Design a Life You Love: Why You Don’t Need to be a Slave to Someone Else’s Dream
There are some people who are content with working a corporate gig and climbing the ladder, eventually collecting retirement and going off into their golden years having experienced very little life. But, some of us want more out of life. We want a life. One that allows us to work our own hours, take fitness classes in the middle of the day, and vacation in the places of our wildest dreams. I absolutely believe that you can design a life you truly love and that you don’t need to be a slave to someone else’s dreams. Maybe you need to work a 9-5 now to be able to build this life, but with a little persistence, you’ll be able to ditch your 9-5 to embrace what life is all about… living.
“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”
Sure, this may seem like a nice fluffy unicorn of a dream, but I’m watching people around me achieve this on a daily basis and it just deepens my belief that it can be done and that all the hard work I’m putting in will get me there. I produce movie trailers full time and I blog full time. It’s no small feet. My writing is important to me and I spend hours each week crafting content to inspire others. Whether I’m helping people through written word or creating stories for the screen, that is the life I am working toward. My #LifeByDesign would be working from an amazing home office, making plans to workout in the middle of the day, catch up with friends over dinner at a normal hour, and use my success to give back and pay it forward. And honestly, there’s no reason I can’t have that. There’s no reason YOU can’t have that.
“Winners are not people who never fail, but people who never quit.”
I read something over the weekend that only 1-2% reach the top level of success in MLM companies. You know what I thought? Well… that means there’s a whole lot of people giving up. I can’t imagine how many people have given up on their blogs because they weren’t earning what they thought they should be in a short amount of time. I can’t imagine how many people have dreams of small businesses but give up because the dream seems too big or too hard. So, these people become content with being a slave for someone else’s dream.
“Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm“
All the people that have created an amazing life didn’t get there by kinda sorta having their heart in it. They have failed, but tried again. They have been beaten, but got back up. They have thought about quitting over and over again, but didn’t. They realized that the path to success is not always straight and allowed themselves to take a winding road. The risk was worth the reward.
“If you don’t sacrifice for what you want, what you want becomes the sacrifice.”
Remember a few years ago, the story about the NYC woman who quit her 6-figure job to go serve ice cream on a beach in the Caribbean. Man, did I envy her. Not because I want to serve ice cream, but because she knew that life was meant to be lived and she also knew what would make her truly happy. Now, I’m at a place that I understand this. I understand my own happiness. Do you?
“Don’t wait for opportunity, create it.”
There are people out there doing it. There are. We hear their stories. So why aren’t we doing it? Why aren’t you doing it? We have to let go of the fear of being judged and go after our dreams. Go after building a life you love. Like I said, some people want comfortable, safe, and simple and that’s ok… But, If you don’t want that, you have to jump in the pool! Don’t let your dreams whither and die; you will absolutely regret it later in life. What does your perfect life look like? How are you going to get there? Start thinking about this. Write it down. Come up with a game plan and smaller mile markers. A goal without a plan is just a wish.
Start the blog. Sell the makeup. Make the handbags. Do what sets your soul on fire. Jump outside your comfort zone and get. shit. done. Whether you get there in 5 months or 5 years doesn’t matter. Just keep moving forward. If you don’t build your own dream, you’ll be hired to build someone else’s.
This is a good read – thank you! It’s always nice to take a step back and ask yourself if your life is what you want or is it someone else’s.
“Don’t wait for opportunity, create it.” Love this sentiment, such a great read. So important to start your goals
I so agree with this! You need to be your own person and do your own thing. And you do need to create your own opportunity! Don’t just wait around. Do something!
Excuse me while I take notes on those AWESOME quotes. This is a very inspirational post.
Very inspiring post for anyone who has the chance to change their life…and thats already a luxury…to have the choice! Frankly, not everybody have that! All they try is to survive the day.
Tasheena @ SimplyTasheena.com
Love this post! I agree sometimes people are waiting for opportunities to appear out of thin air instead of creating the opportunity for themselves.
“Don’t wait for opportunity, create it.” Is written on our bathroom mirror. This is a great read
This post passed in my heart, it has so much of practicality yet emotionality. Yes, it is we who have made our lives and it is we who can create our own future. Never leave self in the hands of destiny or someone else.
I really like this saying “Don’t wait for an opportunity, create it”. This is true, We must act for our dreams because if we wait for it nothing will happen to our dreams.
This quote is seriously so dead on!! Leap and the net will appear! Great article sweetie!
I believe that when opportunity doesn’t come to you, make your own opportunity! Eventually, those other opportunities will start to wait-in-line on you 🙂
Very inspirational post. Loved the title and instantly wanted to read the whole article.
Well, we make our dreams a reality, we make them happen!
This is an inspirational and awesome post. from the title to the ending, i love it.Thanks for sharing!
Having a 9-5 work (which I studied 10 years of my life to educate myself for) and a family IS the best life for me. I have afternoons off to spend for my craft and with my kid and I am able to afford travel to everywhere I want. Not everyone wants to go to a fitness class in the middle of the day 😉
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Love the title of this straight away – very inspirational and exactly what I am in the process of doing 🙂 x