When we last spoke two and a half years ago, I was working a 9-5 job that was sucking my soul out, remodeling a house that was sucking my retirement fund dry, and in a relationship that was sucking out my life energy and moving it in a moral direction I did not want.
I changed many things in the last few years.
I quit my job. Yup, just up and quit, I have not worked full time for over 9 months and it feels great. I have traveled, explored and nourished my soul, and have worked at finding Passion and Purpose.
The house has been completely remodeled and I now have two roommates that pay enough rent to cover the the cost of the entire mortgage and utilities. That's right, I have zero living expenses in this house as long as I keep two roommates.
My last post in June, 2012 indicated all was well with WWW and we had re-confirmed a commitment to each other . Well..... I'm happy to say we broke up very soon after that last post. Our core beliefs were not a good match and I was tired of pushing personal boundaries that didn't need pushing.
So Where Am I Now?
I am in a very good place.
Life is much simpler. I am cooking most of my meals instead of eating out almost every day. My meals are mostly vegetarian with meat only 3-4 meals a week, This is saving me a huge amount of money and I've also lost about 20 pounds! My body feels great, and darn if I don't look pretty good with a healthy appearance!
I've slowed my social life down and no longer spending huge amounts of money on concert tickets, bars tabs, or fleeting moments of instant gratification.
I work a day or two each week helping an 88 year old woman with yard work and house work. This feels really good. She bosses me around quite a bit, but it's great to have moments of good conversation with her, and heck, she is even teaching me about gardening. I make enough money to pay for gas and some groceries each week.
My roommates are awesome, and they are really helping me stretch my savings. I am very blessed to have this situation. Years of saving and hard work has paid off. I can comfortably live in a nice home that is being paid for 100% by my roommates. My savings will last for quite a few years if I continue to work small jobs here and there.
When I started this blog, it was to document my progress in fulfilling a dream of traveling in a van across the country. Well.... I can now say I've done a bit of that. With great pleasure, I bought an empty cargo van and outfitted it with a bed and some living accouterments and spent one full month traveling the west coast. It was wonderful.
And you know what else has happened in the last 2 1/2 years? Better than everything else?
I fell in love.
Yes, I fell in love with an amazing woman 9 months ago.
Life is Good. Passion and Purpose are slowly entering back into my life. I am happy. I am content.
It has truly been a Fantastic Voyage