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Before You Do What You Love…

Our ambition in life is to be able to do what we want, when we want and not worry about the responsibilities in between, and we all have plans for self-improvement. But to get to this stage, you need to get everything else in order first. Whether you want to travel, pursue your hobbies, or try something new, it is essential that you don’t neglect responsibilities. Here are a few things to get in order before you quit your day job!

FINANCIAL INDEPENDENCE

Yeah, money problems. We all have them, we all wish we could just win the lottery and make them go away – sometimes without even buying a ticket! But getting to the stage where you are healthy in your finances is vital towards being able to fund anything that makes you happy.

Typically, your economic problems (no matter how great or small) will involve some sort of debt. Debt is not a nice thing, but it is mostly unavoidable. Getting rid of your debt may sound like a mammoth task, but consider researching different sorts of debt relief program. This will help you find the one that will be most beneficial in reducing what you owe and grant you the financial freedom to live life the way you want.

DON’T ABANDON EVERYTHING ELSE

Because you need something to fall back on. Just because you have the economic freedom to do what you love doesn’t mean you should quit your job and haul out of Dodge. You need to separate work and play, as doing something you enjoy for money can quickly sour your experience and sap the love away.

So it is not advisable to abandon your current lifestyle, but instead, make the changes that are required to accommodate this passion. The world is an unpredictable and often cruel place, so you never know what curveball might fly through your window and leave you tiptoes amongst broken glass. Having a contingency plan should everything fall apart will save the heartache later on.

DECIDE WHAT YOU LOVE

This is perhaps the most important thing to consider. We all have these whims and fleeting interests from time to time, and during these impulses, we typically throw ourselves entirely into whatever activity, from the useful, like sewing, to the downright bizarre like extreme ironing.

And so if you are getting to the stage where you feel you are ready to follow your passions, be wary that what you think is your passion is something that you won’t get bored within a few months. There’s no point splashing out on equipment for rock climbing if you’re going to sack it off in just a few weeks. The same can be said of any hobby that involves significant investment.

GO FOR IT

Doing what we love has been proven to improve both our mental and physical wellbeing. The practice of blowing off steam through activity that stimulates the mind and body, no matter what it might be, can lead to further positive changes in your life and open up possibilities you never imagined. So, get everything in order, live your life, and go for it.

About Madeline

Madeline is a mid-west mom of three who spends most of her time refilling ice trays and changing toilet paper...just kidding. She is a high school guidance counselor, all around funny gal, and a writer. Her first book, Be Happy Already!", is in the works.

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