Over on Men with Pens, they’ve been discussing starting a freelance business without any money. Meanwhile, earlier this week I received an email from someone who asked me if I was one of those who could follow my dreams because I’d already made my million(s) in Internet Marketing (or some such thing) and could therefore basically retire while I pursued my dreams.
The short answer
The slightly longer version
When I sold my house, I paid off my debts, then divided what was left into two portions, one half to give me a year without needing to work, and the other half to go into my retirement savings.
I stretched the year of not working six months further by spending a few months working for room and board through the Help Exchange program.
Then after running through all my money, I got myself a part time job teaching English and have since been looking at ways to bring other money in while still having enough time/energy to write my fiction (which is my someday dream). Some months have been good, other months (such as last month) I’ve earned 80 euros.
Fortunately, I have a boyfriend who is willing to help support me (although the last time I started a business I had the equity in my house fulfill the same role). My only other advantage over some others is not having children or other dependents.
Because my passion for writing and my love for living in Europe (and of Raul) are stronger than my desire for money, when I left Canada I decided that I would make it work, no matter the money situation.
Yes, I might be poor and yes, I worry some months about paying rent and eating, but I’m happier than I’ve ever been. Although I’d love to have both money and happiness when faced with an either/or situation, I have always chosen and always will choose happiness over money.
The money will come eventually.
- Money must always be a consideration but it should never be an excuse not to follow a dream.
- If you are pursuing money but are unhappy now, to fund happiness later, how do you know you’ll actually find that happiness?
P.S. And to help that money come, I’ve put a price back on the workshop – but guess what? You get to pick the price. Go check it out!