January was a perfect example of our seasonal life. Maybe it’s from growing up in wheat and cattle country, but I’ve never cared for each month to feel exactly like the last month. I love the ebb and flow of the seasons. I love to work on certain projects in certain months and then switch gears. Too much of anything burns me out, even vacations. It’s part of the reason a standard 9-5 job was always lackluster for me. I hated doing the exact same thing week after week, 50 weeks a year.
One of my favorite mentoring questions is about the “Ideal Day”. (If you sign up for my newsletter, you can get all three of my life planning conversations sheets!) Partly because I think it’s important to not only know what your ideal day and week look like, but also how you would structure a year. How many weeks of travel are right for you? How many weeks of big projects? Weeks of recreation or rest? Do you want a few weeks of gardening? What about a week or two each year for a house/car/hobby project?
In this mini-retirement, we have been able to test out and try different “ideal year” schedules to find what fits the best for our family.
Some people say, “I’d love to retire early so I can travel a lot.” Or “I would never retire early because I love working.” Or even more vague, “I’d just love to do whatever I want to do.”
One of my favorite things to watch is when people go through the mentoring questions in my courses or in the 1-on-1 mentoring and say, “Oh, actually being as THIS is what we want, there are a whole bunch of different options to get the exact life we want!!!” Once we