The Joy of the Do Over

The other day I went to lunch with a friend who is working on becoming debt free and simplifying her life overall. I asked her how it was going.

“Ugh,” she said. “Well, I told you that Herman took a sabbatical so he could teach for six months, right?” Teaching was, her husband believed, his calling and he was excited to step off the corporate fast track to mold young minds so he took a paid sabbatical to try it out.

“Well, two days in the classroom and he said he wished he were back in his cubicle.”

“Well, he can go back,” I reminded her.

“Yeah, but he was so sure that this was what he wanted to do,” she said. “He’s s


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4 Responses to The Joy of the Do Over

  1. Tic Toc says:

    Thank you. This is a great post. I’m going to print it and keep it to refer to often.

  2. SaveBuyLive says:

    I really sympathize with your friend regarding finding the right vocation. I’m in the process of trying to figure out what I’m supposed to do with myself career wise. Many of the things I thought I wanted to do turned out to be less than enthralling options.

    I usually tell myself to just keep on trying. It’s really reassuring to hear someone else say this and then point out that it actually worked for them.

  3. Jay Gatsby says:

    The problem is that once you have your act together, your friends who don’t have theirs together will look at you and see how easy you have it today. They can’t/won’t see the kind of crazy work it took to get where you are.

  4. Stacy Adcock says:

    Jay, I made sure my friends knew all the mess we went thru while paying off debt, I complained, emailed, fused, cried and preached to anyone who’d listen. Now when we say our budget won’t allow us to do something, nobody says another word; they’re afraid it’ll get me started again 😉 But hearing about our struggles also helps my friends stay on their debt payoff wagon too. Great article!

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