Its been 6 years since we left the 9 to 5 rat race. It seems like a lifetime ago. But I remember what it was like when we first decided to stop the insanity.
NO more commute. It felt strange to get up and not have to leave the house each morning. Our fuel bill went way down. It was quiet and calm each morning at home.
No alarm clock jolting us out of bed and dragging myself to the shower to get me going.
I felt like I was doing something wrong. For so many years I had to go to work. I wondered if I was making a mistake or felt guilty not going to work each day.
I think it took about two years to decompress from the daily grind. I slept a lot. I didn’t realize how sleep deprived I was until I didn’t have to get up everyday.
I had a lot of anxiety. It did not feel right getting to stay home. I wondered if the bubble would burst and I would have to go back to the grind. I felt guilty if I pursued my interest and hobbies like I should be doing more productive things with my time. I think it was kind of a ptsd.
I had to retrain myself to relax and enjoy life without work. It was a blessing to get out at 48 years old. My goal was 50. About two years in I finally got that this was real and it was okay to get up and do whatever I wanted to including doing nothing.
I have been living in an R.V. by the beach now for over a year. We are slowly developing a new lot a five minute walk to the beach and building a small home (576 square feet) debt free.
So what the heck do we do for money?!
Well it is a combination of online income from blogging, DIY products we sell on our other sites, ad revenue, affiliate commissions and coaching/consulting others.
Our cost of living is greatly diminished and dropping more and more. We have no car payments, credit cards or mortgage. Our current expenses are about 2k per month. That will drop by 45% in the next 18 months.
We stay very busy. I don’t know how I had time to work 😉 We are very busy and the days fly by with our projects around the property and online ventures.
We live in paradise. We moved to the coast where the climate is Mediterranean Oceanic. It is a mild climate here cool summers don’t need an air conditioner and warmer winters. More like fall all winter with a few dips to the freezing point. You can listen to the sounds of the surf from the patio and out the window.
The area is a vacation hotspot during the summer with lots of events and fun things to do. The is an outdoor lovers dream. Right out our front door is hiking, biking, camping, hunting, fishing, boating and more.
We really are blessed to live here and be able to have the free time to enjoy it. The whole dream came true when we decided to get out of the rat race.