In my past two posts, I have been writing about reinventing yourself. I have shared parts of my own journey, as well as some of the thoughts that stand between you and your dreams. In this post, we will look at some first steps that can help you to make your dream into a reality.
My own journey did not begin with that flight across the country, moving from a house to a boat. When we began to consider living aboard, we took smaller steps first: we experimented with having fewer possessions, we improved our sailing, and we lived aboard for various amounts of time during the summer. These smaller steps made the big change much less daunting.
Are you ready to start moving toward your dream?
1. Find ways to test the waters.
Find ways to bring aspects of your dream life into your everyday life. This can help you to determine whether those aspects will work for you long-term. Remember that living your dream will not be glamorous, day in and day out. Making a part of the reality you want into your everyday reality can help you to understand how your dream will look in the world outside of your dreams.
Are you thinking of starting your own business? Then find ways to work part-time from home, so that you can get the feel for what it will be like to work there. Considering a tiny house? Then live in a smaller area within your own house. If your dream involves a smaller living space, try living without some of your possessions.
2. Talk to people in the trenches.
Find someone who is doing what you want to do, and ask them how they make it work. This can help you to determine whether this is what you want to do, and to formulate a plan, if it is. Getting to know someone living in the situation you're looking at can help you to get a realistic picture of what to expect and what you need to. Networking with someone in a career field that interests you can help you to get an idea of the typical pay, qualifications and education necessary, and the ins and outs of the field.
In my case, my journey began when I met a couple who had been living aboard for 10 years, with minimal possessions. We wrote back and forth for a few months, while they shared with me the best tricks for living in a small space. Then, when I wanted to start my own business, I asked a friend who was doing what I wanted to do, and she became my mentor, training me in her methods and helping me to get started.
3. Work out (and practice) a budget.
Research what your budget will be, as you begin to change your lifestyle. Be realistic, and consider all expenses. Starting a business will likely mean a pay cut at first. Career changes can lead to budget changes. Moving can lead to either an increase or a decrease in your budget.
If your budget is going to be reduced, try living on it for a few months. Can you make that amount of money comfortable for you and your family? Practicing the budget can give your family some time to work out the kinks and improve your spending habits, while having a "safety net."
4. Go on a "dream vacation."
If your plan involves relocating, then take a trip to the place where you would like to go. If that is not possible, then visit a similar place. If you are considering moving a the city, then visit a nearby city. If you want to move into the mountains, then visit a town in the mountains. Spend some time looking at this location through the eyes of someone who wants to live there, not just as a tourist.
It is also possible to "test drive" different living situations. If you are considering a tiny house, stay in a cabin in a campground. If you want to downsize, rent a house or condo the size that you are considering. The important thing is to remember to keep your focus on what daily life would be like.
In my next post, we will look at some things to consider when making a plan to reinvent yourself.
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