I have been working since I was eleven. I worked to pay for my school clothes. I worked all the way through college, trimming my course load to make sure I had several full 9-5 days to spend in the office. After graduation, I had to keep working and paying the student loan bills. There were short stints between jobs — a month or two of freelance work. Time between jobs and time spent looking for jobs.
Thursday September 29th will be my last day at work. I have no plans to return. I promise myself that for at least 100 days, I will not do any paid work in my chosen career. No design, no coding, no marketing of any kind. No clients, and especially no boss!
Where did I get this number? 100 is the number of days that Washington State mandates be taken away from an employer you have been on (a benefits free) contract with for for 1 year. My husband did at least 3 of these rounds away from Microsoft. They were wonderful times where I would come home to a clean house and dinner on the table. He worked on all sorts of projects and the weekends were free for us to enjoy each other. I was always a little jealous. Now it’s my turn.