Life is about to get a little bit crazy for Miranda and I. And no, contrary to what every one of our residents wanted to believe, we are not pregnant!
We are leaving our jobs and moving to a new apartment. This change is the result of a ton of planning. Because we work together and live where we work, it meant that this change was HUGE for us and required a lot of brainstorming and decision making.
As of this writing we have 2 work days left before we venture forth. Yikes!
Truthfully, while we are really excited, this change has been really difficult as well. For the past 2 years we have been Assistant Managers with Hawthorn Retirement at various buildings across Georgia and North Carolina. We have met so many good people and formed some amazing relationships, and we wouldn’t change that time for anything.
This job is a lifestyle type of job, which means that you are unable to have much of a life outside of the job. We knew this going in, and embraced it wholeheartedly.
Over the past few months however, we realized we needed a change. Being on call 4 nights a week, and working a ton of hours has taken its toll on us. We knew we needed to move on to something new. We felt that God wanted us to shift into a new direction.
What does this mean for us now?
It means new jobs, and a brand new lifestyle. We are excited, but fearful to jump in. Our plan involves getting as involved with our local church as we can and starting other projects as well. Our main goal is to jump out of this job and use the extra time in a valuable and enriching way.
We both want very much to live lives of significance, but we know that we have a long way to go.
Our long-term plan is to be able to location Independent. What that means is that we want to be able to live anywhere in the world, and still make enough money while doing so to cover all of our costs.
You can read more about this kind of lifestyle in this book called The New Freedom by Rob Cubbon.
This will be accomplished through two means:
- We pay down as much of our student loan debt (uggghh) as possible.
- I figure out how to make money online from home, without having to work a traditional job.
These two things sound great in theory, but they are obviously difficult. They are long term goals that will not happen overnight.
Part of the reason I have been writing and working on blogging for the past 2.5 years is to work towards reaching this point. It has been a lot of work, and sometimes it seems like I have gotten nowhere in that time, but when I compare where I was when I started to now, the difference is huge. I had never before done anything website related haha!
I strongly believe that we can accomplish any goal if we put our minds to it and stay consistent. Persistence is the key to achieving any goal, and as Miranda often reminds me “You won’t be happy doing anything else (writing,blogging, etc.) so you will find a way to make it work.” There are times when I believe her and times when I doubt myself, but through it all I just keep going.
All we can do is to just keep swimming right?
For the foreseeable future I will be working from home and putting work in to be able to reach our goal. I may end up having to get a job at Panera Bread to help pay the bills, but I will have at least a little bit of time to dedicate to website work.
Let me be clear though, I don’t plan on having to get anything else because I don’t want time taken away from my passion and the work that excites me so much. I know that writing and creating content is my purpose, and I don’t intend to do anything else, but of course, if the rubber meets the road, I will do whatever I have to do. I am not above doing dishes at a local restaurant to pay for groceries haha.
Here are some of the things I will be getting into that I am extremely excited about.
- Miranda and I are starting a podcast together. The details are coming together, so stay tuned for more info. It is happening though because we shook on it 😉
- I am doing more marketing and audio work with a self publishing company. Really excited about this opportunity.
- Working on various other freelance gigs through Fiverr and potentially Upwork in order to build my skills as well as work from home.
- Blogging and continuing to write more books.
- Working on getting the audio version of Now What out there. I plan on doing this myself, and I am excited for the inevitable learning curve.
- Ultimately growing more and learning how to help others through my own experiences.
We are currently chasing our dream and this is awesome.
But let me tell you, I am extremely scared that things won’t work out. Leaving our jobs when nothing is lined up is definitely not considered “normal” by any means. Some people we have talked with think we are crazy, I can see it in their eyes.
But doing things the way they have always been done is not what we do. I refuse to live a normal life when I know I have so much to give.
We believe that taking risks is a must in order to reach the next level. We will never be more than 80% sure of any decision, but we need to jump anyways.
I love this motivational video by Steve Harvey. (bottom of post) Sometimes you just need to jump even when it doesn’t make any sense.
Does it make any sense to leave a financially comfortable job? Not really. Does it make sense to leave an apartment that has a lake view that we don’t even have to pay for? Nope. Does it make sense to leave a job where I get to see my wife every single day all day? This one is tough, and something we will miss for sure, but it was a necessary jump so we could work towards our goals.
Ultimately we are taking a huge risk by making this change. We are trusting in God’s provision as we go forward. We have a plan of course, but it depends on a lot of things coming together, and a lot of hard work.
These next few months will not be an easy transition, but we are so ready for the challenge. Bring it on life. We got this.
We are working like it depends on us, and praying like it depends on God (because it does, duh ;))