Why I quit my job…and a little about me

12 Jul

Last month Carrie and I started a new Category called LIFE.  We restructured our old posts and moved everything related to our lives in the LIFE category.  When I looked at the prior blog posts that were moved to LIFE…it was a big shock!  Carrie had been very open about sharing her life but I hardly ever spoke about myself and let others in.  So I’d like to share a little more about myself so you can know me better.

Very soon, Carrie and I will be making more changes to our blog.  One of those changes will include adding About Me pages for each of us…so if you keep reading below you will not only learn more about my life but also get a sneak peak at my future About Me page.  :)

Who is Angie?

Well that has changed recently. I used to be very ambitious and a workaholic.  I started my first company and bought my first house all before I was 30.  All on my own.

I used to take such pride in that.  I don’t so much now.  Over the years the long work hours and stress have taken their toll.  I’ve realized a little late that making money is important but doing something you enjoy and spending time with family and friends is even more important.

I can’t tell you the times I’ve missed important holidays or events because of my demanding work schedule.

Three years ago, I started questioning whether sitting behind a computer 12 hours a day and staring at financial reports was what life was really all about?  I finally took the plunge in April 2011 saying goodbye to Corporate America — and quit my job.

It was a big leap of faith but I knew there had to be something better for me out there.  I’d rather make less money, enjoy life AND do something I LOVE.  I started working straight out of high school and even worked while putting myself through college.  I haven’t been unemployed in almost 20 years – it should feel scary but it feels so liberating!

I want earn a living doing something creative and imaginative like writing, making art, restoring antiques and making furniture.  Even renovate our home.  I have no idea how I’ll make money at it but I’m not nervous.   I’m very excited about what the future may hold. I’m sure there will ups and downs but I finally have freedom!

Beside my questionable midlife crisis, what else is there to know about me?  The main thing is I love to travel.

I read this quote from Cher once about being poor.  “Going hungry never bothered me – it was having no clothes”.  That is how I feel about traveling.  I would give up my last dollar to travel above all else.

From a young child, I have wanted to see the world and so far I have done a pretty good job of it.  I even had the opportunity of living in Mexico with my husband and it was the most exhilarating time of my life.

New experiences, different cultures.  I hope to one day do something like that all over again.

My husband and I are newly weds and how I met him is a quite an interesting story.

The short version is that for 10 years our very best friends all knew each other but he and I never met or even heard of each other.  Then one day, we all happened to all collide one evening by accident.

It was kismet we actually finally met.

Later we analyzed historical events like our mutual friend’s weddings and it turned out, I had missed the events he attended and he missed the one’s I attended.  It is rather perplexing how things orchestrated and we always missed meeting each other.  Maybe there was a reason for us not discovering each other earlier.  Timing is always everything.

Sometimes I feel like the only woman in the world that ever felt this way…but I actually never had a burning desire to get married.  I loved being single and had such a happy fulfilled life.  They always say you find that perfect someone “when you aren’t looking”.  That is exactly what happened to me. I wasn’t looking and then along he came.

From there on out we did everything backwards.  It seemed perfect to us but to everyone else it was not only backwards but… strange.

So here is how it played out.  Met and fell in love.  Moved to Mexico.

Lived together.  (“Lived in sin” as my mother-in-law likes to refer to that period).  Moved and lived several other places together including Texas and California.  Eloped and got married two years ago.

They say you live and learn and boy I have.  I wish I’d married years ago!   I love being married.  Perhaps I had a lot of growing up to do before?   I am so glad I finally opened myself up to the idea of marriage.

What else about me? My husband and I are from Austin, Texas but have lived in Los Angeles the last couple years and have two dogs (Havanese), Oscar and Arnold, who are the loves of our life.

We love our little furry children and can’t imagine life without them.  I know I’m a biased little momma but I cant help thinking they are the cutest, smartest and sweetest dogs on the planet.

I hope you will enjoy sharing my journey and the start of my new life.  I am very fortunate to write for TwoFriendsTwoCities with my amazing partner and friend… Carrie.   Carrie and I started TwoFriendsTwoCities in August 2010 and it has been such a rewarding experience sharing ideas, projects and our lives…and along the way meeting so many amazing people.

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4 Responses to “Why I quit my job…and a little about me”

  1. morissa July 13, 2011 at 5:01 am #

    Great post! Thanks for sharing. I can not tell you how much I can relate…I too have dreams of quitting my corporate profession to pursue a creative career. I admire your courageousness!

    • Angie & Carrie July 15, 2011 at 11:16 am #

      Thanks Morissa! It hasn’t been that easy living on one income (my husband’s) but we are both so happy! I also realize now how much $$ we wasted on things we thought we needed but we really didn’t. Now I get to spend more time with my husband and love working on creative things. I have no doubt I’ll soon be bringing in income doing something I love. If you ever take the plunge, let me know how it goes. I would love to hear your story. –Angie

  2. Erika January 11, 2012 at 10:25 am #

    I stumbled upon your blog today, and it’s love at first sight, for sure! After going thru almost all of your projects and crazily making lists of ones to start immediately, I fell onto this post about your love story, life, and creative ambition. I feel as though you are writing about my life in so many ways I am actually a little freaked out! I met my husband (just celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary this past Saturday-Yay!) literally, under the exact same circumstances, and we have had the kind of life together that is blissfully un-perfect, but I what I believe is ultimately the kind of love most people look their whole lives for. I am very creative and love to try-and fail- my hand at all things DIY, especially rescuing old furniture and crafts for my two little girls and new addition- A BOY! According to my friends I am super talented and could easily make a living doing what I love but I’ve been a slave to a very good paycheck and 12 hour days for almost a decade now and have always been too afraid I can’t hack it this type of career to actually afford raising my three little ones and have a fulfilled life. However…I am so genuinely inspired by “meeting you” today that i just know I am not only capable but totally equipped to this for myself and my family! I really mean that! Your style, attitude, outlook on life is so similar to the way I feel about so many things that I just feel like reading just this tiny glimpse of your journey has given me the kick in the pants to get this going and do it well for myself and the future of my family!!! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, from the bottom of my heart for being so open and sharing your thoughts and feelings on this, I am excited to continue following your life, and Good Luck to you!!!

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