Lifestyle design is the brainchild of Timothy Ferriss of The 4-Hour Workweek. He’s a superuser of the Pareto principle and Parkinson’s Law. He uses geoarbitrage to allow multiple mini-retirements throughout life, instead of the 9:00 to 5:00 until you nearly croak then play shuffle board life model. He’s big into location independent living. And ballroom dance.
So, is lifestyle design for you? Yes! Even if you don’t want to be a competitive tango dancer and go to Mexico to become a lab rat? Yes!
Even if you don’t fit the model he describes, your life can be enhanced by living intentionally, by planning and crafting the life you want. The key is you. Your ideal life won’t be the same as Ferris’s. But the principles still apply.
I don’t want to be “location independent.” Believe it or not, I don’t love traveling. It’s fine on occasion, but it’s not a high priority for me. We designed our own home and love being here. I want my kids to have a sense of permanence, familiarity, community, and roots. I like having a home — in fact, in the past few years of moving around, I’ve been rather anxious to settle down, to create a permanent home for my children.
I do love ballroom dance. Currently two of our children are on competitive ballroom dance teams. Just last night I watched Jessica perform in a fabulous floor show. I don’t want to compete at Blackpool (what, in the middle-aged division?), but — having danced in high school and college — I’d love to take adult ballroom dance classes to relearn the steps I have forgotten. I’d love to master a really hard latin routine — preferably samba or cha cha. That would be so much more fun than a night at the movies!
I intentionally used the over-wrought living-on-an-island photo to identify this post. It’s come to signify the perfect lifestyle and easy living. And maybe swinging in a hammock on the beach really is your idea of living the dream. And that’s fine. But it’s not mine. As much as I love to visit Hawaii, I don’t want to live there.
Lifestyle design is about creating the life you want, living your dreams.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be posting some key practices to help you design an amazing life. In the meantime, start thinking on these important questions:
- What do you want to have?
- What do you want to be?
- What do you want to do?