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Dream come true

Today is the day that my hopes and dreams are coming true!

OK, well, sort of. I’m putting bit of a spin on it, as although it’s technically an accurate statement, I must admit I’m feeling somewhat ambivalent about the whole situation.

Back in January I wrote about some changes that would be taking place in terms of my job (you know, my real job – the one that pays me money for my efforts). Life moves quickly, and now that April 1 is rolling around the time has come for those changes to take effect. This means that as of this coming week, for the first time in a couple of decades I’ll be working a four-day (as opposed to five-day), 25-hour work week.

Exciting? Very! Scary? Oh, yes.

On the one hand, this is what I dreamed about and planned for, way back when we first decided to pack up and move to a city with a lower cost of living. No regrets there! Yet as much as I’m looking forward to fulfilling this part of my dream, I’m rather anxious about the financial implications of such a shift.

I think this is, in part, why I’ve been so aware of and receptive to ideas about goal-setting lately. I’m going to have more time (and less money) to spend, and the last thing I want to do is fritter it all away. Setting some goals would help give a direction to this new-found wealth of time, and help me spend it in areas that are important to me, on things of value and substance.

So, as I say goodbye to a full work week and embrace a four-day mentality, my mind is ticking away, scheming as to how I can make this new lifestyle the very best it can possibly be.

Any thoughts or suggestions?

Laurel Regan – Writer, tangler, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, cat herder, needle felter, iPhoneographer, Growlita, iFan, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Beth March 30, 2012

    I don’t have any suggestions as you are clearly making decisions and taking steps to make your life richer in the ways that matter most. I would like to congratulate you on making it happen and I hope you enjoy every one of your additional free minutes. Yay you!!!!
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  • dbstevens March 31, 2012

    I think I remember you saying you’re a coffee drinker? Make a little list every morning, when you sit down to enjoy your java, about the things you want to do that day.

    Celebrate every evening when you accomplish them all — I mean, really take time to acknowledge what you’ve done, and celebrate somehow — then forgive yourself those nights when you don’t.
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  • Jenn March 31, 2012

    I don’t believe we are meant to work our lives away– although I enjoy working immensely. I think that we are equally meant to enjoy life-and I think you’ll find that time to enjoy things you haven’t been able to enjoy because of work. It might mean a tighter budget–but you can plan accordingly for that as well. Cheers!! Jenn.
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  • Becky March 31, 2012

    I admire you for all the steps you’ve taken toward creating the life you want. I don’t really have any advice–but I can say that when we look, we can always find things that recharge and nourish our creative energy that don’t cost a thing!
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  • Betty March 31, 2012

    So glad that you have realized a part of your dream. I know that you will continue to enjoy life when you continue to consider planning each day and celebrating your accomplishments.

    I had a little trouble after I retired completely from a regularly-paid job. There were some days that I didn’t feel as though I accomplished anything. So — I made a list each day (as suggested above) and by the end of the day, I could often see some real accomplishments and I felt better about myself. My spending now takes a lot of planning, but I feel a lot better about life.
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  • Masked Mom March 31, 2012

    No suggestions, but happy to be along for the ride. :)
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  • Sylver Blaque March 31, 2012

    I’m very excited for you! Think of all the extra hours you’ll have to write. :) My only suggestion is to plan absolutely nothing for your first day of freedom. Sleep in, wake up slowly, allow your subconscious to fill you with all those thoughts & feelings you didn’t have time to lay there and mull over before. Follow those thoughts & feelings, let them guide your day…no calendar, time clock, or to-do list. Allow yourself a day of complete freedom from a schedule. It’ll cleanse old thinking patterns & set the stage for new ones based in creativity & connection to that inner self that we writers can’t write without. Good luck & happy new life! :)
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