This time last year, I was making just above minimum wage working at the front desk of the most exclusive and expensive gym in the world.
Now, I could walk through the doors as a member if I wanted to (but I refuse to fork out £300+ per month for…
Two years ago, I was 20 years old, staring down the barrel of graduation and the “real world.”
I was terrified that, sooner rather than later, I’d find myself with a sore ass on a cheap plastic chair, hunched in a sweaty cubicle doing a job I slightly hated, taking…
She is neither soft nor gentle.
She enters in the most abrupt of ways.
She is never invited,
And yet she always stays.
Long after plates are cleared
And the guests have made their way,
She flops down on my favourite couch
And the world, it slowly grays.
The stability and security offered by “traditional” jobs might seem like a major financial upside, but have you ever considered that it’s actually draining your savings in more ways than one?
Working freelance and living as a digital nomad can actually save you several short- and long-term costs — and…
Never be afraid to go against the grain. People will tell you you’re crazy, that you’re irresponsible, that you’re a dreamer. And maybe you are. But isn’t better to be all of those things and more than to wonder what if?
This!! I came to the same conclusion, it's what I wrote about in my recent article "Financially Thriving Freelancers Have This One Thing In Common". Spoiler: the one thing is arrogance. People tell you it's one in a million and you have to have the "arrogance" to say great, I'll be that one. At the end of the day, these few lines encapsulate exactly how I feel. I'd rather be a crazy dreamer than wonder what could have been if I bet on myself.
Over the years, I have learned something about the yeah but crowd when you discuss city life. They’re going to find every reason on Earth to argue why it’s not going to work. Bottom line — living in big cities isn’t for everyone.
I learned this about the "yeah but" crowd, too, and I think it applies almost all the time, not just when it comes to discussing anything in particular. "Yeah but" is an attitude that permeates all of life, unfortunately.
"Yeah, I have a great relationship, but it's long distance", becomes…
(I know you know what “working” is but sometimes it helps to spell these things out.)
I was surprised by how many people do not, in fact, know what working is! When I was struggling with wanting to be independent and support myself, but not wanting to work for a company whose values and actions I didn't believe in, I had so many people tell me "Well, just work for them out of spite -- you take their money when they pay you, and you can spend it on something good!". You have no idea how many people's minds were blown when I explained that no, I would not be taking their money, I would be *making* them money. That's the whole problem, if I work somewhere I am necessarily increasing their bottom line, or they wouldn't bother to hire me. A lot of people just exist within these societal structures without actually understanding their role. Wild!
I'm so happy to read this from you, Karen. I have pondered and been puzzled by the concept of being "in love" my entire adult life. The other day, I decided I would settle on a conclusion: there is no "in love", there is only really loving people, and context…
For as long as you let them, people will try to tell you what your dreams are. They especially like to point out things that you have right now, that don’t seem to align with your vision for the future.
“You say you just want to live on an island…