Read or watch what other people are saying about taking time off, living an alternative lifestyle, and more.

The New York Times: The Moral Bucket List

Not driven by career advancement or owning property or acquiring status and stuff, but instead trying to live a life that is driven by kindness.

“…They are not really living for happiness, as it is conventionally defined. They see life as a moral drama and feel fulfilled only when they are enmeshed in a struggle on behalf of some ideal. This is a philosophy for stumblers. The stumbler scuffs through life, a little off balance…..The stumbler has an outstretched arm, ready to receive and offer assistance. Her friends are there for deep conversation, comfort and advice….”

My mom, the free spirit

by André-Jean Maheu – Special to The Globe and Mail

“…To “provide for your family” is a pretty vague concept. For most people, it is interpreted as working to get the money required to buy the things you and your kids need and want. It’s easy to become misguided along the way, confusing “needing” and “wanting,” and since there is no shortage of stuff we want, we end up working a lot. We sacrifice a lot of our life this way, probably because there is something inherently reassuring in owning, maybe even stockpiling, things….”

Ted Talk – TedGlobal 2009:

The Power of Time Off

Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh their creative outlook. He explains the often overlooked value of time off and shows the innovative projects inspired by his time in Bali.

TEDxRainier – Rick Steves:

The Value of Travel

“Fear is for people who don’t get out very much.” After spending 4 months a year for the last 30 years living out of a suitcase, Rick Steves reflects on the value of thoughtful travel. In this thoughtful video, Steves tells us why spending all that time and money away from home has broadened his perspective and enriched his life.

The National Post:

You’d have to be crazy to buy real estate

“…According to data from the TD Bank, housing prices in Canada from 1980 to 2012 increased at an annual rate of 5.4 per cent, Toronto and Vancouver a full point higher. The Dow Jones Industrial Average calculates its average annual return for the same time period was 8.9 per cent….  TD and the Real Estate Board concur, over the next couple of decades, real estate should grow 3 per cent annually, while stocks will grow 7 per cent….”

You May Want to Marry My Husband

by Published in the New York Times

“…I have been married to the most extraordinary man for 26 years. I was planning on at least another 26 together….Want to hear a sick joke? A husband and wife walk into the emergency room in the late evening on Sept. 5, 2015. A few hours and tests later, the doctor clarifies that the unusual pain the wife is feeling on her right side isn’t the no-biggie appendicitis they suspected but rather ovarian cancer. So many plans instantly went poof.”

Globe and Mail:

Quit Harvard for a cabin in the words? She did.

“….she sold her home in London and decided to live in an apartment, paying off debt. She doesn’t buy a lot of fancy clothes or expensive things. As she put it in her blog: Fewer responsibilities + more money in the bank = more freedom. She suggests simplifying your life and downsizing…”

The Atlantic:

Buy Experience, Not Things

“Forty-seven percent of the time, the average mind is wandering. It wanders about a third of the time while a person is reading, talking with other people, or taking care of children. ..that wandering, according to psychologist Matthew Killingsworth, is not good for well-being. A mind belongs in one place…happiness is in the content of moment-to-moment experiences…..”

Why I Quit My Job To Travel The World… Should You?

Meet Ross and Alyse.  The link to this article from their blog: They are a bit younger than Scott and I, but they’ve clearly figured it out.  Here’s a clip:

“From the outside, we had everything going for us. We had doggedly powered through our University degrees, so we could get on the ‘real’ reason you get a business degree, to dive in and conquer the business world! After completing an internship with a commercial real estate brokerage, I decided to forgo the traditional job search and take a position in brokerage and ‘cut my teeth’ as the youngest and sole female broker in the city. I was 21.”

The BBC online:

How I quit my job to travel -advice from those who took the plunge

The BBC has a fantastic travel section on their website.  Within that site they have an entire section filled with stories of people who have quit their jobs to travel the world, opting to live an alternative life.  Lawyers, doctors, engineers, artists, writers, couples and singles, if you can think of a ‘type’ of person, they’re on here.  Find a blog that resonates for you. Read their story. Find your inspiration.

Why I Gave Up A $95,000 Job to Move to An Island and Scoop Ice Cream

“It all began four years ago. Back then I was living in Manhattan, a 31-year-old journalist making $95,000 a year. I lived in a lovely apartment in the East Village, a bustling neighborhood with every imaginable convenience and so much to entertain. But New York is a competitive city; you have spend most of your time working to afford to live there.”

Business Insider:

10 things I realized after I quit my job without a plan

“In September 2013, I walked out of my office and into the unknown. I had resigned from my job, with no concrete plans as to what I would be doing next. I emptied my apartment of seven years, put my boxes into storage….. My intention since the start had been to create a more independent and flexible lifestyle. I wanted to continue to work in digital marketing, where I had both the knowledge and the passion from my previous role; to pursue my more creative side by taking my writing more seriously; and, of course, to combine all this with the opportunity to travel and to spend time with friends and family.”

SERVICE-The Office Hours Blog:

Slow the Fuck Down

by Eric Karjaluoto

“You used to take pride in how busy you were. Lately, though, you realize it’s not working as you hoped. You’re tired. You’re stressed. And, you aren’t actually that effective. What if the best thing you can do for your career—and life—is to press pause, own your first priority, and set up a smarter way of working?…. …..let me emphasize the immense energy you can tap by being of service. Some will serve people or humanity, others will serve animals or the environment, yet others will serve discovery or culture. I’m not here to say which is right for you. What I can say (with a fair amount of certainty) is that any form of service will offer you more clarity, presence, and fulfillment than acting in self-interest.”


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