My latest Facebook status has inspired me to answer this question once and for all.
Honestly! Are you funding my holidays? Buying my house(s) for me? Paying for my private healthcare, my laser treatment and yearly spa subscription?
If the answer is no, kindly stop asking. Because I don’t question you regularly about living how you want.
This question is asked at least twice a week, by friends and family, colleagues, dogs, cats, everyone.
I in fact praise people who are happy with very little, or nothing at all, because they are the real MVP’s, the people who have unlocked life at the best level. But I’m not one of those people. I want to travel, experience as many different things in life as possible and own a beautiful home. Whether you like it or not, those things don’t come cheap.
I’m not one of the lucky people who had parents that paid their mortgage deposit for them, or who still give them money as grown adults (the latter makes me cringe). Everything I own I worked hard for myself.
The idea of retiring at 71 makes me want to hurl, and I’d rather put in the work now to avoid having to work later in life. I’ve also been exposed to different ways of living that a lot of people my age or in my area haven’t. And I want that life.
I work at least six, sometimes seven days a week, and it’s not because I like money. In fact I couldn’t care less about money. I just like having control of my life, whether that means waking up today and deciding to fly to Bali tomorrow, or walking into a shop and buying something that would make my friends or family happy, without worrying about the cost. I don’t like the way money controls people and prevents me from doing things. I want to reach a stage where I don’t have to worry about money.
I guess that is the spoilt me coming out. Being fortunate enough to still live at home with my mother, I’m in the position to live a lifestyle that many can’t (see previous post) and I don’t see why I have to change that lifestyle when I move out and have bills to pay. So yes I will work seven days a week if I have to, in two jobs that I LOVE. Again I understand that that working in a job that you love is a fortunate position to be in.
Lastly, my mentor; a lovely woman who has the lifestyle that I am aiming for, sent me this.
Has that answered your question?
Lizzy shares her lifestyle and opinions whilst travelling around the world.
Not only is she a young, career-focused professional, she’s a Starbucks and Zara enthusiast.
She’d like to settle down and have kids, but all in good time.