Post # 1
If you didn’t need to work (you could live off your SO’s income alone, while still saving money–aka, not living paycheck to paycheck or anything), would you still feel like you needed to/wanted to work? I mean work as in paid employment. Or would you be happy doing other things with your time (volunteering, taking classes, etc)?
Post # 3
I would be happy doing other things with my time. My job is nice, but I don’t feel as though it means anything. I could be doing more meaningful things if I had the abilty to not be here all day.
Post # 4
I’d definitely be happy doing other things. I’d really like to work with horses which is basically volunteer work/a money pit unless you are really good/really lucky.
I’m currently getting to experience a bit of being a “stay at home wife” while looking for a new job in the UK.
After 1 1/2 days of staying at home, I can tell you that I would go INSANE if I didn’t have something else to do. If it takes me a while to find a job, I will need to find something to do with my time while looking. There is only so much laundry I can do.
Post # 5
I love my work and it fulfills me…but I wouldn’t mind doing freelance work if I lived off of SO’s income alone.
I would always need to fill my time with something productive though.
Post # 7
I would want to work at least part time…but it certainly wouldn’t be doing the job I do now.
Post # 8
@KatNYC2011: Gahhh working with horses would be my dream job as well. Why can’t someone just pay me to ride around and groom them all day?
And I know what you mean about going insane…I’ve been unemployed for about 3 months now, and it sucks majorly. That’s what brought on this question…I’ve been thinking about how I might feel if I don’t find a job and instead just fill my time with volunteer work.
@soyjoy222: Yeah I had that same “meaningless” feeling about my last job, which is why I left!
Post # 9
I want things out of life (e.g. paying kids education, travel, etc.) that make it such I’d want to keep working even if not required. If SO was independently wealthy, absolutely I’d be happy doing other things such as more volunteering than I currently. But, I might still work part-time. I don’t like to be bored.
Post # 10
I don’t work, and don’t financially need to work. Yes, I am extremely happy.
Post # 11
I would be joining you at those classes and volunteer events!! I like my job, but let’s be honest – I’m only here for the income. If I didn’t need it, I would be 100% fine staying home. My husband would like that too bc there is no way I would let him do any of the cooking/cleaning/errands anymore if I were home, it would be a nice improvement for both of us.
But for now I am working and probably always will be. Even if my DH were to double his salary, I unfortunately make too much to ever stay home – unless we were to have triplets or something.
Post # 12
We kind of do that right now (although, I got a job and I start in a month) but I’m also a SAHM. I’m not really happy about it…I love spending time with my son but I feel guilty for not making any money currently. There aren’t too many classes I would take unless it would benefit my career…since DH is working why should I play and take it easy?
Post # 13
I think I’d lose my mind. If anything DH would stay home and I’d continue working.
We were both home sick yesterday and making jokes about watching “mommy tv”
Post # 14
@hilsy85: If you find someone who will pay us to train and groom, let me know! I know it’s long hours and hard work for no pay but I’d love to do it.
Hopefully I find something quickly. I am in a new country and do want to do some exploring, but exploring the city alone doesn’t sound nearly as fun as exploring it with my DH on the weekends.
There are some upcoming art fairs, so I’ll try to go to some of those just to get out of the house.
Post # 15
I would definitely enjoy doing other things whether volunteering, hobbies, etc.
Post # 16
I would have zero problem not working for a paycheck. I don’t enjoy working and it provides me with no fulfillment. I have no desires to have a career.
I would be much happier spending my time volunteering, raising children, and working around the house (which is why I intend to be a SAHM when we have kids).