I have to say that I scratch my head when people “take a year off” or plan big travel trips when they’re laid off work. I’d be hyperventilating if I suddenly had no foreseeable source of income. I came across a food blog today and in the description of the writer, she says:
….who moved to the Bay Area in late 2007 with my French husband and recently traded in a job in Public Relations to take photographs, cook, write and travel.
Well, how NICE for her.
Is this jealousy? Envy? YES!
But it’s also sheer stupefication and now people can actually pull this off. I guess I could probably do it with some serious adjustments to my lifestyle–turn in the nice car, drink cheaper wine, stay in more modest hotels, eat out less, quit the gym, stop buying cookbooks and kitchen gadgetry, fire the housekeeper?
For a couple years now I’ve seriously debated taking six months off to attend Tante Marie, a French cooking school in SF. That’s far less of a commitment than most, which are two year AA programs. It costs about $20,000. But I’m frozen in fear…six months of no income, plus the expense of school…then WHAT?