Lifestyle Design Plan Reset
About four years ago life was looking awesome.
I had recently married. My father had recently retired and finally left me the business I’d been dying to get into for ten years. The plan was to soon exit another business I had started myself back in 2007 that was no longer fulfilling for me. And the wife and I started thinking about buying our first home (which we did in mid-2013).
Yep, I was certain that my newly inherited business would not only provide enough income for me to quit the older business, but it would also allow me more time to work on some other ideas I’d been toying around with for a while. I’d then monetize and automate all my businesses, move off to some sunshine soaked paradise, and live happily ever after spending most of my time doing the things I loved with the people I cared about.
Or so I thought.
I’m not exactly sure how it happened or at what moment in time it occurred, but at some point I fell off track — way off track. Blinded by my own momentum, I ended up lost in the dark before finally stopping and realizing that in reality I had gone nowhere in the four years that had passed.
Though we had been living comfortably, my newly inherited business failed to produce the mounds of income I had expected it to.
Remember that other business I was supposed to quit? I’m still involved in it today for the extra money it brings in. And those other ideas I had? Nine months were devoted to producing and trying to market an informational product consisting of a series of videos and an eBook about computers. I’ve sold two copies since its “launch” in fall 2013. The rest of the ideas never came to fruition.
What about the sunshine soaked paradise? Hardly — I live and am currently stuck in an area which I do not like for several reasons, including nasty weather.
Why don’t I pack up and leave?
The business I started in 2007 is a local business and if I left I’d have to start from scratch; and, since my wife still works part time outside the home, we depend on family members to watch our new baby several days during the week.
Yep, somewhere along the line we really screwed the pooch, and we screwed it hard.
Some positive-thinking person said that when life gives you lemons you should make lemonade. So, the inspiration for this post (and the whole website) was born.
I needed to hit reset; to stop, take a breather and figure out where the hell I was going and reevaluate my plans, my life, and my strategy for getting there.
And I want to share the journey with you. Hopefully I can motivate you to go after the life you really want to live instead of accepting whatever hand you’ve been dealt in addition to designing the one I want.
When we hear the term lifestyle design or even life hacker, many of us think of best-selling authors and globe-travelling millionaires. I am none of the above, at least not yet.
When it comes down to it, there is no right or wrong way to design your lifestyle (as long as your plan is within the bounds of morals and does not violate the rights of others, of course).
Aside from a short four-month stint as an engineer in 2010, I haven’t worked for someone else since 2006.
Does this mean you need to be able to pay your bills without having a job working for someone else?
Maybe, maybe not.
Perhaps you like your job and the job itself is part of your lifestyle design plan. Just because some lifestyle design guru says you need to be able to quit your job to live a fulfilling life doesn’t mean that’s the absolute truth for everyone.
So this is where I’m at now – I’ve hit reset, taken a few steps back, and am crafting a plan to help design the lifestyle that the wife and I want.
Join me as I continue my lifestyle design journey. In the next part of this series I’ll go over more details of my plan. Meanwhile, stop and think about exactly what kind of life you want. Where do you want to live? How much money do you need to make to make it happen? What do you want and not want to do to get that money?
After all, not knowing your destination makes the journey a lot more difficult!