Normally the tone of this blog is “casual farm-y talk and information”. I don’t delve much into the personal (human) lives on the farm. I figure you come here to learn about running a small family farm, not learn THAT much about me.
I will digress today.
Mark and I both work full-time jobs in the city in addition to raising two very young girls and managing and growing our small farm. Needless to say our days are long and full with many things left undone. And it often times creates a feeling of not being able to give anything our 100% best effort or undivided attention.
Mark works for the Federal Government and works from home two days a week and drives in the other three days. When he drives in it is about 160 miles roundtrip! He’s been with them his whole career (20 plus years) and it has been a great, stable and (mostly) rewarding job for him.
I work in technology as a project manager. I’ve had the luxury of being able to change companies, industries and from employee to contractor and back whenever I needed a change. My commute involves five different modes of transportation (feet, car, ferry, bus and vanpool) to get to work and THREE hours a day of commuting.
Mark and I have decided to pull the trigger on our long planned for move out of the corporate world. We have both given our notices to our employers.
Our last day in our offices will be February 1st. J
We definitely are not going into this blindly. We have been working our small acreage since 2006. We’ve saved money like it is going out of style. We’ve honed our budget to a razor’s edge. We feel as ready as we’ll ever be to take this leap – and we are!
What can go wrong? Well, plenty. From financial burdens, to driving each other crazy, to the kids driving US crazy and more. But, we feel confident in our intelligence, work ethic, creativity and frugality that we can ride out most storms. And if something REALLY goes sideways? Well, than there is Plan B.
Plan B is me going back to contract work!