I'm happy for Mike and everyone here who's doing exactly what they want to be doing (or moving toward that goal).
And thanks for the congrats on quitting. It's the second time I've stopped working (the first time was when I had my son because he was sick). I went back to work thinking it was what I was supposed to do. It started as part time but by last year it was 3-4 full days per week, plus a ton of emails and phone calls 24/7. Add that to the editing jobs I take (because I like those) and raising the kids by myself most of the time (DH in DC mon-fri), and I was burned out. I told work at the end of last school year that I was leaving but they never got anyone to replace me. I kept cutting back my hours this year, but it became clear that they wouldn't replace me as long as I was there. So I'm not going back. They are arguing that they'll have to shut the program down (which would be a shame after building it into a huge success) but I'm not caving in. They've had almost 6 months to find someone. I'm tapping out.
I thought I'd be elated, but I was very quiet when I got home that day. Not sad, maybe nervous? I think that's how I knew this was for real this time. Of course, 2 hours after leaving my DH called to say he'd been in a car accident. He's fine and home now, but it reminded me of my priorities.
FYI...DH is not quitting. There are things that he wants to pay for that I don't, so he is working to pay for those. He is ok with it.