I'd say GO FOR IT!! The less is more approach to life can be
somewhat limiting in some regards but the rewards are great.
Simplicity can be a magnificent beast and it's really much better
on the nerves than waiting for the job to disappear from
Bravo! Yes! If you don't have too many responsibilities to kids or
family, then I think that it is not possible, it's imperative if you
have the desire. Life is short, don't die with regrets.
I just took the leap -- I quit a $60k/year job with bennies and
vacation time, and went back to working for myself. I had done it for
15 years as a writer, and that's what I'm doing again: writing, and
now add metalsmith work. My first art show is at the end of this
Michael had it right: simplicity in life is wonderful and I am so
glad to be back LIVING a more simple life -- the corporate speed race
was just sapping to my spirit. I had forgotten the joys of reading
the news, having coffee with my husband, taking an hour walk with the
dog in the gorgeous Sonoran Desert, working for hours uninterrupted
at my bench or on my computer, cooking great meals...all things
impossible before because of the 12-plus hour days and exhaustion.
The "secret" to doing so is not secret. We live simply. We have 20
acres in the Sonoran Desert off the grid -- way out in the middle of
nowhere -- and generate power with solar panels; have our own well;
propane; and in no regards are we Bohemian -- I have a full Mac
computer and communications system with satellite, WI-FI throughout
our compound for wireless access for notebook computers and printers,
and boosters for cellular reception. Bit by bit we are paying cash
building our house but in the meantime live in a 400 square foot
cottage and 2 large workshops...and having a half a million acre back
yard/"living room" really helps.
We have an old Land Cruiser and a Toyota Truck (no Lexuses here!),
have a major medical insurance plan with a health savings account,
don't over-consume at Costco, but do spend all we want on books and
music (8 bookcases are crammed into my workshop waiting for our
future home!!). Is it scary? Yes! But the joys outweigh the fright,
believe me. I can always take a sales job or pick up more writing
work if things get tight.
We recently had a party and so many of our acquaintances and friends
were "charmed" by our "wonderful simple lifestyle" and several said
they wished they could do what we do...i look at their lives with
3000-square-foot houses, Lexus SUVs, massive buying habits to
"decorate" their fancy homes -- one just spent $10K on WHITE carpet
-- blah blah blah. The truth is, they CAN'T do it! That's the sad
So go for it....if you want to, you can do it. Sorry for the rambles
here....too much caffeine this a.m.!