This post is a little different than my usual posts about skincare and beauty products because I want to share with you something that has been on my mind.
Like barely paying my student loan payments and bills, selling my clothes, and eating Ramen noodles for dinner broke.
Kind of like Kristen Wiig in Bridesmaids.
But guess what? I LOVE IT.
Before you call me crazy, let me explain why I love being poor.
Being poor was a decision that I made when I left my job as a retail pharmacist. I left a job that was paying me a six figure salary at the age of 24.
Yep, I left this job with a salary that most people would kill to make because I was miserable.
It wasn't your typical "Oh, work sucks, wish I didn't have to go in today!" deal. No, this career caused me to go into a full blown depression. I would have to wake up at 6AM to get to work by 8AM. My shift lasted until 9PM (with no breaks + standing on my feet the entire time). We were so understaffed that I would typically have to stay at least until 10PM to finished up the work from that day. By the time I got home at 11PM I was exhausted, angry, sad, and just miserable.
Since I never got a break and was so stressed out during these long shifts, my physical health started to decline. I lost almost 30 pounds from barely eating anything throughout the day. Typically I'd eat a bag of chips & some chocolate covered almonds along with a sugary energy drink. It's hard for me to admit that because now I feel so strongly about eating a clean diet, but my stress was at such a high level that I could only manage to eat junk.
And it wasn't even the long days that got to me. It was how I was treated by people. I decided to be a pharmacist because I wanted to be a respected health care professional. Let's just say out of the 5 years I worked in retail pharmacy receiving respect from customers was out of the question. I was honestly verbally abused on a daily basis, being called names and ugly words for things that were completely out of my control.
So I quit.
I saved money for a few months + rallied up my courage and just quit.
And this was the best decision of my life.
Why I love being poor
Now I work as a freelance writer and love it! In fact, I use more of my pharmacy knowledge now than I did as a pharmacist. I love researching studies, discovering new ingredients, trying different brands, and crafting a blog post to help my clients attract and convert new customers. It is incredibly fulfilling for me!
The only drawback is the pay...let's just say it's not comparable to my pharmacist salary! Like I said, I'm barely making it right now. But I'm honestly thankful for this because not only am I happier doing this job, but being in this financial state has helped me to realize that I shouldn't be blindly spending money. When I was a pharmacist, I didn't care how much things cost. A night out for dinner and drinks cost $80 for just two people? No worries, I'll get it! I can't even believe I used to think like that! Now I have learned how to create a budget and I have adjusted my spending accordingly.
This way of living has also taught me that I am so much happier living a minimal lifestyle. I do not want a big house full of materialistic things! I want to own as little as possible and just go out into the world and experience it. I want to travel & explore & to not be tied down by a huge home full of useless junk. Which is why I have started saving my money to hopefully purchase a tiny home in the near future!! I love the tiny house movement, it's all about minimizing your life in order to maximize your life!
Being broke has taught me to love experiences and relationships rather than materialistic items.
So yes it's true, I love being poor. Of course, this isn't to say that if I started making more money I would be unhappy. Saying that would make me a liar. But now that I've learned so much through the experience of quitting my high-salary job I would know to use any extra money that I'd make to pay off my loans and plan to travel the world debt-free.
Now it's your turn
If you could choose between receiving a high-salary at a job that you really hated or being broke working a job that you loved, what would you choose? Share you answer in the comments below!
P.S. What do you think of more #realtalk posts like this one? I enjoy writing to about the science behind skincare products and ingredients, but I also would love to share more personal stories like this one if you like them!! Let me know :)