Prior to COVID, did you feel like you could barely keep up with life? I had a 3 hour roundtrip commute to work. I had kids activities I had to take them to. My To-Do list kept getting longer and longer each week. I barely had time for myself. I felt like I was barely keeping up. After working from home due to COVID, it gave me so much of my time back. Luckily, I had a job where I could work from home. During this past year, I had time to catch up with my life. I had time to reset.
I can’t imagine where I would be if COVID didn’t happen. I would be getting 5 to 6 hours of sleep, rushing through traffic to get my kids to their activities, eating unhealthy, and being stuck in what seems like an endless loop. I’ve been able to get my health back into shape. I’ve been able to catch up on sleep. I’ve been able to spend more quality time with my family.
When it comes to finances, I’ve been spending less on gas since I’m not commuting very much. I’ve been eating out less because I want to maintain my new healthy lifestyle. I’ve been spending more quality time with my family with activities that are more outdoors instead of going out to a venue and having dinner. I’ve been spending more on groceries since we’re home more and cooking more. With everything said, financially I’m actually saving more with this new lifestyle and I’m much happier.
This time to reset has been a life changer. Is a reset even realistic? If it wasn’t for COVID I don’t think I would even had considered it or even thought it was possible. If I heard someone suggesting that I try to reset my life, I’d probably laugh. Don’t think that a reset is like taking a vacation. Going on vacation is temporary and your fast paced life is there waiting for you when you get back. A reset is something more drastic.
Everything that’s happened to me this past year has been drastic. My wife resigned from her job to pursue something she loves. I consider her already reaching her early retirement. I started this blog and because of this I’m paying closer attention to my financial strategy.
How do you reset? That’s a great question. It’s not like you can easily change careers, quit your job, move cities, take a sabbatical, etc. COVID forced us into our new environment and gave me that opportunity for that reset. Reflecting when my wife resigned from her job to pursue becoming an influencer, she didn’t just have the idea and quit. While she was working her normal job, she was trying to build this other thing. She’s put in so many hours but it allowed her the opportunity to be able to make a drastic change when she needed it.
Take the time to explore other opportunities and start preparing for it. I follow other Bloggers, YouTubers, and other social media influencers and I’ve seen where they started with a few followers and they kept doing their thing. They didn’t stop writing. They didn’t stop posting. They stayed consistent and they’ve continued to grow.
How do you reset? You need to start now, start preparing, start building, start doing something that will give you that reset button handy. Whether it’s to build additional income sources, going back to school to learn a new career field, moving to another city or country, or build a business, it takes time. Start early. I’ve had toxic jobs that I just couldn’t leave because I didn’t have any other options.
I wish it was easy to hit a reset button. You have to be able to create one for yourself. It’s not going to come to you on a silver platter. Sometimes you need time to reset but many of us aren’t in a position to do so. I was fortunate that COVID created that reset button for me. Don’t leave yourself in a vulnerable state with no options. Create your own reset button. If you are interested in following my journey, email subscribe to get alerts of latest posts or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest.
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