Well my friends, it has been a while. A LONG while. As some of you know, I ran a meditation challenge on this blog last month, and ever since then, things have gotten really busy here in my corner of the globe.
Right around the third week of the meditation challenge, my work life started to get a little overwhelming. And I’m SUPER happy about it. Building this freelance business has been a long process, but I’m happy to report that I’m more than halfway to my goal of earning what I consider a typical full-time salary.
I’ll rephrase to let that sink in.
I’m ALMOST at the point where I could afford to move out on my own. And I’m doing it all through freelance work!!!
My Ideal Lifestyle
I realized that I haven’t exactly come out and stated my precise career goals on this blog, which is definitely my bad. I think it’s beneficial to announce to the world – and to ourselves – what our goals are. Determining and then vocalizing our ideal lifestyle are the first steps toward the pursuit of that lifestyle and the manifestation process that is so integral to success.
So here it is: My goal is to earn a living remotely so that I can move around and travel whenever I feel like it. I don’t need to make a HUGE salary, but I want to make enough that I can afford to maintain my preferred lifestyle, which involves living in big cities, dining out, going to clubs and concerts, and generally having an active social life that helps me meet like-minded, happiness-oriented, mindful, well-traveled people like myself.
But we can’t have everything, obviously. What I DO NOT need or want in my life are possessions and debts. These things, I feel, tie us down. They perpetuate a belief that we must work for a living, rather than viewing our career as a central component of our identity and our lifestyle. I never want to live for the weekends, spending 90% of my time at a job that I simply go to in order to pay the bills. I never want to spend my hard-earned money paying off debt. I don’t want to be responsible for car maintenance, gas purchases, credit card payments, student loans, etc.
This is why my preferred lifestyle is one that is as minimalist as possible. My goal is to earn my living remotely, traveling (or, perhaps someday, staying put!) as I please, with only the possessions and debts absolutely necessary for survival. I prefer to spend my money on experiences, rather than material goods.
And that’s where freelancing comes in. You probably know by now that I went freelance in January after a tumultuous year of personal and career disappointments. And now that freelance dream is finally becoming a reality! I feel so happy and blessed that my hard work is paying off and that the lifestyle I’ve worked so hard to create is finally on the horizon.
With all that extra work, though, have come longer hours! And unfortunately, that’s taken a toll on my blogging. Because my blogging is more of a hobby than a career, I have been finding it difficult to motivate myself to maintain this blog after writing for other websites all day long.
But I’m back now, and I feel more motivated than ever to continue my blogging pursuits! When the time does come that I’m able to travel more regularly (soon, soon, soon!), I want to be able to share those experiences with everyone who reads this blog. I also want to keep giving you guys interesting tips for how to create a lifestyle that you are IN LOVE WITH.
This week, I finally tackled a project that I’ve been thinking about doing for a very long time: I made a vision board. For those who aren’t familiar with the concept, a vision board is a collection of images that inspire you, generally in the realms of your chosen career and lifestyle. I’m super excited to share my vision board with you guys:
How to Make A Vision Board
My vision board, as you’ll notice, centers on yoga, interior design, travel and uplifting images. I included a few quotes that I find particularly inspiring and motivating:
The flower doesn’t dream of the bee. It blossoms and the bee comes.
The most reliable way to predict the future is to create it.
I also included images of homes like the kind I’d like to build someday – they’re colorful, modern, eclectic and loft-like. I have long harbored a dream to build my own little domestic “Girl Palace” (copyright pending.) (jk.), so the interior design-centered images represent someday being able to afford to make that dream a reality.
Finally, I added images of young women traveling, as well as some shots from a romantic relationship I really admire (Jesse and Celine in the Before trilogy).
If you are interested in creating a vision board of your own, it’s really not hard! Here are a few basic steps:
- Collect a series of images that you find inspiring. Though mine are generally about travel, yoga and inspiration, yours might be totally different depending on your desired lifestyle. Maybe you want to showcase an admirable character from your favorite novel, a deity whose guidance you live by, a fashion item you’d love to wear, or images of a sport you participate in.
- Gather these images into one area, whether its physical (printing or cutting them out of magazines) or digital (creating a board on Pinterest or bookmarking images in your browser). If it’s the latter, you’ll want to print them out eventually, so keep that in mind.
- Settle on 8-12 images that represent you best. It can be hard to narrow these down, but trust me, too many images will be chaotic, and not really that inspiring at all. For what it’s worth, I myself ended up discarding eight images before settling on the 11 that are currently on my board.
- Design the board. I chose a cork board, as it was super affordable, matches with my modern style preferences and is easy to change out frequently. However, a picture frame or poster board would also work. Another creative idea is to display the images along a string of twine, securing with clothespins, and then draping the twine across your mirror or above your desk.
- Put it somewhere you’ll see it often. Mine is going to hang right above my desk, where I do all my freelance work and spend most of my time throughout the day. However, above your vanity, on a spiritual altar, or in your closet would all work great too!
I’m super happy with my vision board, and it’s already inspired me to stay motivated during the day. If you have one, feel free to share it below!
Until next time,