Seth Godin says;
Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don't need to escape from.
What does it mean to build a life we don't have to escape from?
To build a life we don't have to escape from means creating a fulfilling and meaningful existence in which we feel content, satisfied, and at peace. It involves designing a lifestyle that aligns with our values, passions, and desires, and eliminates the need to constantly seek distractions or temporary relief from our daily reality.
Here are a few key aspects of building a life we don't have to escape from:
- Purpose and Meaning: It's important to identify and pursue activities, goals, or endeavors that bring a sense of purpose and meaning to our lives. This could be through meaningful work, creative pursuits, relationships, personal growth, or contributing to a greater cause.
- Authenticity and Self-Awareness: Building a life we don't want to escape from requires self-awareness and being true to ourselves. Understanding our values, strengths, weaknesses, and passions allows us to make choices and decisions that are aligned with our authentic selves.
- Balance and Well-being: Striving for a balanced life is crucial to avoid feeling overwhelmed or constantly seeking an escape. This involves maintaining a healthy work-life balance, prioritizing self-care, and taking care of our physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
- Healthy Relationships: Cultivating meaningful and supportive relationships is essential for building a life we don't want to escape from. Surrounding ourselves with people who uplift and inspire us, and who share our values, helps create a positive and fulfilling social environment.
- Embracing Challenges and Growth: Rather than avoiding or escaping from challenges, building a life we don't want to escape from means embracing them as opportunities for growth and learning. By developing resilience and a growth mindset, we can navigate difficulties and setbacks with greater ease.
- Gratitude and Mindfulness: Practicing gratitude and mindfulness can help us appreciate and find contentment in the present moment. Being fully present and grateful for the experiences, relationships, and achievements in our lives reduces the desire to escape or seek constant external stimulation.
Ultimately, building a life we don't have to escape from is about consciously creating a life that brings us joy, fulfillment, and a sense of purpose. It involves aligning our choices, actions, and environments with our values and aspirations, and cultivating a mindset that embraces challenges and appreciates the beauty of the present moment.
If you want help planning a life you don't have to escape from, get in touch!
Christi Shell, CWS®, AAMS®, BFA®, CETF® is Managing Director of Wealth Management at Shell Capital since 2011 and has over 30 years of personal finance experience. Christi started her career after high school joining First Tennessee Bank in 1991, where she worked her way up to manager while also earning a B.S. in Organizational Management from Tusculum University. Christi later became manager of Regions Bank until she joined Shell Capital. Christi earned certifications of Certified Wealth Strategist®, Accredited Asset Management Specialist®, Certified ETF Advisor®, and Behavioral Financial Advisor™. She completed the prestigious Wealth Management Theory & Practice program at Yale University. Christi holds a Series 65 Investment Advisor license and helps clients with overall wealth management and financial planning.