I woke up four months shy of my 30th birthday and realized my life wasn’t bad. Not a tremendous revelation, but “not bad” was not what I had imagined for myself. At 22 I fell into a 9-5 office job and eight years later I was still there coasting along. I was in decent financial shape but not awesome.
There has always been an underlying voice nagging, “You should be doing something more. Something better. Something different.” But then I’d get distracted by Netflix, Facebook or some other social media time-suck and forget all about those feelings of malaise. There was nothing intentional about the way I was spending my time or my money. And those things added up to an unintentional life.
I would occasionally attempt to turn off autopilot and take control of my life. I joined Mint and never adhered to the budgets I established, created countless excel spreadsheets and similarly never utilized them, went to a financial advisor who attempted to sell me $400/month in life insurance I didn’t need, signed up to take the LSAT and then chickened out, signed up for a 10 classes of yoga and let the bulk of the classes expire. So many false starts.
The Mindful Hustle is my effort, written down and published for the internet to see how I will hold myself accountable for my own life and the day by day work it requires to set and achieve goals. Because I won’t settle for another false start. Mind, body, wallet. We’re all about to get in shape.