I just got back from a fun night/morning in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Yup, that’s right…I drove five hours to the middle of nowhere to watch Phil the groundhog make his yearly prediction.
And as I was standing there, freezing my butt off, I had a random thought. Something I want to share with you today. But before we get to that, let me give you a bit of background…
What Lifestyle Design Means to Most People
I know many people who’ve read Tim Ferriss’s 4 Hour Workweek and had a distorted opinion about lifestyle design. They think you have to quit your job, give away your possessions, and travel the world to enjoy life.
That’s not the message that I got from my book.
To me, lifestyle design means something different. In a word, it represents ‘freedom.’ The freedom to live my life on my terms. No boss checking over my shoulder. No morning commute. And no working at a job I hate. I wake up every morning and get to do what I want to do.
What Phil the Groundhog Taught Me
When I stood there in the cold this morning, I realized that you don’t have to fly halfway around the world and trek up a mountain to find fulfillment in life.
Sometimes a rewarding activity can be found in your own backyard (Okay, so Punxsutawney isn’t exactly my backyard but you get the point).
A common mistake I see people making is planning out over-elaborate vacations.
What they don’t realize is lifestyle design isn’t just about traveling the world. It’s having the freedom to say yes whenever you’re presented with something that’s a unique experience.
So yeah, I nearly froze to death. And I know Groundhog Day is a really corny event where people listen to a ‘talking weather-rat.’
But today was an experience I’ll remember the rest of my life.
Sometimes it’s the day-to-day things that provide the real value in life.
What Day-to-Day Experiences Do You Want?
I have fun doing goofy things like driving five hours to see a groundhog. If I didn’t have an online business, there’s no way today could have happened. I would be too busy working my 9 to 5 job.
So if you have a “job” what fun things do you feel like you’re missing? Spending more time with family? Enjoying your hobbies? Learning new skills? Relaxing?
Today Punxsutawney Phil reminded me that it’s important to enjoy the little things in life. Maybe this post will do the same for you.
Funny Groundhog Day Pictures
Well I don’t want you to miss out on all the fun. Below are a few pictures that I took from today’s (and last night’s) Groundhog Day’s festivities.
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