I quit my day job! (sort of...)


Don't worry mum - I haven't quit my day job. Not as such. I recently went from full time to 3 days a week though.

It's great.

One of my students mentioned this week in passing that I must be busy, working full time somewhere else, and also running Japanese courses. I realised that I haven't told a lot of my students that I no longer have a full time day job.


I now work three days a week in the offices of a community interpreting agency, here in sunny Brighton.

And I teach Japanese three nights a week, to lovely people with language-related goals and dreams. I get to share in my students' successes and triumphs, and hopefully help them through the tough bits too.

Life is more balanced now that I don't work elsewhere full time. I'm less "bad-busy" and more "good-busy".

And I get to feel part of two things - the interpreting charity, and my own little language school. That sense of community is really important to me.

Do you have a day job, and do something else on the side? If you have more than one job, how do you balance your time? I'd love to know what tips you can share. Let me know in the comments 😃


P.S. If you'd like to know more about how I started Step Up Japanese (and how you can open a language school!) I'll be giving a talk at Women in Language, a brilliant new online event March 8th-11th. Click here to find out more.

P.P.S.  Calligraphers of Instagram will be back in March. Why not read Part 1Part 1-and-a-half, and Part 2 while you wait?