Kanysha, my friend, aspiring novelist, and author of “5 Ways To Be Smart About Being Dumb” here on Fabulous N’ Frugal talk about this all of the time. We met close to three years ago at a writers’ class and have kept in touch since. She, an attorney, and me, an educational administrator, enjoy our respective professions, but at our core and our souls, we are writers, advocates for black women, and dreamers.
But we have been holding it in, concerned more about meeting the expectations of others and our race than our own happiness. But let me tell you, anything that you push down long enough must find an exit.
And I am feeling the pressure.
Now that I am married I have to talk it over with my husband, but I have been seriously thinking about taking a year off so I can give myself permission to pursue my passion and tie up all of the loose ends in my life– things that I wanted to do but never did.
My job allows for yearlong personal leaves of absence. Here is what I want to do for a year. It is not complete, but it encompasses all of the things that I love: literature, travel, writing, being married, and how to make Fabulous N’ Frugal an empire.
I am sharing my Personal Mission Statement: The Year of No Regrets to inspire you to do the same. I wrote this a couple of months ago so the dates are a little off, but the spirit of the Year of No Regrets is the same.
My Personal Mission Statement: For 11 months and 29 days, I will let what’s inside of me come out. For 11 months and 29 days, I will practice holistic self-care and write the proverbial song about it. For 11 months and 29 days, I will:
What would I need to do to prepare for my year off:
Frugalistas– What would you do with a year off? What would you name your year? What would you need to do to prepare for that year? Are there some things that you could do now?
[info_box type=”alert_box”]If you want to practice self-care, you have to care for your finances. My book, The Happy Finances Challenge, is designed to help you learn to make money decisions that will lead to long-term financial happiness in just 42 days. [/info_box]