Going Back to School – Picking Joy over Money

So I recently quit my job…

Then I got offered, and accepted, another job.

Then an amazing grad school opportunity came up

so I quit that second job and decided to go back to school.

Now, I’m not encouraging you to just start quitting jobs left and right. One because it makes you look flakey, and two because it’s probably not the most financially responsible thing. For me though, it was the most emotionally responsible thing to do, so I did it.

The debate between emotions vs finances is an difficult conflict. Money doesn’t buy happiness, but money does make life easier and thus less upsetting. It’s challenging to consider what is more important.

  • Going on vacations, or liking your everyday job that doesn’t pay you enough to take vacations.
  • Loving what you do during the workday but having a boring night life because you don’t have discretionary dollars to spend.
  • Struggling now for hopes of a bigger future, or being comfortable today and accepting the present trajectory of your life.

My fiancé and I decided we value emotional health over financial health, and it feels really scary. Quitting not one, but two stable jobs in the hope of having a better career after graduation. We decided to chase our dreams, and chase them we shall.

It’s crazy exciting. It’s also been incredible to feel the faith others around me have in us to  make this change happen. The outpouring of love is beyond measure.

I’m going to start school in January, and I’ve accepted a graduate assistantship. This things are getting me one step closer to the future I hope and dream of for myself and my family. Right now the path forward looks like a solid, uphill battle, but I’ve always wanted to go hiking.

Thus says the Lord, Your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go.” -Isaiah 48:17

Where are you being lead? What next step are you not taking? Whats the big life choice that would make you happy?

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Allysha is a Jesus loving wife living in Lafayette, IN. Currently a graduate student at IUPUI, she spends her free time writing, crafting & dabbling in photography. You can find Allysha on her personal blog, allyshalynn.com, or blogging with her husband at tayloredtogether.blog, as well as all over the internet @allyshalynnblog.

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