You Don’t Have To Quit Your Job
Make your life about embracing the good instead of escaping the bad.
You don’t have to quit your job to live a simpler life. If you read blogs about minimalism and simple living, you might notice that it seems like everyone quits their job, travels the world, writes a book and lives the life of their dreams.
Living your life on purpose does not require you to have a blog, quit your job, travel the world, or even practice yoga.
Nina Yau quit her job but Joshua Becker did not.
Joshua Millburn quit his job but Eric LaForest did not.
Tammy Strobel quit her job, but Naomi Selden did not.
All six of these remarkable people are living a simpler life, their way.
Even if your 9-5 isn’t your dream, it might be the way you provide health insurance for your family, pay off debt and save for college or retirement. Responsibility to your family trumps chasing a dream every time. Can you start working towards your dream? Sure. Can you make slow, deliberate change to recreate your life? Sure. Does that mean you have to quit your job and declare your freedom to be a success? Absolutely not.
If you like your job, but are feeling stressed…
- Commit to a lunch hour. (Leave your desk/workspace)
- Take a day off
- Try a cooking class or learn a new language
Celebrate with people that did quit their day jobs, but don’t be discouraged from living more simply if you work for someone else. You might really like your job although everyone tells you that you probably don’t.
If you don’t like your job, start planning. What would it take to find another job or to work for yourself? It might take a year or more to be in a position to make that kind of change, so why not start your search and make your plan.
If you want a new career…
- Pay off your debt
- Start an emergency fund
- Determine how much money you really need to fund your simpler life.
- Take classes or educate yourself if you are considering a new field
- Hang out with other people doing what you want to do
- Be patient
If you are working a day job you hate, I suspect it is out of responsibility, not laziness or resistance to change. You know what’s best for you and your family and you know that what’s best changes over time. What is best for you today may be different in six months. What is best for you might not be best for me or anyone else.
By paying off your debt, reducing your expenses and craving less instead of more, you can start to make choices based on something other than the almighty dollar.
The simpler your life becomes, the easier it will be to define the next step.
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