It is your life. Spend it doing the things you love.
I think we all reach a point when we just feel like we've lost our way. We get caught up in the mundaneness of daily life. We stop enjoying our lives and give up on our life goals. I don't think that we even know what we want our lives to be like any more. Surely the best way to live your ideal life is to design and plan it? It's time to begin.
Lifestyle Design Inspiration
The Holstee Manifesto Lifecycle VideoVideo / ByHolstee
I love this video. It never fails to make me smile when I'm feeling down and reminds about what truly makes us happy. It is a celebration of gatherings, of diversity, of life, and of the beauty of shared experience.
The 4-Hour Workweek
The 4-Hour WorkweekBook / ByTimothy Ferriss
I could definitely handle working just four hours a week. However, I resisted reading this book for a very long time because, naturally, having never met Tim, I decided that I did not 'approve' of him. This is not the most well written book you'll read and you may very well have issues with some of his methods, but this is the book that brought lifestyle design into the mainstream. He does a good job of explaining how you can spend less time working and create an automated business. And also how you can travel the world for cheaper than you think or do the other things you love but thought you would never have the time or the money to do.
Dane Low's Four Hour Work Week SuccessVideo / ByDane Low
So now that you're working only four hours a week, how do you spend your time? Sooner or later you will be bored with shopping, lunches, playing golf, the spa, etc. Dane Low is one of many people who have successfully implemented the concepts in The 4-Hour Workweek
More Lifestyle Design Resources
Lifestyle Design and Your Ideal WorldArticle / ByChris Guillebeau
Learn how to create your perfect day. You will also be guided in setting some short and long-term goals to create your ideal world.
Creating a Blueprint for Your FutureArticle / ByBrett McKay
This article is targeted at men. Do not let this put you off as it does equally apply to women. So if you want to spend a weekend crafting your ideal life, read on. It will take you through the various roles you play in your life, prioritising these roles and deciding what's important to you. Then setting some goals which are measurable.
Lifestyle Design: How to Create Your Life as You Want ItArticle / ByAngela Severance
This is a great article on the what, why and how to of lifestyle design. Angela gets you started with designing your own life around the things you love. She also shares her own experience of how she came to live a more vibrant life.
The Art of Non-Conformity: Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want, and Change the WorldBook / ByChris Guillebeau
If you want to travel the world while freelancing this book is a must - Chris knows what he's talking about because he's done just that. Readers of his blog will know that Chris set a goal of visiting all 193 United Nations member states. He completed this goal on 7th April 2013 after a decade of travel.
Lifestyle design when you have a family
Pearce On Earth - Traveling FamilyArticle / ByBrandon Pearce
So you've read all the other articles in this collection and you've decided that you really want to quit the rat race and travel the world. But you have a spouse and young family so you think you can't. Think again because lots of families are already doing this. The Pearce family is one such example. They even had a third child along the way.
The Happiness ProjectBook / ByGretchen Rubin
"One April day, on a morning just like every other morning, I had a sudden realization: I was in danger of wasting my life." This was how the Happiness Project started for Gretchen. She created a list of 12 commandments and lessons she'd learnt about adulthood to stay on her path on this year long quest. During the course of the year she would tackle vitality, marriage, work, parenthood, friendship, money, leisure and more. Unlike others who have gone on similar quests, Gretchen did all this not on some far flung mountain but at home with her husband and two young children.