I’ve discovered and read a lot since starting this blog last month. Back then I described the blog’s purpose as enabling the good life through career flexibility. I’ve updated that purpose slightly and this is why.
There’s a growing movement out there that this blog is part of. I wrote about the movement earlier this week at length. It’s called Lifestyle Design.
People have been discussing lifestyle design in various forms since the dawn of the American Dream, but Timothy Ferriss put a label on the idea in his book, The 4-Hour work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich.
Lifestyle design is about questioning the predominant work ethic that teaches us to become corporate drones, working 40-60 hours or more every week while living for the weekends and a few weeks of vacation every year and looking forward to a distant retirement.
It’s about examining your life and your goals and thinking unconventionally about how to make things possible now instead of in retirement.
These are my definitions, and not Timothy Ferriss’ or anyone else’s exactly. I don’t claim or plan to follow Ferriss’ blueprint for lifestyle design necessarily. I simply feel that the term Lifestyle Design as he put forth does an excellent job of naming on what I and other people choose to write about and spend our time seeking.
I didn’t know it when I started the blog, but it has essentially been about lifestyle design. I’ve written about entrepreneurship, freelancing, work-life balance, living abroad and other things that could all be described as aspects of lifestyle design.
I’ve also found that others are writing about lifestyle design, or aspects of it, but many aren’t calling it that exactly. In addition to writing about my take on lifestyle design, I hope to share with you the best of other resources and articles I find on the web.
Thus, Free Pursuits will be your guide to lifestyle design.
Through resources, stories, news, tips and my own personal lifestyle experiments, I will show you how lifestyle design can dramatically change your life for the better.
I’m excited about becoming your guide to lifestyle, and I hope you will Subscribe to Free Pursuits (it’s free!) to follow me on a path to living a richer life.
Oh, and why the revised design? I wanted a fresh clean look that complimented the updated purpose. I’m not a trained designer, so please let me know what you think (about the design or mission) in the comments.