‘I quit finance for a simpler life in the sun. But with no friends, should I go home?’

Tell Me About It: ‘My Mediterranean life sounds idyllic, but I have seen no family’

‘A former colleague has offered me a senior and lucrative role in my old firm . . . I have started to wonder if this is a sign telling me it would be better if I returned to my previous life.’ Photograph: Getty

‘A former colleague has offered me a senior and lucrative role in my old firm . . . I have started to wonder if this is a sign telling me it would be better if I returned to my previous life.’ Photograph: Getty

Question: Five years ago, I changed my life completely. I had been working in the financial sector and living in the fast lane for about 15 years. Unlike many of my female friends, I never wanted children or any sort of lifelong relationship. I worked extremely hard and my main commitment was to a hectic, hedonistic lifestyle.

But I eventually felt tired and the pace of my life started to take its toll on both my physical and mental health. I impulsively left the city life behind me to live in a ramshackle but beautiful, rural Mediterranean farmhouse. I started exercising and eating well, and by taking advantage of my business acumen I have just started a small business, selling local farm produce and craftware to shops and supermarkets in nearby large towns.

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