Episode 152- To Hull And Back

Most of my biggest decisions are taken on a Thursday. I was born on a Thursday so maybe it’s connected?

Anyway, I had a high pressure, high preparation, contentious and stressful work commitment in Hull on Wednesday. I have nothing against Hull, it’s a fine Yorkshire town and only one county away from where I grew up in Lancashire. But it’s not the Aude. This is.

So I have refined my new “work from France” plan further. I will cut out my established commitments for travelling all over the UK and which I intended to honour from our French base.

I reasoned that I could continue to work this way and coming back to the UK regularly means I could see lots of my family and friends. No. I have taken a long, hard look at the reality of this situation and I will be too busy/tired/frantic to spend any quality time with anybody if it’s wrapped around a big work commitment.

It’s time to put those sober suits away. I’ve given it years of my life.

I felt my full age and then some when I got back on Wednesday night. It’s time to walk away from the lucrative but intense aspect of my high profile day job and step back. I will still offer my expertise and knowledge and support and advice. But I will do it from home; in the Aude.

This is huge. My skill-set is so highly specialised that I will be taking a critical resource from a poorly served  sector. But it’s time. Walk away.


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Artist, period home maker, renovator, restorer, Francophile. My mission is to save the old stuff, one beautiful piece at a time
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19 Responses to Episode 152- To Hull And Back

  1. Must find the courage and the way to do the same. In due course.

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  2. poshbirdy says:

    Well done. This is a huge change but you have really earned it. Very excited for you xxx


  3. Having also chucked in a lucrative job to pursue writing and the enjoyment of life I still, occasionally, wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat and wonder if I haven’t gone completely mad. The answer, after a few deep breaths, is always ‘Yes, but what the hell.’

    With hard work, diligence and keeping the eyes and ears open something usually turns up even though it may not quite match the original plan. There is, however, every chance it might be even better.


  4. Colin Bisset says:

    Saying no to one thing is saying yes to something else – fresh energy and new experiences. Bravo!

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  5. francetaste says:

    Good luck. I had a very hard time walking away from my job. I missed the people, the intellectual discussions that among such co-workers were just normal and not “intellectual” and the feeling of having extremely difficult problems set in front of me and being able to untangle them. But the 16-hour days were incompatible with a new baby, and I don’t regret the time I got to spend bringing up my child.
    With so many businesses and services going online and being done remotely, you may find yourself at the vanguard of a new way to do your work. And if it’s something that is underserved, then your doing it remotely is a way to spread your skills over a larger geographic area without putting yourself through a lot of travel time. In other words, it might turn out to be win-win.
    In other news, the new waiter at Félix (I recognize the chairs in the photo) is utterly charming. Before, le Carnot had the monopoly on friendly, pleasant waiters, but now the young guy at Félix is giving them competition. These people who complain about rude French waiters have never been to Place Carnot, bastion of service with a smile.

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    • Thank you. And that last paragraph is absolutely true.

      My area of expertise applies only to the UK, but elements of it can be done without FTF being essential.
      I’m sure I’ll wobble, but at least I know that there are folk out there who have been there and taken a step to remote working.

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  6. Chris says:

    Brilliant I agree walk away and work from your home in the Aude. You will love the reduced pressure it is time to relax a little and go with the French way of life.

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  7. Osyth says:

    Wow. That is, indeed a huge decision. It is the right decision of course … trying to do it all would simply be a recipe for folding from the middle and collapsing in no short time but it is enormously hard to walk away from not just money but the time and effort you have put into your career. The Aude will envelop you and shelter and protect you as you go through what will be a period of adjustment, not just to living in a different country, but more importantly changing your whole pace and mood of life. X

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  8. Ellen A. says:

    About to do very much the same next month – giving up the suits and the higher salary for freedom and life in France. I’m sure we are making the right decision. Throw off the bow lines!

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  9. Lynda says:

    When I read your news I totally understood. But there were other things to consider if you had continued this endeavor like wear and tear on your vehicle, gas, maintenance, costs to stay over, your sanity! In consideration of those costs how much were you really earning? Life is short; it’s time to enjoy it.

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  10. Wow! Good for you. I guess it was inevitable, sooner or later. We’ll done for being brave enough to do it now. Bon courage!

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  11. Bev says:

    It is very difficult to walk away from income, I know as I left my full time job to move to France!! But health and wellbeing are more important and I hope you will be able to have a peaceful life here xx

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