I can hardly believe that today is the last day of a thirteen-month long mini-retirement.
It’s a bittersweet feeling, man.
I’ve woken up every single morning for the past year to work on my own affairs, and it’s been a mother fucking blast!
Twenty-sixteen will certainly go down as one of the more memorable years of my life.
Its been like combining College with a personal development course the whole damn time.
Blogging ended up fulfilling the College side of the spectrum, and personal growth came as a result of having more time to think.
Be that as it may, I must acknowledge my gratefulness for the new position I’ll be starting tomorrow, but the loss of freedom is beginning to set in.
It’ll be an adjustment, that’s for sure.
Now, to avoid any unnecessary overlapping, I’ll lay out the ground work for the next few posts.
The post you’re reading right now is meant to discuss the lifestyle, while another post is planned to reflect on a year of blogging.
The first post on reversethecrush.com was published on November 30, 2015 by the way, so the blog is now over 1 year old. Yay!
For this post, though, I want to reflect on the lifestyle changes that have occurred. This is essentially the final journal entry post documenting the year-off.
It’s a day I want to remember and a time period that will be hard to forget.
Having said that, I’m hoping to reflect on the experience and provide insight to anyone thinking of taking their own mini-retirement.Ultimate Reflections On Mini-Retirement Click To Tweet
What Does Mini-Retirement Look Like?
The best part about a mini-retirement is that it can be whatever you want.
It’s a chance to test financial independence, learn more about yourself, and ultimately see if your goals make sense.
Another blogger I know of, TJ Pridonoff, is taking a year long road trip for his time off.
I, on the other hand, more boringly opted to work from home as an investor and blogger.
So for my mini-retirement, I spent the bulk of my time blogging and allocating capital.
More than anything else, though, it’s like I’m watching life in slow motion now.
I’ve noticed the symbiotic relationship to everything that makes life and human behaviour so fascinating.
Furthermore on the blog, there’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that blogging has improved my written and verbal communication skills.
Though, I’ve learned the hard way that saying nothing is often the superior option to saying anything at all.
Let’s just say that forbearance is a quality I intend to improve upon going forward.
Nevertheless, a mini-retirement has summoned a life that makes me tick.
Cool Shit I Did
Aside from the trading, dividend investing, and blogging, I got to do a lot of other cool things thanks to my new found freedom.
Admittedly, I look back and wonder if I should’ve travelled more, yet it’s understandable given the underlying circumstances as to why I did not.
However, I still got the opportunity to do a lot of cool shit because of my flexible schedule.
I was able to do things impulsively and just go by the feels.
What a gluttonous, sun-filled week that was!
Speaking of gluttony, the past year has brought the importance of diet and health to my attention.
Not that I’m any kind of health role model to follow, though.
I’ve become somewhat of a wine enthusiast and there’s been a ton of weeks during the past year where I’ve been in an all out binge.
I mean, I’ve now been to Niagara Falls enough to never want to go back again. There’s a brewery down there that probably knows this too.
Still and all, at least the continuous binge of debauchery helped me decide on my favourite kinds of wine.
Overall, the past year has been a personally expansive experience that grounded and reinvigorated life.
Considerations For Taking A Mini-Retirement
To those out there considering a mini-retirement of your own, I have some advice for you based on the my last 13 months of experience.
Start A Blog. I’m sure you saw this one coming, but wouldn’t it be cool to document your journey? As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been blogging since November 2015 now. The whole year-off journal is now something I can reflect on for the rest of my days. Blogging has been a revolutionary experience in terms of skill and relationship building. And it’s pretty fucking fun too. You can start a blog through WordPress hosted by Bluehost by clicking here. Follow the steps or send an email to email@example.com if you have any questions.
Say Yes Instead Of No. If you’re like I used to be then you say no a lot. You say no to fun with friends because you think you’ve got everything figured out, you’re too tight with money, or you are simply too damn tired after the work week. If there’s anything you do during the time off, it should be to open yourself up to new experiences as much as possible. You just never know who you might meet and how they’ll make an impact on you.
Develop Habits & Build Routines. It’s so incredibly easy to mismanage our most valuable commodity, time. It’s easy to get side tracked when you’re not subject to any schedule. That said, it’s important to determine the structure of each day in advance. Don’t wake up and flip on the T.V. or you’ll probably start doing that every morning.
Prepare Financially. This should not come as a surprise because life requires money, however, there’s a few points worth mentioning. The first is to not assume how much money you need to live on each month. Don’t guess! Create a simple spreadsheet to track monthly expenses and project out from there. You also might want to practice an income adjusted lifestyle in advance.
Get Creative AF With Expressing Yourself. It’s an absolute must to express yourself as much as possible during an extended absence from the 9-to-5. Why? Because this is the opportunity to try all the things you’ve always wanted. It’s a chance to find yourself. You can get that haircut you’ve always wanted and start wearing the clothes you really like. Hell, get a tattoo if that’s your thing. It’s your time.
A mini-retirement is prime for chasing those contradistinctive things in life you’ve secretly coveted.
Questions: What other important things should be considered when taking a mini-retirement? How would you spend a year off work?
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