This is my last week at my current job. Am I nervous? Yes. Am I changing my mind? No.

 

Right now I have a really great job. The kind of job that most people would kill for. You see, I work for the federal government. It offers security, stability, and great benefits. So then why am I leaving?

 

I want more.

 

Just because society says having a good 9-5 job is necessary to be a proper “adult,” doesn’t mean that there aren’t other options out there.

 

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Why I Quit My 9-To-5 Job

 

In the last couple of years, I’ve finally started realizing what it is that I want to do with my life. Part of that means establishing and reaching little goals along the way. One of those goals is to become location independent. That means not being chained to a desk five days a week.

 

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Why I Quit My 9-To-5 Job

 

Now I’m not saying that I’m going to sell all of my stuff and travel from place to place. The debate of whether I should do that or not has gone back and forth in my head for awhile. But like I’ve said in previous posts, I just don’t think that lifestyle is for me. I like my stuff. I like having a home and bed to come home to. So essentially, I want to have a home base that I can travel back and forth to.

 

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Why I Quit My 9-To-5 Job

 

A couple of months ago, I found out through a friend about a private company that was looking to hire someone to help them with data research. The great thing about this job? Most days I would be able to do my work from home. After some talks, submitting a resume, and an interview… I was offered the position.

 

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Why I Quit My 9-To-5 Job

 

For most people, going from a government job to a private company is just plain silly. What about the years I’ve put in towards retirement? What about the benefits I’ll lose? What if the company tanks? These are all things I’ve considered. But at the end of the day, this new opportunity feels like a step in the right direction.

 

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Why I Quit My 9-To-5 Job

 

Some people won’t understand my decision. Some may even judge me. But that’s ok. I know I’m doing what’s best for me and taking the baby steps towards reaching my many goals.

 

Have you ever made a career choice that was scary or that others didn’t agree with? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂