So, when you take a step back in your job, you take a lesser job for a cut in pay and a cut in stress, you scale back your week, you move into a smaller, cheaper house, you do something that reduces money and stress, that's sanity money.
I recently not only gave notice in my Supervisor position, I've gone back to an old job that I love. It's a job that I rock, one with flexible hours and a massive pay cut. Yep, you read that right. Pay. Cut. Both lower wage and fewer hours. I was offered another job with a bigger wage and the potential for way more hours and tonight, after the poor Woodsman had to hear it all, we opted for the sanity money.
The sanity money is enough to pay the bills - just. The reduction in stress is a major bonus, both because I can do this job in my sleep and still love it and because I'm outside of the other management stressors that were driving me nuts! I have some significant health stuff that definitely flares up with with stress. And frankly, the stress has been consuming a lot of my thought and creative energy - and exhausting the Woodsman and Teen who aren't big fans of seeing me stressed. And usually, I deal well with stress but caseload stress isn't the same as this stress.
So, I took the advice that I often dispense - consider my priorities and move in that direction.
So sanity money it is. It will let me enjoy most days at work, and still be able to be home with goats and chickens and the garden, not to mention the fam. And explore all of my creative ideas. Will there be challenges? Sure. I have the debt from my store to pay off and a grocery bill that needs to be cut in half. But are those challenges worth it? You bet.