The very first post on this site was about work, more importantly; doing work you love. Or maybe loving the work you do. There is a difference. But there is more to it for me. There are a lot of things I would love to explore, try out, do, for which I currently do not find the time. I want to change some of my habits. See how they work out. And how to actually change my habits in such a way that they stick. And maybe even more importantly, how to "unstick" old habits.
In this post, and possibly a series of posts, I will be dreaming out loud about what I currently think my life could look like.
One scenario that appeals to me a lot, is one where I make my own money to support my family. I am currently on a payroll, but would love to be able to decide what I make do to make money. I would make enough money to support the family as we currently are living, but becoming rich for me, has not much to do with financials.
Instead, I would like a "raise" in pay to lead to working a little bit less maybe. That is more time to spend with the family, or exploring new ideas. Those new ideas could lead to another project or business, which means: work, but that is the flexibility I would love to have. I was able to start working a bit less recently, meaning I work 4 days a week. Every monday I have an extra day off, which I get to spend with my son and I love that!
Then, to be more flexible in the balance between work time and free time. In "normal" weeks, I wouldn't mind working a lot, but in there is a school holiday, I would like to be able to spend more time with my wife and kid. My wife is bound to school holidays, so we are not extremely flexible to go travel whenever we want, but in my current job, I can take 20 days off in a year when I am working 4 days a week. I may not take each and every school vacation completely off, but it would be great to be able to spend 4 weeks in the summer and maybe a week in each other season or something.
But, to be completely off work is moot in my ideal world. Because I would be able to do a lot of work using a laptop and an internet connection. Meaning: if we were travelling 4 weeks in the summer period, I would still be able to spend some time "working", but that does not mean going to an office somewhere. I have many things that I care about, so blogs on one or more of those subjects could be "work".
Then, travel. I love to travel. As I said before, my wife and I love to travel my hippie van. We have hired such vans before, but I would really like to own a small campervan and really make it our own. We are both DIY people, so doing some renovating and decorating is something I dream about. Does not have to be a VW van, but could be.
Also, I would love to be able to spend several weeks visiting family in Canada, or go see some people I know from my year in the San Francisco Bay Area.
All that while working on stuff I really like: music making, maybe writing scores or arrangements. Writing about green, sustainable practises and living. And that brings up a whole new fantasy for me: my dream house or dream environment. But that is for another time.