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Feeling the need for a change of direction in life

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whatistheplan Tue 28-Jun-11 00:09:01

Hi, can anyone give me any advice/encouragement?

I've recently got back from a Church weekend away with younger children, I had an amazing time and it's made me really consider a lot of things, mainly whether I am doing the right thing with my life. I love volunteering, I have worked with people in other roles but it's the doing something for someone/a group that really needs it and not expecting to be paid that makes it for me, probably selfish in a way but I get as much out of it as I put in.

So, I really want to give up work and volunteer in a few things, mainly with the Church, to make a difference. I'm not a career person, I know this, employment stresses me out and I haven't ever pin-pointed why although I enjoy my current job as much as possible. I am also trying to conceive at the moment and I want to be able to stay home with my baby when the time comes.

So, this is all perfect but then reality strikes. Money would be too tight if I did this, we would need an extra £100-£200 per month. I thought about working a couple of shifts a week, just to get the extra cash ecessary to make life comfortable rather than a struggle.

I worry that people will think I am crazy, but I know my talent lies in voluntary work and children, I just think they will think I am wasting my life sad

Has anyone ever done this, how can I make ends meet and cope with any negativity and tough times? My husband is very supportive. I've felt like this for a couple of years but this weekend has just made it more obvious. I am considering it very prayerfully but need some more opinions.

Sorry if this is too much of a vague post

girlscout Tue 28-Jun-11 13:12:47

Suggest you stay at work until your pregant in order to get proper benefits,also work should be open while you are on mat.leave and you will be able to assess what direction you want to go towards. I think you have a few life changing things on your wish list and you should consider them together.
Does your current paid job have an element of potential community involvement in it. Community work doesnt have yto be free and it could still be self supporting.

whatistheplan Wed 29-Jun-11 19:40:54

Thanks smile There isn't really the potential for the community involvement in my current role but I will see how it goes with getting pregnant, I had thought about leaving work to stay at home with my baby and organise volunteering around it, i'm not sure. I don't want to leave work in the lurch either

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