Will you be completely satisfied even with an ideal career in the long term? I argue no. Even if you have the perfect career, there will be days when you feel a void. How can you prepare to fill the void and feel satisfied with your life? Here are two suggestions to make you even happier.
1. Incorporate hobbies into your routine.
Whether this is exercise, modeling, acting, singing or other ways of getting creative, the hobbies in your life will help you feel like you are treating yourself well. Pampering is always important, and if you have always wanted to model but your career is eating away at your time, all the more reason to pursue modeling as a hobby. I suggest pursuing at least two other hobbies outside of work or your regular routine.
Once you have figured out at least two hobbies that you've always had a passion for and that make you feel good, schedule at least once a week to actively enjoy them.
2. Find ways to generate multiple streams of income.
Often times, relying on a single income adds risk should economic conditions turn stark. I suggest figuring out what else you like to do, and are good at (i.e. your skill sets), and find ways to generate at least one stream of additional income. If you need to know where to start, think about what you have repeatedly been successful at to find your skill sets (e.g. singing, software coding, writing, visual arts, etc.) and then consider who you need to contact to develop a working, financially-lucrative relationship. Multiple incomes can protect you from financial instability, and can help you make use of the many interests you have. Cherish your skill sets and let them shine.
For example, if you have the talent of singing, find gigs on the weekends to help you earn additional revenue. You will more than likely get much more out of it, like meeting new people.
So, in order to begin leading a more fulfilling, balanced and financially-supported lifestyle, try to do these two things: 1. incorporate hobbies into your lifestyle (e.g. exercise, knitting, modeling, writing, painting, real estate work, hiking, yoga, gardening, etc.) and 2. find ways to generate multiple streams of income. For next week's blog, I will discuss how to sit down and plan your short and long-term goals so you can actively work towards them.