Happy Re-Birthday to Me!
I'm not one who enjoys celebrating my birthday. But this is an occasion I'm proud to celebrate: it was one year ago today when I took the plunge and quit my job. This event was pivotal in achieving my new lifestyle. Happy re-birthday to me!
For the last year, I've been living a semi-retired lifestyle -- spending my time as I wish and earning a casual income if-and-when I choose to do so.
It look a few years of diligence to prepare myself for this lifestyle. And, to be honest, I wasn't entirely confident that I'd be able to pull it off. But the last year has demonstrated that this lifestyle is indeed sustainable.
This last year of semi-retirement has, undoubtedly, been the best year of my life. The freedom to spend my days as I wish has been absolutely amazing. Gone are the long hours, the unrelenting stress, and the poor health that accompanied my work life. I now have time to breathe and to think, to deepen my relationships with my friends and community, to explore new directions, and to live my values and my dreams.
My new lifestyle has given me a level of perpetual contentment that I never could have imagined. Simplicity has brought with it a richness that money cannot afford.
I look forward to many more re-birthdays, honoring my compass and living my life by design.