03-07-2011, 05:03 PM
Join Date: Jan 2011
| | Re: Wife and Work
I'm going to throw this out there because I am in the process of re-examining career, doing lots of reading, and suffer from burn-out. Maybe rather than venting, your wife can start to plan for a career move that can get her to a job she wants to be in? It may not occur right away, but maybe the planning itself can be good. In the meantime, might her job let her telecommute once a week - get lots of work done and don't have to deal with co-workers!
I see so many people older than me dissatisfied with their jobs but keeping on going. I also figure if my wife and I have been able to survive on one salary (mine) for so long, what if my wife and I both worked part-time - say 4 days a week? I think life has a lot more to offer. Maybe its easier said than done, but if we make this our goal, can we accomplish this in a few years?
Where I used to live, the cost of living and attitudes were a bit different and many couples lived with one-and-one-half jobs and seemed very happy. Where I live now, people seem to work themselves into the ground so they can have "enough" square feet in their house or live in the right neighborhood. As an economist, I ask myself, does the value of what we buy with the money make up for the personal cost of the work we do to earn the money? If the answer is no, I have to look for a different way of doing things ...