Today we welcome our Tuesday contributor, Catherine Alford!
If there’s anything I’ve learned from packing up my life and moving to a Caribbean island, it’s that we don’t have to wait to dream a little bigger. I think we all have idea of what we hope our future will look like in terms of retirement funds and how much money we should save. Yet, very rarely do we challenge that image and dream a little bigger.
Why Not Now?
There are a select few people in the world who have developed a system of earning passive income whether from their investments or the type of businesses they have. Some of them like Tim Ferriss are young! They’ve found a way to live the life they want without being chained to a desk from 9-5.
Why Not Retire For a Little Bit?
Moving to the Caribbean has shown me that life won’t be over just because I quit a job to do something else for a little while. I think we all just live with this fear that if we leave our jobs to try something else, we’ll screw up our lives.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. When I moved here, I had no idea what I was doing. I left a job with the federal government – a pretty secure job that a lot of people wanted. I was scared, but I did it anyway. I came here with debt and without any job prospects, but eventually, it all worked out because of a little bit of luck and a lot of work ethic.
So, I ask you, why not just save up $30-$50k and live somewhere else for a year? Just retire for a little bit! You never know who you are going to meet, what opportunities will come up, or what you’ll learn along the way. You can always go back to your life as it was before, but after an experience like that, you’ll never be the same (and it is awesome!)
It’s Okay To Be Different
The type of people who dream bigger when it comes to their life and money goals are the type of people who are different. They see a bigger picture than the typical American culture of go to college, get a job, save up, and retire. They have wanderlust and an entrepreneurial spirit. They’re not afraid of trying new things until they get it right, and if they have kids, they see it as a chance to show their kids something unique, rather than worry about uprooting them from their routine.
I’m Not Sure Where I Fall
I’m not sure where I fall on the spectrum. I do know that my experiences over the past two years have shown me that anything is possible and that life doesn’t have to be as cookie cutter as we think it should be. I’m going to go through a lot more changes over the next few months as we move away from the Caribbean and back to the States, except now I won’t be job-hunting. I’ll be working for myself, something I never even considered until I took a step outside of my comfort zone and dreamed a little bigger.
What are some of your dreams? Have you ever wondered how to make them bigger?