Once I decided I wanted to live a mobile lifestyle, I realized I would have to rethink how I earned a living. My first thought was to keep my current job and just transfer as often as they would let me. I soon found out they require a one-year minimum at a location before requesting a transfer. Even worse, the transfer could only happen if something was available in another office. We had recently joined a communications union so I decided to talk to my representative. The news is even worse. I will be lucky to get a transfer every 2 years.
My 9-5 is a good job with great benefits but in my heart, I know transferring every 2 years won’t work for me. I evaluated my budget to see just how much money I actually needed each month and found I could take a pay cut. Great! Even if I made minimum wage, I would be fine.
My next idea was living and working 3-4 months in one location, then going to another spot for 3-4 months, and repeating that cycle indefinitely. Though I would prefer a less static option, this is still my back up plan if all else fails.
For a long time, I just couldn’t see past the idea of needing to work a 9-5, even if only part-time. I still may have to, but I’m having fun exploring alternatives.
In the spirit of earning a living while remaining mobile, I have taken up writing again. I’ve always loved writing but never really thought of it as something I could do to make a living. I hope I can prove myself wrong. I find myself rather clever and my current lack of an adoring public doesn’t hinder my enthusiasm in the least. If I keep writing, someone is bound to think my words are worth their time.
I also started this Blog, but it is less about making money and more about sharing my journey. Plus I get to write a lot of words and the more words I put together, the better I get at putting them together. ☺
I have another site I am considering and if it works out I will link it to this blog. Everything is all in the planning and creating stages, but I feel good about it and my ideas. Of course, everything I think I have planned now could go in a vastly different direction a month from now. Regardless, I believe in my ability to create something viable.
Luckily, my 30’s proved to me I don’t need wealth. It didn’t make me remotely happy after all. In fact, the 10 years of struggle in my early 40’s provided me with more personal growth than ever.
I just want to earn a living for myself while traveling and have a little extra to put away for emergencies.
In June or so next year, if things are not progressing as I’d like, I will reassess. I have subscribed to the highly recommended Flexjobs career site and review the posted opportunities regularly. If I must, I will find a job that will allow me the mobile flexibility I need, because I am still leaving as planned. The one thing I will not reassess is my start date. Unless the start date is sooner. I’m good with sooner.