Would You Quit Your Dream Job To Do Nothing For 2 Months? : The Saturday Weekend Review #136

The Saturday Weekend Review logo- dream jobSHOULD LIFE’S EXPERIENCES TRUMP A DREAM JOB?


We’ve all felt like doing something that seems a bit outrageous but that doesn’t mean that we should do it. Or should we have?

Do you remember creating a dream job list while studying at high school, university or college?

You may have wanted to become a Police Officer, Doctor, Teacher, Mechanic, Painter, Business Owner, Photographer and so on.

I did think about my dream job and creating a list helped keep me motivated although when I moved to Canada my career options were opened up. I’ve just finally landed my foot in the door of one of those dream jobs on my list but I must admit I never believed it would happen.

I recently read a story about Bethany Butzer who left her dream job at Harvard to spend 2 months in a remote cabin near Willisville, Ontario north of Manitoulin Island.

She sold everything she owned and packed up some old clothes and with her husband went into hiding to spend 2 months doing nothing but soaking up life.

Like many people who are workaholics or those so into their jobs they tend to forget about life and themselves. When they are not working they are sleeping or catching up on everything else in life besides themselves. Working long hours can suck the life out of a dream job you wanted so badly which can turn to misery without notice.

It was just this past May that my mum and dad were in Canada and we all went to Tobermory which led to a ride on the Chi-Cheemaun ferry to Manitoulin Island.

I wished I did a bit more research about the island because we spent over an hour driving around looking for human life-form after we left the ferry. We honestly thought we were lost in the middle of nowhere. I took photos of old abandoned food shacks, houses and fields with bikes laying on the ground and old tires hanging about.

If you want somewhere to go that is quiet and away from any type of civilization for about 30-60 mins Manitoulin Island is the place to go. Honestly, we were looking for fun so that type of enjoyment wasn’t for us. When I read that Bethany quit her job at Harvard to spend 2 months just north of Manitoulin Island the first thing I thought was, Why?

Who on earth would want to stay anywhere in the area for 2 months? Well, Bethany wanted to and her reasoning, because she can. So, away she went to a log cabin only accessible by boat to enjoy the sounds of nature day in and day out for 2 months.

What I found interesting was that as the weeks went on she felt more content. I likely would too without having anyone to bother me. Sometimes it’s nice just to chill out away from the world BUT not everyone can do what she has done unless they don’t mind giving everything up.


Giving up my dream job


Here I am working so hard to land my dream job which I’ve talked about many times on the blog and this woman was giving it all up to soak up nature hiding away from the world.

First of all, you most likely would need to have money in the bank to just up and walk away from a dream job the way Bethany has because the bills still need to get paid.

You’d need some sort of confidence that when you came back to the working world that your job experience and expertise would land you a decent paying job or at least one to pay the bills.

Jobs are not always easy to come by so to up and walk away from a dream job takes some sort of planning. There are many university and college students who graduate with student debt and struggle to find work. What makes her so special? Nothing really.

Anyone can give it all up to hide away from the world, that’s the easy part as far as I’m concerned. It’s coming back that would be the hard part. I asked myself how much money would I need to have saved in the bank to give up my dream job and I struggled to find a number.

So many scenarios played through my mind.

  • What if I couldn’t find a job right away?
  • Would my wife come with me?
  • Does my wife quit her dream job too?
  • Do I stop paying for my retirement savings? If not then I’d need money saved until I am able to secure new employment?
  • What if I don’t find another comparable job that earns as much money? How important is money to me in comparison to my dream job?
  • How would quitting my dream job affect my resume? Would an employer hire me if word got out that I just up and quit my dream job to do nothing for 2 months?

I could probably go on but some people might not have a care in the world. I guess it depends on the person. Bethany learned that you can do what you want and not listen to what everyone thinks you should do. She also believes that we don’t do this enough often. Maybe she’s right but I don’t think you need to take such extreme measures as she has.

I can understand to an extent however money is essential to those that don’t want to live in the forest and off the land so up and quitting a dream job might not top their lists of things to do just because they feel like they can.

Would I do it? Maybe, if I had no kids, a huge emergency savings and confidence that I’d find a job for my entry back to reality. Hard to say really.

Would you do what you feel like if you could even if that meant to quit your dream job?


CBB Week At A Glance


Hi Everyone!

This past week has been the busiest week all summer for me as we packed up and went on a 2 day vacation 9 hours away to see family. I drove the entire way with a couple of stops in between to take care of the baby and grab a coffee.

We packed a huge cooler for the trip with water, cucumbers, sandwiches, hard-boiled eggs, apples from our neighbours tree and some food for our son. Eating fast food is not something we normally do when we go on longer trips as we tend to pack food. The less time we have to spend off the highway the better and sometimes waiting for food can take ages.

After 2 days I drove back so I could do a few things around the house then we hit the road again to come home to my wife’s parents for a few days of relaxation. We can already tell the summer has pretty much come to an end as it’s been freezing outside and it’s getting darker earlier. Even up north it was very cold out and the weather was rainy most of the time. I’m glad we packed sweaters and a jacket.

It looks like we will be loading up on organic garlic, tomatoes, zucchini, green beans and lots more from my father-in-laws garden. This is great because we can save a few dollars on groceries but also enjoy foods that have not been touched with any chemicals. Just love and water!

When I get home I will be chopping our basil to make basil pesto because the basil is ready to go and the last thing I need is for it to die. I rely on my basil cubes throughout the year for that fresh basil taste in most recipes I cook.

Our apples are ready to go and I have someone coming to pick them in about a week to make jam. We still have plenty of jars left from the last two batches so we won’t bother this year.

Next will be the yard clean-up in the Fall which is nice but sad at the same time because we know what is around the corner. Although I take good care of our grass and plants I can already see some of them going brown which means we are near the end of the season.

This week on the blog we had 2 guest posts which worked out great because I didn’t have to write which left me more time to spend with my wife and son. I don’t often have guest posts on the blog but sometimes it’s refreshing to hear what other people have to say to my readers.

Big thanks to everyone who has helped me out with the blog in my absence as I try to spend as much time with my family as I can.

That’s all for now!

How was your week?



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Organic Produce WinI have checked out our small local farmers market lately and last week I bought an organic zucchini for $1.00. That got me an entry into the weekly draw, which I won!

The prize is a pick your own sampler of goodies from each vendor up to a value of $5.00 each. If you go over that price you pay the difference.

I also won one pound of ground beef, a head of organic leaf lettuce, quart baskets of strawberries, raspberries, plums, and grape tomatoes, plus a 4 pack of fresh made pita bread and a jar of peach Bellini jam(has Peach Schnapps and champagne in it) that was $6.00 so it cost me $1.00.

I will also be getting a shopping bag with the market logo but they were out this week. So nice to get this lovely fresh and local food and it certainly was much more than I expected!!!

Oh,and the chocolate zucchini loaf I made with that zucchini that won me all this was delicious too!!

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  1. I think I would not quit my dream job if I am not financially secured, being able to support the needs for two months. And, it takes a wise decision to quit that dream job. I would just take a leave if possible for two months so that I still have the job after that two-month period.

  2. First enjoy your time off, everybody needs a break. I applaud Bethany and her husband for doing that but I couldn’t do that. I’m already trying hang on the job that I have since my company is going thru a transition. Congratulations Christine, that’s awesome win.

    1. Thanks Dee, I have been but I always have everything at the back of my mind. I know they took a leap and it sounds to me like it was the right one for the both of them.

    2. Thanks Della!!! We have been enjoying the goodies from there!! I tossed the pita breads into the freezer for now but the rest has been disappearing nicely!!
      I read about that couple that went up north for a couple of months. To each their own I guess. My guess would be that she might have had some kind of guarantee of a job when she got back. Plus I noticed she went during the better weather…winter can be nasty up there. My in-laws used to have a cottage up on the island, by Spring Bay. We went up a few times over the years but it was quite the trip just to get there. Even after we landed at South Bay Mouth it was another 30 minutes of driving to get to the cottage, up through Gore Bay and Mindemoya. They used to spend the summers up there, and loved it. A good number of family and close friends all owned cottages in the group. The cottage was sold by my sisters-in-law after both Mom and Dad died. You should have tried to get on a glass bottom boat tour out of Tobermory. Hubby and the younger boy camped up there years ago and did that…both loved it!!
      Glad to hear you are enjoying some much needed down time!! We went to visit friends last year that live in Perth ON., east of Peterborough. That was quite the drive too with me doing most of it. We stopped for gas and tea a few times. Hubby wanted to do some of the driving so he got me as far as Peterborough and the #7 and he drove the rest of the way…one road and no turn offs to confuse him.
      I’m starting to do the fall work in the garden. We don’t have trees on the property but everyone around us does. I’m in no hurry for that nasty white stuff!! Nice that some one will benefit from your apples!!
      Have a great weekend and enjoy your time off!!!

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