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6 Things I've Learned Designing the Life I Want

personal Mar 03, 2021

It was simple, really (or so I thought)… The life I wanted was to be able to work from anywhere with my husband and dog. Jeff and I no longer wanted to worry about rationing the PTO time we took off from work for vacations and visiting family or taking turns running home on lunch breaks to let the dog out every day (i.e. the American rat race we all know of). We wanted to be digital nomads using technology to work remotely from anywhere in the world. 

When Jeff and I decided to make this remote lifestyle a reality, there was a lot of work we had to do to make the transition from our corporate lives which also involved changing our home base (because if you can work from anywhere, you can choose where you want to be). In fact, it took us an entire YEAR of preparation.

 

It took a lot of work to get where we are now and here are some things I’ve learned along the way:
 

1. COMMUNITY IS IMPORTANT

  • Run your ideas by the people who know you the best and listen to their thoughts. Choose your people wisely though. Sometimes the people who truly know you aren’t family members (even though that may be your initial thought). Take some time to really think about the people who encourage you and be willing to receive constructive criticism.


2. SOAK UP AS MUCH WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN THROUGHOUT THE JOURNEY


3. MAKE DETAILED PLANS AND TAKE SMALL STEPS

  • Even though it can be tempting to just go for it, make plans. You’re changing your life around so take a significant amount of time to think about what you really want and how to get there.
    • Write out your goals and make action items for what needs to happen to get you from where you currently are to where you want to be.
      • I put this down on paper then put it on a Trello board (a great tool to use that helps you keep on track)
    • Take baby steps
      • It can seem overwhelming to tackle something big so take small, intentional steps to get you where you want to be. You don’t have to do everything all at once, you’ll get there. Slow and steady wins the race, remember?


4. SOME PEOPLE WON’T GET IT

  • I’ve learned that some people just won’t understand what you’re doing and why you’re doing it. Rather than try to make them understand, just know it’s okay if they don’t. (Even if it’s family)
  • You can’t please everyone (it’s true!) so be thoughtful of others, but ultimately, you do you.


5. COMPROMISE AND PATIENCE

  • If you’re married or doing this with a partner, figuring out what you both want as individuals then together as a couple is important. There’s a ton of value in doing both and you may have to make some compromises along the way.
  • Again if you're married, have patience with your partner because odds are you may move at different speeds.


6. FOLLOW YOUR CALLING

  • We have a limited amount of time on this Earth and life is way too short to not be living the life you want.
  • If you’re not sure what your calling is, here is a little formula I’ve found helpful: your gifts/skills/strengths + your passions + an opportunity = your calling!
    • Basically, it’s where your strengths and passions intersect. Find that, and cultivate it!

   

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