A Different Corner

What Is Lifestyle Design?

What are you planning to do when you retire? Do you hope to travel, spend time with friends and family, take up new hobbies or volunteer to support a cause?

How long will it take you to retire? For average people, it takes about 45 years, if you live that long. Maybe you’re hoping to retire sooner, in 30, or 20 or even 10 years by working hard.

Why does it have to be that way? Why do most of us go to college, find a so called good job and spend 30-40 years of our lives climbing the corporate ladder only to retire when we’re past our prime?

Barcelona At Sunset

I just don’t feel it has to be this way. And it won’t be for me. Not anymore.

December Sand

Is it possible to live an unconventional life that unlocks the lifestyle of the rich and retired now, while you’re still in your “working years.”?

Yes, I feel that it is possible. You will certainly have to step outside of your comfort zone.

That’s exactly the philosophy behind Lifestyle Design.

I am going to design my own lifestyle.

I realize I will have to work along the way. That’s fine. I am not against work. I just want it to be meaningful. I want it to make a difference.

Dolmabahçe Palace

And of course I want to see the world. I need to see the world.

Who Can Benefit From Lifestyle Design?

Macchu Picchu

Anyone with a desire for something more, something better, than the deferred life plan they are currently living.

Everyone can take advantage of certain elements of lifestyle design. At its most basic level, lifestyle design is about questioning the predominant work ethic that teaches us to become corporate drones, working 40-60 hours or more every week while living for the weekends and a few weeks of vacation every year.

Somewhere in Dana Point, CA

Lifestyle Design is about examining your life and your goals and thinking unconventionally about how to make things possible now instead of later.

It’s about designing your life instead of letting society design it for you.

hong kong
Hong Kong from the peak on a summer’s night by Stuck in Customs

Please share your thoughts in the comments.

All photos are courtesy of Flickr.


6 thoughts on “My Lifestyle Design Project

  1. I just came across some books by Derek Tangye (UK author) – I first read “Donkey In the Meadow” over 33 years ago and it perfectly described the life I wanted even at 18 years old. I find that nothing has changed – I still want that life….and I’ve gone a long way towards it but still work too much. The only thing I would like to be rich for is to be able to choose how to spend my time.

    1. Yes. If I came into a large sum of money I would still want to travel and be location independent. I want to see and experience as much of the world as possible. This working for a living thing sucks:)

  2. This is the first time I visit your blog and I am loving it! I live in Barcelona now and this post made me realize how much I’ve done to get here.

    When you really want something, life will find its way to give you.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts in this blog.

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