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.