If we don’t look at lifestyle design as continuous action, anything can be a lifestyle design. Technically, working 40+ hours/week for 40+ years is a lifestyle design. But, unless you are intentionally choosing that lifestyle for yourself, you are not designing your life. If you don’t actively design your life, you are choosing the default.
In this Slow FI Coffee Date, Mel (from Modest Millionaires) and I discuss her recent decision to take a sabbatical, our experience as entrepreneurs, and the importance of building community when designing your life.
In 2017, Diania took a 2-month break from work to walk that Camino de Santiago (a 500-mile trek in Spain). This entire experience transformed her life – from saving to make the trip, negotiating the time off, the trip itself, and its aftermath. Taking a break from work was the catalyst Diania needed to completely change her life.
While my experience with anxiety was very challenging, it taught me some important lessons about putting myself first. A key financial concept known as F-You Money gave me the confidence to move forward in a way that prioritized my health and happiness. I’ve also had more recent realizations about F-You money. I originally thought that the sole purpose of F-You Money was to be able to get yourself out of a bad situation. After becoming an entrepreneur, I see that it can also allow you to take advantage of an opportunity.
A lot of us have been working from home for the past year due to COVID. Many people have absolutely loved working from home. Others haven’t enjoyed it quite so much. Here’s what I learned about working from home that I’ve applied to my life as a new entrepreneur.
In this Slow FI interview, Mel, from Modest Millionaires, shares how she is taking a 1-year sabbatical to test out her Coast FI plan. She will work part-time on her business while having plenty of time to spend with her family. If things go as planned, she may never need to return to the traditional workforce.