The next phase of my life is not about making money, but about making a difference in my life and other people’s lives. My passion and focus now is on how I can help my family, and professionally, to help my customers keep in touch with their clients. This will also help them improve relationships in their professional and personal lives. There were dual purposes for starting my business, Gift Basket Villas, to change the trajectory of my life from the mundane to the extraordinary and to help others become more successful in their relationships through the fun and creative art of appreciation.
If every morning Mon-Fri you go to work in a dreary 9-5, stressing about work you don’t enjoy, this is not a way to live, yet we need to do it to have a roof over our heads and food to eat. Working 8 hours a day 5 times a week on something that at which you may be burnt out, or with people you don’t like is not the way to live life to the fullest. Though sometime we need to do this to get to where we want to be. We need to decide:
- How much money can we afford to spend on traveling right now
- How much time can we spend on our hobbies/passions?
- How do we take care of ourselves so that we are healthy enough to enjoy the things we want to in retirement?
- What should do it differently?
- How can we carve out time out of our present circumstances to be happy now and prepare for the future?
- What do we want to do now to enjoy our lives?
Is working for money a good enough motivation?
I received some advice as a young career woman starting off as a safety compliance officer. My Area Director explained that I have 3 choices in life:
- Make lots of money – hate the job, and that may be okay for you.
- Make little money – love the job, and that may be okay too.
- Make little money – hate the job, then it’s time to move on!
I used to really enjoy my job, but I’ve been doing it for over 26 years and it’s time to move on!
This is my day job.
One thing I did, starting in my 30s, was to travel. It taught me that I should have exercised more, gotten involved in physical activities. By the time I reached my 30s, I was not in the condition I needed to be in, to do all that I wanted – to hike mountains, bike though vineyards, rock climb etc. I was however, lucky to get a chance to do some of before I had to give up the strenuous activities. I’ve traveled quite a bit and I’m glad that I fit travel in when I was younger (and had the energy).
I often ask myself, what is the point of saving and not enjoying your daily life, just so you can enjoy retirement? My answer came years later when I was able to afford to live where I wanted to in retirement.
I have saved all my life, and still work my day job, but am slowly transitioning into my role as CEO of my life and my business, Gift Basket Villas and this is my passion:
I have learned that I need to find time to:
- Take classes I enjoy that will lead to hobbies
- Decide on a % of my salary that I can comfortably allocate as crazy money – for traveling, buying what I really want, spending on frivolous things.
- Allocate a % of my salary for retirement and then not worry about retirement
- Create goals, develop hobbies so I have something to do in retirement and not wait until I get there to decide
Money over Health and Passion
I am finding that I no longer value money over my health and passion. When what we do no longer is a journey you want to be on, it’s time to get off that train, to start living fully and in the moment.
No obstacle should stop us from achieving success
When we really enjoy what we do, nothing should stop us from getting to where we want to be. Our working careers will consume our lives, if we let it. There is no other way around this, unless we are independently wealthy, marry rich or come from a wealthy family or work our butts off to make the money, then realize we’re OLD. Too old to enjoy life.
Next Phase: The Future
I’ve pretty much lived by the 1st choice – good job, decent salary. However, I’m ready to move on. I am no longer that young woman and I need to stay true to myself.