I awoke to a very telling dream this morning.
One that was both startling and revealing of my truest inner thoughts.
It made me want to focus on my work again and got me thinking deeply about life.
Before I get into it, I do have to say that taking a year off has been totally necessary for me.
But If I’m honest, I’m beginning to long for more again.
On the personal side, I’m back to my old self again. Maybe I’m a tad immature now (haha), but I’ve managed to avoid all the things in life that force people to grow up anyways.
I’ve mentioned before on this blog, but I’ve got no kids, no mortgage, no car payment, no insurance, and I’m not even in the same galaxy as most when it comes to my thoughts on marriage.
All this was intentional though. I haven’t wanted to grow up yet.
On the other hand, I also realize that I could easily adapt and get practical if need be.
I could adjust the same way I’ve had to in other aspects of life.
One things for sure though. The more I blog and the longer I’m off the more I’m back to being one of the dapperlifestyle boys I once was.
For those that don’t know, I’m referring to dapperlifestyle, which was an earlier blog of mine.
In essence, it was a blog about music, fashion, up-and-coming artists, and stuff we thought was cool.
I’m not becoming like that again, no. I’ve realized that I’ve actually always been like that.
I just got sidetracked along the way.
Howbeit, every part of the journey has been a necessary part of the process.
It’s all led me to this post I’m writing today.
That said, my behaviour has been a little bizarre lately.
I’ve been saying a lot of random shit on Twitter recently because I no longer see a need for a filter.
What was interesting, though, was that I received a random email yesterday from a fellow who was concerned about my behaviour.
I have to mention how incredible of a person he is.
Imagine there were more people in the world that would take time out of there own day to concern themselves with others?
Not even others, total strangers actually.
I’m sure all those senseless shootings would decrease. And there would be less of the trivial bullshit we all face in life every day.
But unfortunately, that’s just not the planet we live on nowadays.
Be that as it may, I do want to take this opportunity to point out that I’m fine.
I’m totally ok guys.
In fact, from a personal standpoint, I’m the best I’ve ever been.
All of the hardships I’ve faced have led to a more improved sense of who I am.
It’s made me fall back to the things I like.
Though I do like being frugal and growing my dividend income, I care so much more about the quality of day-to-day life.
My new strategy is to find the right combination of both.
But I gotta be honest with you, buds, I’m starting to really care about MONEY again.
And it’s my interests as well as the lifestyle I want that is the driving force behind it.
Here are 5 reasons I’m ready to go back:
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One of the main reasons I want to go back to work, believe it or not, is fall fashion.
I’ve realized, to an intense degree recently, how much I care about clothes.
You see, I live in Toronto and it’s jam packed with beautiful women, bearded hipsters and stylish wealthy folks.
I know it’s not smart to keep up with the Joneses, but I’ve always thought of fashion as an art form.
The ensemble selected on a particular day embodies so much about how we feel. It identifies how the weather is on that day. The colours chosen reflect the mood. And the effort to try hard or try less says a lot too.
There was a point yesterday where I was out on a stroll and saw some trendy looking MF’er in a burgundy classic lapel coat.
I instantly wanted it. I wanted to walk into the closest store and shop right away actually.
However, given the fact that I’m mostly trying to preserve capital now, that would be an insane thing to do.
If I’m telling you the truth, though, new clothes make me feel 100 times better about myself.
Maybe I’m a vain person, but whatever, there’s nothing like putting on new clothes and crushing the day.
Pressure Of Success
You know what? I’m not an emotionless cyborg.
I do feel the pressure and condescension from others coming my way.
All in all, I really don’t care because I have my own vision of what I want.
However, I’ve always been attracted to success.
I want to hang around people that have achieved more than me.
It sucks in a way, but we live in a money focussed and status orientated society.
And realistically, people with similar achievements in life mesh much better than those in lopsided relationships.
It’s just easier to relate.
Furthermore, I’m not really that basic of a guy. I’ve always wanted to be successful and financially independent.
There are still many things that require money in my life.
Things like trips and being able to elude the bitter cold Canadian winters.
Admittedly, the pressure of success is beginning to eat at me.
I’m Not A Full-Time Blogger Yet
Obviously I’d love to stay home and blog full-time, but I haven’t figured it all out yet.
I’ve learned a ton about blogging over the last 10 months, however, I’ve still got a long way to go.
Every bloggers journey is different. Some are successful in under a year and others take 2-to-5 years.
Going forward I know what I need to do.
I need to step up my Pinterest game since it seems to be the ultimate traffic generator for bloggers.
Further, and although this is a personal blog, I need to offer more value.
Lastly, I need to get more aggressive with freelance writing and stick to more of a posting schedule.
I’m still very set on eventually reaching a place where I can call myself a full-time blogger.
Now though, it will become more of a side hustle the same way it is for most bloggers out there.
I’ve stated countless times on this blog that I’m extremely progressive in nature.
It’s been hard to just neglect my dividend portfolio.
You see, for nearly 5 years I was adding to it religiously with every single payday.
But now, I haven’t added to it in a year.
I’ve even depleted some of it to be honest.
However, the good news is that I’m still on pace to grow my dividend income over 2015.
Even after taking the entire last year off…
I keep meaning to write the dividend income report for August, but every time I make an attempt, the writing comes out another way.
For the record though, dividend income was up in August, and I’m still planning to publish a post discussing it.
One of the strangest outcomes resulting from my year off is that I like being around people again.
It may not seem like it from my online presence, but I’m a very quiet guy.
If you met me in person I probably wouldn’t say a word.
But that seems to be changing too.
For some reason, I like people again.
I’ve realized that I met a lot of cool people while working in the finance industry. I’ve met some of the best people of my life while working at jobs earlier in my career.
Frankly, it’s one of the best ways to get to know people. Especially for introverts.
Because you’re forced to be around a select group and work together for a specified amount of hours per week.
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I miss it a little bit.
The online community is great, but I can’t really hang out with y’all.
Most of the readers are coming from the U.S. and I’m no travel blogger, so that’s out of the question.
Hopefully one day I can sit down with a few of you for a beer. Wouldn’t that be great?
Moreover, I’ve kept a close circle most of my life, but after this year long excursion, my lust for engagement is seemingly at an all time high.
Question: What’s the driving force, besides shelter and food, why you go to work? What makes you tick? Do you think time-off work could make you more grateful?
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