I set a record for shifts at my part-time job the other week. I’ve also been going after as many freelance writing gigs that I can. I often bite off more than I can chew. I spent this summer constantly working hard.
My girlfriend is always frustrated with me because she feels that I work too much. She often comments that I work like, “a single mom with two kids.” She’s upset that I always have a new idea on my mind or that I’m always working on something. I feel bad that I always have to be busy, but I just have so many goals right now and I’m not afraid of work.
Why do I like working like I absolutely have to?
I don’t want to have to work so hard in the future when I actually do have a family and kids. I’m putting in the work now so that I can have security in the future. I’ve invested my money into property and retirement accounts because I want to live a good life when I’m older. I see too many older folks struggling to get by and figure out how to retire. I don’t want to be stuck at a job I hate in the future.
I’m going to try an experiment out this fall. I’m moving out of town with a cousin. We have a few ideas that we’re working on. I spent this summer trying to build up a decent “war chest” or “emergency fund” so that I can have money to pay for food and bills if things don’t work out. I’m working for my freedom and there’s nothing more motivating than freedom.
I like to travel fairly often. This year I went on three trips already and have fincon coming up. Last year I finally went to Europe all by myself on my first solo trip ever. None of this would’ve possible if I didn’t work hard to save money. I also work on trips because I love to write about personal finance and I really enjoy my work.
Going on a trip where every expense is fully covered with cash is an excellent feeling. I could never imagine putting a whole trip on my credit card and then stressing about paying the money back when I return.
You know the classic 1,000 year old saying:
“Work hard, play harder.”
I live this to the fullest. I always go out with friends for drinks. I go on mini-trips and I’m always looking for something fun to do. Thinking about an upcoming night gets me going during a late-night and it definitely blasts through any writer’s block that could possibly happen.
Working hard in your 20s isn’t for everyone. Finding that balance is difficult. You either get trapped into working all of the time or you never feel like getting off the couch. The fun lies in trying to find YOUR own balance between work and life.
While I do follow the work of Tim Ferriss and other lifestyle design bloggers, I believe that you have to put in the work to enjoy a solid quality of life.
Oh and if you’re a single mom with two kids — keep up the amazing work you do!
This article was mentioned in the Carnival of Personal Finance at Nerd Wallet.
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