We had just come back from almost a month off in France - our annual lifesaving holiday required to recharge exhausted energy levels and spend much needed time reconnecting the family, so we were ready to do it all over again for another year.
For the previous two years, my growing sense of disquiet turned from a quiet whisper of discontent to a shout, Post holiday blues kicked in big time, the shout became a roar and this time, enough was enough. And it wasn't just me feeling it, my husband was too.
We realised that we were fed up with the hamster wheel existence we were living - working far too hard with the inevitable squeeze of career on family life, unhappy with the way our children were being fast tracked into adulthood, and fed up with maintaining the excessively high financial burden needed to have a decent quality of life in the South East of England.
So we set about swapping a career for a life ...