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Signed and sent

Posted in: Breaking Free on Monday, June 27th, 2011
Today I emailed my signed VSP EOI application form to HR. The ball has officially started rolling and it’s now just a matter of time before I find out how the rest of my year plays out.  Whether it be working the rest of the year as normal, taking my 6 months long service next year before relinquishing my position.  Or will I be finishing work in a month or two. Spending my days painting, writing and bringing this dream to fruition. The wait for a final official offer is agonising! I have to keep reminding myself that nothing is set in stone just yet and I may not even be offered a VSP. But I still can’t help dreaming about my last day at work…and the pub crawl home.To be honest, I’m not sure how I’ll last the rest of the year here if I don’t get an offer. I struggle to focus on my work most days, and now that there is something so exciting on the horizon, focusing is even harder than normal. When the sun is shining on a clear blue day, and I can see the sparkle of the sun on the river water from my window here at work, all I long for is the freedom of sailing. Freedom which may very soon be mine.

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Chucking in the job

Posted in: Breaking Free on Thursday, June 16th, 2011
My employer, the State Government, has announced a Voluntary Separation Program as part of it’s measures to reduce costs through the abolishment of 3500 non-frontline positions.  This couldn’t have come at a better time in my career (I have trouble calling my working life ‘a career’, this job has only ever been something to fill the time and bring in the money, calling it a career feels like an overstatement).  They are offering a considerable amount of money for me to relinquish my position and not return to the sector for 3 years.This is an invaluable opportunity for our Great Escape! It’s an opportunity to pay off our debt in one foul swoop, eliminating some of our larger outgoing financial commitments.  We will need to reduce our outgoings as much as possible, which is why the cars are being sold. What we save on registration, Insurance (did you know according to our preliminary quotes, it’ll be cheaper to insure the yacht than both our cars combined), servicing and fuel will be freed up to be spent living.

We will of course have different types of expenses living on a yacht, but these are definitely manageable on one income.  Most will go on maintenance and the yearly dry docking.  While we won’t have rent per se, there will be berthing fees to consider.  After a bit of research, most marina’s up the coast to Cairns charge $170-220 a week to berth with a small live-aboard fee on top.  This includes water and electricity while berthed (I’m really looking forward to paying our last Origin electricity bill and ending the contract).

Part of the appeal of sailing is that the power of the wind is free to all those who can harness it.  With the use of sail power as much as possible, we hope to keep our fuel costs to a minimum as well.

I think more than anything the Voluntary Separation Program provides me with an opportunity, one that I’ve been sitting behind a desk longing for, to self-determine my future.  To take the chances I’ve been too afraid to take before, with the benefit of a financial safety net behind me. If I don’t stand up, take this chance to develop my art and my writing, to live life the free then I deserve to spend the rest of my life feeling unfulfilled and wondering ‘What if?’ from behind this desk.

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