Whilst Most People Are Quitting Their Jobs, I Went And Started One
I have been self-employed my whole adult life, I haven’t been employed since I was a student, I’m now 38. But at the time of what has been termed the great resignation where it seems everyone is quitting their jobs, I found myself for the first time in over 20 years taking on some work from someone else.
Fresh out of university in my early twenties I was an enthusiastic fitness instructor with big ambitions and dreams. I built up a thriving fitness community and at the age of 27, I opened my own fitness studio and went on to have two kids. I sold the studio just over 5 years ago when my husband and I sold everything and moved our family from the UK to live the dream life in the French Alps.
Though still teaching health and wellness in face-to-face sessions the majority of my work was online coaching and content creation. Work I truly and deeply love, though getting it to a sustainable and consistent income level has always been a lot of work. I didn’t mind because it is my passion and my purpose.
When the pandemic hit my income took a hit also and it’s still taking its time to recover. With plans in motion to renovate the second stage of our chalet, we simply need to increase our household income if we are going to make this happen.
Since moving to France we have had to make a lot of cutbacks as it was a huge life change, these got cut back even further during the pandemic. France is an expensive place to live plus it has high tax and social charges too, so it’s been a challenging few years financially.
This, plus the pandemic has felt like a lot of stress and pressure and in all honesty, I feel tired and my brain is feeling a little fried.
I live in a ski resort and so a very tourist-driven area. Last year the lifts didn’t open at all and so this year the businesses are gearing up for a bumper year. This plus the issues with Brexit and British people who aren't residents here have found it harder to come and work, which means that a lot of…