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    Did going primal make you want to quit your job?

    Ever since going primal, I have REALLY wanted to leave my job! I sit at a desk all day! While my job can be fairly challenging/exciting, it doesn't make up for the fact that I'd rather be home playing, cooking and exercising...does anyone else feel like this?

    I have 45 minute commute each way, and many days I only get to see my daughter for 30 minutes (she's 9 months and goes to bed at 6 p.m.!) I think partly I just miss her...but does anyone have words of wisdom? We aren't in a place, financially, for me to stay at home right now. But I want to work towards it!

    Obviously Grok didn't work in an office, so I don't want to either! But Grok also didn't have to pay rent/mortgage or pay for his grass fed meats...such is life.
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    I didn't so much want to quit my job (I love what I do) as not hafta commute so far and work for a company that did my preferred specialty andweren't a bunch of ***holes. After being laid off twice, and fired for being overqualified once, I found a job I'm happy at. 7-15 min commute; I could bike if I really needed to; and I love the work.
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    i originally wanted to quit my job. well, i wanted to switch to something like hiking guide, forest ranger, or something that got me moving out in the woods. but, i found a different desk job that i really love and can incorporate a lot of primal aspects except for the exercise bits. i'm friends with the other five professionals in my office, have a moderate sized, tight-knit staff that i laugh and use my brain with, i have a ton of freedom and autonomy, and if i feel like breaking my fast our dining halls (i work at a college) have tons of paleo-ish options...so i'm still hitting some major points.
    a shorter commute would be nice though.

    i'm actually really happy i didn't find a job that involved any of my favorite hobbies, like hiking; i don't want to see hiking as work, or i might not like it as much. that's not the same as being a stay at home mom...but i think it's related. i hear from a lot of people who have tried working and staying home, and they seem to appreciate the time with their children more when it's broken up by work.
    i can see how you would be missing your daughter though. looks like you hardly get to see her at all after work.

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    I have work that's more flexible now and fulfills a lot of the "use your brain" part of primal, so I feel pretty satisfied. If I had a normal desk job like I did before, I'd feel less satisfied, but with my job I can take my laptop outside and work, go wander in the park and do some planning in my head while I walk, and so on. I'm not tied to one place or one environment, so despite the fact that I still spend a lot of time with my computer, I feel like I have much more freedom.
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    no, it's my alarm clock that makes me want to quit. it's my rent & whole foods habit that keeps my coming back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jakey View Post
    no, it's my alarm clock that makes me want to quit. it's my rent & whole foods habit that keeps my coming back.
    So true. Good points to everyone! Knifegill...I'm scared.

    I'm hoping that in a few years I can stay home but also be a childbirth educator and perhaps a doula, as that's where my passion lies. Not much money in it!
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    I'm a WAHM with two young kids, but I left my "real" job long before I went Primal. I was tired of the grind. Tired of meeting deadlines. Tired of working hard just to make someone else money. I felt exhausted every day, and I didn't even have kids at that point!

    Leaving my "real" job was the best decision of my life, mostly because I hated my work. Now I do what I love on my own terms. Nothing could be better, even if the work I do is still a desk job (I'm a writer).

    It's a worthwhile goal to pursue a career you love, even if it means financially struggling for a while, and especially if it means spending time with your kids. While there are working moms who need the break from their children that a job provides, some moms crave more time with their children. If that's your situation, then start taking steps now to make that happen. Maybe it's as simple as looking for a job with a shorter commute. Perhaps it's starting classes to work toward your doula certification. Or maybe it's just making cuts to your budget now so you're prepared for a future with a lower income.

    Whatever your choice, I wish you the best. Balancing a career, kids, husband, and life is never an easy trick. But don't worry... you'll find a way!
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    This pretend life is, and always has been, total crap. I play the games to get good food and a place to live. But I'm not grateful to be employed, it makes me angry that I'm expected to perform an odd function in exchange for the right to obtain goods. Western civilization is completely bass-ackwards, it creates lifestyles out of the thin margin of surplus goods and profits which only a few can mathematically enjoy to any degree, but sets a high standard of life for all the slaves down here at the bottom. We're forced to try and try and try and create a make believe life that we never get to live because the house just sits here empty with nobody in it while we work out butts off and try too hard to impress our overlords in hopes we won't get fired the next time there's a big layoff. I knew it was a stupid game in junior high. I refused to play it for many years. But I couldn't get laid being all obese and greasy and drunk, etc., so I cleaned up and met my wife, and to this day we enjoy a life of relative celibacy - a sort of slap in the face, a "here's what you get for even trying to do this the right way". Whoever the cruel puppetmaster is, there is no love in him. He wants to see us hurting, lost and dying - no matter how honest or crooked we are. Go ahead and keep doing the right thing. It will bite you again and again and laugh while you bleed. All that becoming strong and overcoming opposition nonsense is what the rich people sell us so we can be eternally subservient. "Be grateful master gives you crumbs." and "Yes, that hurts, but you'll soon develop insensitive, dead callouses there and then you can carry me around on these poles all day long without stopping while I throw darts into your back for fun." come to mind. WHAT ARE WE DOING?! WHY ARE WE STILL PRETENDING THIS IS REAL?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knifegill View Post
    This pretend life is, and always has been, total crap. I play the games to get good food and a place to live. But I'm not grateful to be employed, it makes me angry that I'm expected to perform an odd function in exchange for the right to obtain goods. Western civilization is completely bass-ackwards, it creates lifestyles out of the thin margin of surplus goods and profits which only a few can mathematically enjoy to any degree, but sets a high standard of life for all the slaves down here at the bottom. We're forced to try and try and try and create a make believe life that we never get to live because the house just sits here empty with nobody in it while we work out butts off and try too hard to impress our overlords in hopes we won't get fired the next time there's a big layoff. I knew it was a stupid game in junior high. I refused to play it for many years. But I couldn't get laid being all obese and greasy and drunk, etc., so I cleaned up and met my wife, and to this day we enjoy a life of relative celibacy - a sort of slap in the face, a "here's what you get for even trying to do this the right way". Whoever the cruel puppetmaster is, there is no love in him. He wants to see us hurting, lost and dying - no matter how honest or crooked we are. Go ahead and keep doing the right thing. It will bite you again and again and laugh while you bleed. All that becoming strong and overcoming opposition nonsense is what the rich people sell us so we can be eternally subservient. "Be grateful master gives you crumbs." and "Yes, that hurts, but you'll soon develop insensitive, dead callouses there and then you can carry me around on these poles all day long without stopping while I throw darts into your back for fun." come to mind. WHAT ARE WE DOING?! WHY ARE WE STILL PRETENDING THIS IS REAL?!
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    wow! knifegill.

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