3 Ways to Chase the Life You Love
It’s 6:00am, Monday. You roll out of bed, drink your coffee, ready yourself for work, kiss your spouse goodbye, drive a stressful commute through rush hour, clock in to work, smile politely to your coworkers, clock out, beat your head on the dashboard on the road again, try to see your family, eat, and go to bed. It’s 6:00am, Tuesday…
- When did the American Dream become working our lives away?
- When did spending 90% of our waking hours at work and only 10% of our lives being with those we love?
- When did our ambitions become dreams?
- When did we trade family for work?
If this resonates with you, I can relate. This was the same story Grace and I were living our first three years of marriage. Although we are incredibly thankful, we felt as though Grace’s mother was raising OUR child while the two of us were at work.
Each day I drove 1.5 hours to work, worked 9 hours, and drove 2 hours back home. 13 hours away from my family, and I was only going to see them for 2 hours each night. I loved my job, but the commute was robbing me of my family.
Finally, we had enough of this! We grew tired of the nice house in the suburbs. We were tired of debt. “We were sick and tired of being sick and tired!” as Dave Ramsey so eloquently puts it.
We were sick and tired of being sick and tired!Dave Ramsey
We set forth on a journey that brought us to a point where we could spend more time with our family, while helping others along the way. Thus, Chase the Life You Love was born!
With that, I invite you to embark on your own journey with 3 Ways to Chase the Life You Love!
1. Become Debt Free to Chase the Life You Love
A study that was published in 2015 shows that 8 out of 10 American’s have Debt. That means that only 20% of people in America can actually do whatever they want with their money without worrying about who they owe money too.
Proverbs 22:7 says that “…the slave is borrower to the lender.” How can you live your own life if you are living as a slave, paying back your debts?
By obtaining financial freedom, you free yourself from the bonds of debt and can invest your time and energy back into your family and your life.
2. Downsize to Chase the Life You Love
Perhaps more difficult than obtaining Financial Freedom is downsizing. By downsizing, I mean getting rid of things you don’t need. The clothes you haven’t worn in a year, the “decorations” that overflow the living room, the toys you are so attached to but your children never play with anymore…perhaps a smaller house?
I’ll be the first to admit, I love my stuff, but that’s all it is…stuff. The memories made with the item are not embedded into it so that you only remember it when you touch or see it. The memories are the things you carry with you and remember, and they will never leave you.
At the end of our days, we can’t take our stuff with us. When you can design your life around the idea of making memories with your family rather than the stuff you bring home, you can design a life you love.
3. Find Your Passion to Chase the Life You Love
Don’t overthink this. You know your passion, it’s just a matter of taking the risk to pursue it.
Don’t try to fool yourself into thinking it’s what you might want to do. Your passion is the thing you think about while you idle at your desk scrolling through social media rather than working.
Pursue your passion to travel. Pursue your passion to be with your family. Pursue your passion to become a photographer…Pursue your passion!