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Life Changes I Experience After Resignation

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How Life Look Like After Resigning from the Job

My friends and family have been asking me how my life changed after I resigned from the teaching job. Many are worried whether i would get bored in the future if I always stay at home.

It has just been around a month since the last day I came to school, so I cannot actually say much whether I truly enjoyed it or got bored by being at home.

The eighth of June was the last day and then after that we had a long semester break, which feels like … semester break, lol. But then on the 26th of June, when my husband was about to start his semester break, my ex-colleagues started to come to work (yes, our schools have different holidays, which made it very complicated for us to arrange a family event together, and that is one of the reasons why I wanted to leave). I checked some of their Whatsapp statuses and saw how new life begins in the school. In which I did while I was having my comfortable warm breakfast at home.

Surely, there are a lot of changes. I would like to tell you about them in this post, and also my strategy in order to make my life not as boring as people expect.

4 Life Changes I Experience and, I Believe, More are Coming

1. Calmer Mornings

Alhamdulillah, Praise to God, that now I have more relaxed mornings.

When I was working at school, my morning was spent ironing the outfits for the day. I didn’t understand why ironing could take so much time. I didn’t even have time to carefully prepare my breakfast, which gave me the dilemma. I arrived at school at 6 a.m. while most people might still be enjoying their day at home. And I immediately begin to check on things in my work.

After I resigned, my mornings are calmer. I can wake up very much earlier in the morning, maybe because I am happy that I don’t have to go to school. I can pray calmly, and prepare breakfast for me and my husband. I can even prepare a breakfast box for my husband almost everyday. I do the ironing twice a week, so I don’t have to iron the uniforms everyday. My husband still go to work at 6 a.m., but by then most of my house chores are already done.

After my husband leaves the house, I head to the garden. I water the plants, clean the garden, get rid of the snails, and cultivate one or two items everyday. Most importantly, I can just sit in my backyard garden and listen to the birds. What a life!

2. Having More Time for Personal Projects

A lot of people have been asking me, what do you do at home? My typical response is, well I cook, i clean the house, i do gardening, I blog, I can do whatever my heart wants. I feel like I have plenty of time doing my personal projects. And also I have more time to do collaborative projects with my husband or my sisters.

3. Having Opportunity to Travel More

Since I can arrange my own schedule, I can arrange more travels. I can visit my parents-in-law more often without thinking much about jobs I need to finish at school.

I can arrange more travels regarding my personal projects, like I am planning to do library jumping with my sister in July. More adventures are coming soon. Yeah!

4. Being More Mindful about Money

After resignation, I no longer have a steady income. All expenses are covered solely by my husband’s income. You might think of this as a limitation. For me, however, it makes me become more mindful about what I buy and how I spend money. It also led me to learn zero waste principals, which I would like to tell you in another post. It makes me appreciate my husband more and love him more.

How Not to Get Bored Being At Home Full Time

1. Making Personal Projects

Before I made a proposal for my resignation to my family, I had already thought about this matter. I am not going to simply have the usual boring life of a housewife. I wanted my life to be more colourful and adventurous.

My strategy is to create and prepare projects that I want to do for each month. So far I have already 16 projects to go, and more are coming. Each project has a specific goal. And each goal reached, I would give myself a reward.

2. More Involvement in Communities

I am fully aware that, even though I am an introvert, I would still need other human beings to satisfy my social needs. That’s why I choose to be more active in communities I already joined. I also started to join new classes, which would expose me to more people. I engaged more with friends, family, and relatives.

I look forward to seeing how my life changes after this resignation. Life in dunya is short, so why don’t we focused on what matters most.
Nia M Wardani
Hi! Call me Nia. I am a former teacher with ten years of teaching experience. I left formal teaching and found my peace through private tutoring, blogging, and gardening. My mission is to help other teachers improve their lives. Let's get in touch through my Instagram @nmwardani

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