My Termination 6 Month Anniversary – Thinking and Dreaming But Not Yet Doing

The question of, “What do I want to do with my life” doesn’t go away. Ever.

One of the main reasons for writing this blog is to document my thoughts and feelings throughout this journey. I hope it can be helpful to both myself and to others who may start this journey after me.

It’s now the 6 month anniversary of my termination from my company. I’ve already written posts of my 1-month, 2-month, and 3-month anniversaries  so you can see the evolution of my thinking.

Once things started to settle down, I settled into a routine that actually was eerily similar to a typical work week.

Even my wife started saying that I was as busy (or even busier) than before. I began to realize that I still had the mentality of an employee,  even though I had no employer to  pay me!

But in the last couple of months, that started to change.

Everyone has heard of the quintessential question, “What would you do if money weren’t an issue?”

In the past, I would just answer with lofty goals like: found a start-up, travel the world, end poverty, save the whales, etc.

But now, even though I’m not quite FI, I’m feeling out possible answers to that question. 

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My Termination 3 Month Anniversary – Beyond Money…For Now

That feeling of peace, when you can say to yourself, “Hey, I got this.”

Something pretty unexpected happened during the third month of my unemployment. Amazingly, my anxieties and stress about money, which were always in the background ready to jump to the fore, faded to a quiet murmur. I started to become beyond money.

At least for now.

And when I say beyond money, I mean that money no longer engenders in me the negative emotions as it did in the past. Instead, it allows me to conceive and achieve my goals.

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What Are You Willing to Suffer For? A Response to Mark Manson

I recently came across an article written by author Mark Manson, who wrote The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck, a counterintuitive primer on how to deal with life’s problems.

Great book, despite the profanity

I liked it, despite the profanity in the title. I thought his writing was refreshingly honest. And his traveling lifestyle was something I could easily identify with.

There were many elements of Greek Stoicism – written for the Millennial generation.
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My Termination 2 Month Anniversary – The 80/20 Principle for My Schedule

Feeling like I’m still on the clock…

It’s now been 2 months since my termination from my company. I was actually not sure what to expect once the frenzied paperwork subsided. (Please see my post on my 1 Month Anniversary which was a roller coaster of emotions.)

I even took a pleasant vacation with my wife, which was fun and a lot of work planning and organizing. But since my 1 month anniversary, I’ve been settling in and thinking of the future. Continue reading “My Termination 2 Month Anniversary – The 80/20 Principle for My Schedule”

My Termination 1 Month Anniversary – The Emotional Roller Coaster

Excited! Inching up!

I’m definitely not the most self-aware person. I’m just not in touch with my feelings – something which my wife tells me often. So I’m starting a series to reflect on what I’m going through post-termination.

As I look back on my first month post termination, I recognize that there is a distinct roller coaster of emotion.
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