:)

  29. Thank you so much for this post, I’ve found it really inspiring. I also decided to take a break from work but in order to travel for two months; but things haven’t gone to plan since returning home. I’ve been getting really down about being (unintentionally) unemployed, having too much time without a job to go to each day; but you’ve really made me think about how to use my time and nurture creativity.

  30. I know you wrote this post AGES ago, but I only just came across it when perusing through your older posts. I find it really amazing that you did this—I work for myself, in a creative field, but I keep finding myself getting really wrapped up in taking on a lot of projects just for money. And I’m realizing I’m not too happy with it. I haven’t been working long, so I don’t feel like I “deserve” a break, but I think that if I were working on half the amount I currently am, I would be much happier. But then, of course, I’d also be making half as much money (though if I raise my rates to what I want to be paid, I wouldn’t be). But I’ve realized much the same thing—I don’t need that much money to live. I don’t have that many expenses, and I’m a huge homebody so I don’t even feel the need to go out very much. I definitely want to take stock of the food buying thing (tons of food goes bad in this house. It gets lost in the fridge) and try and cut back even further where I can, because I’m really realizing that time is way more important to me than money.

    1. Hey Sara! Thanks for reading and commenting on this post. I spent the first four years out of college working in a corporate creative job and not feeling quite right. I’d spent so much time trying to get good grades to get into a good college so I could find a good job – and once I had achieved that, I just didn’t have much direction. Since then, I’ve worked for myself, worked for another big company, and recently started a new contract job and I think I’m finally figuring out what sort of rhythm I need. I think it’s great that you’re figuring out what feels right to you earlier in your career and how you want to balance making money and free time. And since you work for yourself, you’re probably in an awesome position to experiment. Keep me posted!

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