Is it okay to choose your job over money?

Bit of a weird title, I know, but what I'm talking about is job happiness!
Is this happiness worth more than getting a new job that pays more?

There are arguments for both sides, but I'm a firm believer that doing something you love for maybe not a lot of money is a lot more important than a job you're not enjoying for a bigger paycheck.

If you've read my other posts you'll be aware I manage a charity shop. Now this job is my dream job, don't get me wrong it can be super stressful (more goes on behind the scenes than people think!) but I adore it, but obviously, I work for charity, it's never going to be a well-paying job, but I will never leave this sector.

I've had jobs that have made me miserable when waking up in the morning every bone in my body was telling me to stay in bed and call in sick. It affected my mental health, my relationships with others and my life in general. To go from a job that makes me feel like that to a job I will even drag myself too when I am actually sick is amazing! I've always said even if I won the lottery I wouldn't completely leave.

Money is very important in life, and I don't believe anyone who tells me it isn't. The world revolves around money, whether it should or shouldn't is another story but unfortunately things are becoming more expensive such as rent, travel etc and that is something that is important, but when it comes to having enough money to buy a new outfit whenever you want one is great, but it is only a temporary happiness that will go once you've worn that outfit and want to buy the next one! Whereas being happy in your work every day is something that I still can't believe I have.
One of the best donations I've received!

The extra bit of money you might get every month isn't going to cure any mental health issues you develop in the process of earning that money! It isn't going to make your life better overall. I used to think it was everything, all I wanted to be when I grew up was rich! I wanted everything and I wanted the lifestyle to go with it, but I've very quickly realised I would be miserable if I had to do something I didn't enjoy to acquire that. I still buy stuff for myself, I just can't buy as much, or I can't do it on a whim, I have a budget now and I never thought I'd be able to do it.

If you're thinking of going for a job you've always wanted to do but it doesn't pay well (like me) I encourage you to go for it! Now don't make yourself homeless and starving, but work out what do you actually NEED to make and if it's realistic to go for it!! I feel so much better for it and I think you will too.

If you want any advice feel free to ask me!

Frankie x


  1. This is wonderful advice! I truly think being happy and doing what you love is so important, even if it may not make you as much money as another job that pays more. Plus, we never know what can happen later on. Sometimes taking those leaps of faith and doing what we love, it turns into so much more than we could have imagined!

    1. That's so true! It's sometimes so hard to take that leap of faith though isn't it

  2. This is such a lovely post and completely resonates with me, I've previously had higher paid jobs where I was completely miserable, unfortunately I've never managed to swing the other way and find a job I love for peanuts... I still can't figure out what I want to do?!
    I'm currently in that middle ground, an ok job for ok money but if an opportunity came up for something that I think I'd love then I'd jump no matter what the salary was!

    Rachel | Teacups & Tartan

    1. Middle ground is totally better than a miserable job! It's amazing what a difference it can make

  3. Great advice. I guess it depends what some people consider a bad job. I use to work in call centers doing tech support which is low paying and miserable so a lose lose. If you make really good money then you can put up with a lot more. But the first world is always whining.

    Allie of

  4. I think you're absolutely right! I can actually vouch to that because I've been to many jobs that I didn't want Mondays to come no matter how stable those jobs were. On the other hand, I've also been on a job that even if I was only a contractor I didn't want to leave and look forward week after week. Thanks for the inspo and affirmation.

  5. I totally agree with you. I think our jobs should make us happy and be something we truly love. If not, life can become a bit more difficult.

  6. This is great advice- we all need money, yes, but taking a job that makes you happiest should be top priority!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  7. Such amazing advise! I always think about this topic and I feel like i need to apply this into my own situation, thank you so much for sharing your story!

  8. That is completely ok. I always think that your happpines and mental health should be at first place. Doing what you don't like only because money is pointless because you can't enjoy in that money because stress. Money is important but not more then health. Great post, I enjoy reading it.

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  9. Such a great topic! And I totally agree, your own happiness (including doing a job you love) is more important than money.

  10. Love this! It's something I struggled with when I was younger, I stuck out horrible jobs where I felt bullied, looked down on and harassed all because I needed the money, or that's what I told myself to justify it but once I stopped taking it and putting myself first I found my happiness far outweighed any amount of money.

    Our mental health and wellbeing comes before any job and I know in a time where jobs are like gold dust can feel like we HAVE to stick it out and we make excuses but nothing is worth ruining your wellbeing for.

    I love the old saying if you love your job, you'll never work a day in your life <3

    Jordanne ||


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