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Does having a life you love mean you’re happy every minute of every day?

Of course not. If anyone tells you they are – run!

Those Internet ads with a guy grinning from ear to ear next to an exotic car with a mansion in the background make me laugh – then they make me grit my teeth and silently scream.  The headline in big bold letters promises to help you become rich beyond your wildest dreams.

But will you be happy? How many people have won millions in the lottery and went broke soon after?  Sure, some people would be happy with that mansion or car. But I suspect that happiness would wear off if you weren’t doing something that made you feel fulfilled from the inside out.

What would you do if you didn’t have to worry about money? Travel the world, give back in a way that’s meaningful to you?

Building a life you love doesn’t happen overnight.

Creating that life requires digging down deep to identify what’s important to you.

What brings you happiness and joy?  Several friends and former clients left successful, yet high-pressure lives and made a complete life change. One bought a farm. Another left to explore the world. No roots and no plans, just living freely as it suited her.

The thing I’ve always craved is freedom. While I was in corporate America, I enjoyed the people I worked with and loved my clients.  Several years later I was recruited into another company, and then another.

Over time, I turned into a workaholic which left me feeling unhealthy and unhappy.

Working for someone for the rest of my life wasn’t something I ever aspired to.  I wanted to be like my relatives who had their own businesses and the freedom to run it as they felt it should be. They worked hard, but they loved what they were building. They also had a life they built on their terms.  Being a workaholic was filling a void I hadn’t come to terms with yet. I needed my freedom.

I have no regrets about any of the experiences in my life, even the ones that weren’t pleasant. They all led to where I am now. I have the freedom I sought. I’m young enough to enjoy it, and old enough to know I still have a lot of work ahead of me. I also know I love this stage of my life and it doesn’t feel like work.

Are you ready for change?

Don’t wait. If you’re not in a position to make a change build the foundation. Take a hard look at your life. What’s working, what’s not?

There are steps you can take now.  If you want to start your own business, do your research now. Attend networking events. Want to spend your life traveling for a living – reach out to people doing that now.

Whatever your heart desires will take time, soul-searching and planning. You can do that for free now. Pick up a pen and paper or type away and put some solid ideas in place. Keep the momentum going and look for every opportunity to connect with others. Doors open as soon as you put your ideas into motion.

Are you willing to do what it takes?