7 months ago I wrote about my tendency to start projects with enthusiasm only to lose interest as time passes. Spring and summer are gone and this same topic is still on my mind.
I wanted to create, I wanted to progress, I just didn’t know where to start and what was blocking me.
I need to dig deeper. It’s not only the personal finance blogger that I didn’t identify with anymore with. My life goal has changed in the course of time. I was doing well on my path to financial independence (FI), but I was still missing something. Something which a thicker bank account and passive income for life wouldn’t have been able to provide.
If I woke up with a €1million 💸💸💸 in my bank account, I would be financially independent. But what then? I would still not be satisfied.
I long for something more. A satisfaction which doesn’t need to be fed with external factors – growing net worth, a new job title, reaching a project milestone, a travel adventure, a new skill acquired. These accomplishments fade very quickly away. After a week or so, they are the new normal.
My New Goal
I aimed for FI because I thought it would give me space and time to play with my passions and find my calling. With time I realized it’s a long way until
So, I decided to redefine my goal. I haven’t nailed it yet, but it is something in the lines of:
My 5-year goal is to design a life I don’t need a vacation from, to feel fulfillment and enthusiasm every day, to let my creativity flow, to be in touch with nature and to be part of a bigger purpose.
It’s not that much to ask for, is it? 😉
My new definition of Success
With my new goal becoming clearer and clearer, I started scanning for a new definition of success and I found this gem:
Success is to like yourself, like what you do and like how you do it.
This resonated with me and I adopted it as my definition of success. Now the old world of goals and accomplishments needs to transform to the much more subjective but authentic world of what I liked (in myself, in my work).
This is a whole other game. A whole other set of tools is needed to crack this one open. Like patience (not my strongest suit) and letting
I need to re-wire my brain, so to say. It’s exciting but also terrifying. Stay with me on this journey 🙂 It’s going to be fun.
Header photo by Javier Allegue Barros on Unsplash
All the other photos by Kate App