Oh for the love of money

Sitting Up, painting by Otto Eerelman, 1839-1926.

Sitting Up, painting by Otto Eerelman, 1839-1926.

If only I could confirm life after leaving work is everything it’s cracked up to be: sitting around in the sunshine, long walks in the park, catch-ups with friends at all those little cafes around town, plotting one’s future financial successes. The truth is living the leisurely life is, er… hard work. I’m ready to jump back into the workforce full-throttle.

Sure there are times when I’ve thought that if I could I would live like this for as long as I can. But therein lies the rub. Who can afford to sit around earning nought?

Not me. Staring a life of frugality in the face on a daily basis is not a future worth contemplating. So after giving myself permission to take a few months off to regain that second wind, to whip myself into shape, I’ve decided to put myself out there in earnest. Yes, I’ve polished up the resume and I’m applying for jobs.

Why bother you ask when you’re taking off overseas? Well, there’s no guarantee those plans will come off, so if I see a job worthy of an application I’ve decided to go for it.

If they want me, they’ll wait until I get that overseas volunteer post out of my system. Instead of starting the job yesterday, I’ll start it tomorrow.

You see I have learnt some lessons from the past. Work-life balance, respect for one’s time, one’s expertise is what I’m about these days. When a company says jump, I plan to say for how much?

Yes, I know this line of thinking is bucking the business trend right now. Post-GFC is all about do more for less but when you’ve been doing more, and more, and more for more than two decades, how much more can you realistically give at a discount?

I’ll settle for less for sure, I’ll have to but I do expect fewer hours to be tied to that pay slip.

If not, Panama [http://expatsparadise.com/panama/pros-cons-of-living-in-panama] could be looking very attractive, a place where one can relocate for work and find balance in a society that lives extremely well, and pays well thanks to its tax haven status!

Judy Wilkinson is a freelance journalist who will be in Panama in April to explore how companies run their business economically, without heavy restrictions, regulations, or taxes that hinder growth.


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