2016, my year of “9” or “completion” certainly has been a year of change, letting go, and enjoying the fruits on the tree. While closing one chapter and starting anew, I’m grateful to say that Garrett and I are about to embark on an exciting adventure. We quit our “desk” jobs, got the house rented December 1st, got our super fun vaccinations and the only thing to do now is finish packing (and dance as much as I can here before we hit the road.)
If there’s anything I’ve learned about myself and the working individual since I left my job, (being used to steady income and then having to cut expenses/do things differently) here ya go-
1. We are conditioned to “consume” FAR more than we realize; we don’t need half the shit we think we do.
2. You can save a lot of money doing things yourself rather than farming them out, but you have to have or make time for this.
(2.1) If I lived as simply while I was working in the office the way I’ve lived the last couple months, I’d have a lot more money saved now (Mom and Dad were right).
3. It feels good to do back-breaking labor from time to time, especially if you’re locked into a sedentary occupation.
4. It’s easy to get so caught up being “busy” with your job or adult worries, you could start to forget who you are or what you are truly working toward. Check in with your bad self.
5. The money I never regret spending is always on travel.
6. Simply “surviving” and paying basic bills costs an insane amount of money; however, having a poor attitude towards money does not increase prosperity. We must think with an attitude of abundance.
7. Fear (False Evidence Appearing Real) is immobilizing and only prevents us from following our dreams. Replace fear with love.
8. There are no real adults. Adults are full-sized-domesticated children that screw up and need hugs too.
9. Machines do a poor job of taking the place of a warm human interaction. No matter how advanced we become, people still appreciate this over a conference call or email.
10. Your boss wants to know what your five year plan is- but it’s okay to not even know what you want to have for breakfast tomorrow. Goals and dreams are important. Writing them down has even proven to increase their likelihood of being achieved, BUT, it’s okay to fly by the seat of our pants and not have all the answers sometimes.
All of that being said- I’m so grateful to be surrounded by so much love and and support. If anyone needs me, I’ll be crying, laughing, and sipping champagne as I reminisce and pack up boxes with G-man! Can’t wait for our next chapter of life, travel and lessons.