Lifestyle Design – A Life More Fabulous

A buzzword phrase that has been around for a while is “lifestyle design”.

What?

It’s the idea that you can take your own life by the horns, as it were, and create the life you want to live. It’s about eschewing a particular lifestyle you believe is expected of you – such as the 9-5 job, marriage, kids, mortgage, car etc that is so prevalent today – for the life that would actually fulfil you.

As I’ve looked into this phenomenon, and the people who are doing it, I feel a kinship, even though I hold a permanent job. While they are largely entrepeneurs who aren’t on a payroll anywhere, the spirit of wanting to travel the world, and crafting a life whereby this is possible, resonates with me.

My Life

I myself think I have it pretty good working 3 days a week. It’s not part-time though, because it’s shift work. I work three 12 hour days (or nights) a week, which leaves me time to do all sorts of other things I enjoy, like blogging, shopping and banking when no-one else is around, planning my next travel jaunt etc..

Because we get built-in sections of time off (like a 5 day break and an 8 day break within each six week cycle), it’s relatively easy for me to take just a few days of leave, and hey presto! have a 2 or 3 week holiday.

This is the reason I can travel so much. And yet, I don’t have to forego a stable job, or buying a house. For me, it’s a happy medium. It’s not as extreme as these ‘digital nomads’ I list below, but it’s a lifestyle I’m reasonably content with.

However, if you’re NOT content with your current lifestyle, and feel it might be time to make a change, here are some great places to start.

It’s about shattering the template lifestyle, and this post shares the lives of 40 different bloggers who have done just that. While the site tends to focus on youth, let’s face it, anyone can start choosing to live the life they want, regardless of age.

  • I especially liked one blogger who has used his new lifestyle for good. Dwight Turner is a guy from Atlanta who moved to Bangkok and built a grassroots volunteer organization to make a difference to the urban poor and refugees in Thailand. His blog In Search of Sanuk (sanuk means”fun” in Thai) challenges readers to create a lifestyle of fun and giving, and ignite change in your own communities.

  • Cody McKibben who is one of the authors of the Untemplater Manifesto, has a great blog himself, Thrilling Heroics. When asked what lifestyle design meant to him, he said:

LD is “creating the ideal life that I want to live. It means identifying my dreams and goals, and laying out a plan to turn that vision into a reality. My own, unique, rebellious version of the ‘American’ dream”.

In one blog post, he discusses how to reach your dreams with lifestyle design, and he has a great resources page if you want to explore further.

  • There’s Rockstar Lifestyle Design. Greg is a real life rock star who lives on his own terms and enjoys every minute of it. His passion goes beyond music and business as he focuses on helping people find innovative ways to create their own rock star lifestyle by living on their own terms.

“My name is Christine Gilbert and in July 2008 I took the leap from being a manager in a large Fortune 500 Company to being a freelance writer–traveling and working remotely from anywhere. Some people call it being a digital nomad, location independent, vagabonding, or even flashpacking. All I know is that I live where I want, earn a modest living as a freelance writer and travel when the mood strikes– all thanks to a good wifi connection and strong coffee. In July 2008, I sold all of my belongs, and began my full time traveling adventure. So far I’ve traveled around 13 countries and over 20 cities.”

She has a terrific post 30 Ways in 30 Days to Redesign Your Life and Travel The World. This is tremendously inspiring, and full of practical tips too. I defy you to read it and not wonder, “what if?”

  •  Of course there is our own beloved Gala Darling, who left the corporate world at 23 and has become a full-time blogger, international nomad and playgirl. 

She talks about her own humble beginnings in this post answering a reader’s plaintive cry – I don’t know what to do with my life!

So there are a heap of links for you to peruse, and life change challenges for you to consider.

Of course, YOUR ideal lifestyle might not actually be to travel. But anyone can take some of the principles these guys and girls espouse and live by, to craft your own ideal life.

I just wanted to put it out there, that there are different options for your life. 

Take five minutes just now to think about how you’d LIKE your life to be, and think of one little step you could take to get closer to that dream, however vague and nebulous it may now seem.

Here’s to “A Life More Fabulous!”

Song of the Day: Design for Life – Manic Street Preachers.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the list. There's a few interesting ones there that I gotta check out. I'm kinda jealous of your lifestyle because I'd like to travel more although I don't want a house.

  2. Hey Lis, thanks for your comment. I really like your blog, and especially the vids (I must go back and watch some of them later).

    Anyone reading this and wanting to know more about Lifestyle Design and this new breed of people, check out http://www.liscarpenter.com/