Edited: After initially publishing this post, I did decide to pull it down and edit it. Sometimes I am a little too honest, and I felt like I shared a little bit too much.
Ran this morning at 5:30 a.m.
Distance: 7 miles
Time: 58 minutes
It was a good run—no pain, which always makes me happy. But man it is still chilly in the mornings; it was 32*F this morning. My lungs never bother me in the cold air, but they hurt a little bit this morning, which was odd.
Last spring, I decided I was going to resign from teaching as a elementary physical education teacher. I wanted to do something different. . . . .something completely different. Well, now I am in home mortgage!
I knew that if I was going to do a complete 180 degree change in career fields, I was going to have to start with something entry-level and at the bottom of the ladder. I knew I would have to work my way up, and I was okay with that and excited about the new opportunities.
With an entry level, it also meant I had to take a significant pay cut. I ended up cutting my yearly salary by $15,000. Anyone knows that huge! But I often wonder, was it worth?
I ended up teaching for a total of four years, and as with any job, it has its ups and downs, but there were a lot of perks: decent pay, I didn’t have to sit at a desk all day, summers off, and the content was something I am very passionate about.
Currently at my job, I like that I leave work at work, it is stress-free, I’ve made some good friends, but of course I am strapped to a desk all day and took that large pay cut. The other thing is that since I am in an entry-level job, I am not using my degree and not really passionate about the content. For right now it is a job and it pays the bills. I always told myself I wasn’t going to care how much I was paid–just as long as I liked it. But a real-life situation makes me reconsider this.
I go back and forth on whether or not it was worth it, and I still can’t decide. Of course now as summer approaches I dream about my carefree days of being a “professional” (in my mind) runner, getting enough sleep, spending 2-3 weeks visiting my family and friends in Minnesota, and having more time to spend with Craig in the evenings.
I realize you can’t have it all, but it seems like there could be a happy medium??
Who else has taken a rather large pay cut at their job? Please share your experiences!