Good Hands for the Good Life + My Good Life Story

by Marcy on June 5, 2013 · 0 comments

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In late 2005 I was pregnant with my first child and working full time. My husband and I were both fortunate enough to have good jobs, and I truly believed that I would be a career person even after the birth of our daughter. I was raised to believe that I could do it all.

My husband and I knew that there was a slim chance that I would want to stay at home once the baby arrived, so we did what we could to prepare by paying down debt as much as possible. I also saved up enough money to “pay myself” during a portion of my extended maternity leave that would be unpaid.

Once we had our daughter a crazy thing happened. I couldn’t fathom leaving my child. I’m not going to say that this was healthy or normal or that everything was roses all of the time, but in my heart of hearts I knew that I wanted to stay at home with my daughter full time.

That being said, we still had bills and student loan debt and I couldn’t seem to make the loss of my income work out on paper. I was extremely blessed to have a wonderful boss who agreed to let me come back to work part time, which I did for 6 months.

After 6 months of stressing and fretting and ultimately making myself physically ill, my husband and I decided to take the plunge. I quit my job in December of 2006 and to this day I can honestly say it’s one of the hardest (and best) decisions that I have ever made.

Logic told us that I shouldn’t quit. I had a part time gig and a nice income. I had worked hard to earn my undergraduate and graduate degrees over the course of 8 years – and as one of the first members of my family to do so, some members of my family weren’t too thrilled about me “throwing away” my education to stay at home. And honestly? I never saw myself as a stay at home mom. I didn’t even take home economics in high school! :-)

For whatever reason this is my path in life, and there was no point in my resisting that. I feel that I was meant to leave my corporate job to stay at home with my kids.  I was meant to start this blog, which has ended up being one of the biggest blessings and best “accidents” of my life. Not to mention I have learned countless lessons as a small business owner and have gained life skills that will surely benefit me some day – all while having a flexible enough schedule to spend the amount of time that I want to with my kids. Quitting my job was a risk – but we were able to adapt and have come out on the other side in a happier place.

To me, living the good life means living the life you were meant to live – listening to that inner voice that is speaking to you rather than comparing yourself to others and doing what you think they want you to do.

The folks at Allstate know that life is full of risks and challenges and that sometimes bad things happen to good people. Rather than waiting for the bad to happen, Allstate is choosing to focus on the good – by rewarding good drivers and forgiving those who have a rare accident. You can learn more about the Allstate Good Life here.

 

What is your good life story? What steps have you taken – or are you taking – to live the life that you want to live?

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