The Joys of being Flexibile and Spontaneous

Yesterday I flew to New Jersey because I felt like surfing.

Some people think I’m crazy. They say “You can’t keep this up forever, you have to run out of money sometime.”

Personally, I believe there’s nothing wrong with my intentions. Why should I put my life on pause — because I’m not making much money? Because I “can’t afford” to do otherwise?

I prefer to continue living. Sacrificing fun to save money seems crazier than my recent choices.

That’s not to say that defending your savings is a bad thing — in fact it’s very responsible. Choosing to take a trip to the Jersey Shore so I can try and learn to surf seems irresponsible.

Yet here I am, 600 miles away from my usual writing area, still writing.

This is probably the biggest perk about blogging. As long as I have Internet access, I can “work.” (I use the word loosely because it doesn’t feel like work to me.)

Most jobs require your physical presence, grounding you to a single place where work can be performed.

This limitation of typical jobs was an important factor in my decision to begin working for myself.

I’m in a relationship with someone who isn’t sure where her career may take her in the next five years. In fact, we’re not certain where our relationship might take us in less than five years.

Writing articles on LifeReboot removed that limitation. If Cassie’s next job is in South Carolina, I can follow her there unconcerned about the need to find a new job. Similarly, should our relationship end unexpectedly, I wouldn’t be bound to Michigan by my current job — because I can continue blogging no matter where I go.

And when the desire strikes, I can leave Michigan to enjoy a few beach days in South Jersey and still be able to work. 😀

This is just one advantage of automating your income online. Other advantages include:

  1. Making money when I’m traveling.
  2. Making money while waiting in line at the airport.
  3. Making money while up in the air on the plane.
  4. Making money while meeting friends for lunch.
  5. Making money while I’m making plans to go surfing.
  6. Making money while I’m doing whatever I’m doing.

If you think I’m crazy, if you think I’m obsessed about money, or if you think I’m delusional, then that’s your choice.

Know that I’m simply excited that no matter what I choose to do, my website is always earning money for me. If you’re interested in knowing how I do it, then I encourage you to read my series: How To Automate Your Income Online

Try to live life on your own terms — it’s most interesting that way.

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4 Responses to “The Joys of being Flexibile and Spontaneous”

#1 OMouse on 22, Jun, 2007 at 1:53 am

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with spending money on having fun. You just have to make sure your fun doesn’t get in the way of what you’re doing with your life. As an example…an alcohol/drug addiction. Sure that may be fun, but it interferes with the rest of your life.

I think your article applies not only to blogging/writing but to anything creative. Your brain will work on it no matter what you’re doing.

#2 Shaun Boyd on 26, Jun, 2007 at 3:19 pm

Your comment reminds me of my article: Harness the Power of Your Subconscious Mind. Creativity fascinates me — the way you’re completely unaware that your brain is doing work on autopilot. Thanks for commenting.

#3 yo on 23, Aug, 2007 at 11:55 pm

1Ti 5:18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn…

Taking care of yourself (not necessarily having fun) while working does keep you up… for a long time at work I would not drink anything while on the job, because I didn’t want to be taken away from the customers. But then I really started hating my job after a few weeks… And one day, I really wanted to drink some soda, so I broke my rule and drank some soda. Immediately, I started to like work again. It was like I convinced myself that my working was not in vain…

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