I think it’s because it’s the idea someone can be “plucked out of every day life.” That one day you are hanging out and then *poof* you are a princess.
But that’s not what happened here. Harry and Megan were intentional. Rumors are that a match maker set up their first date. Harry was looking for a partner in his philanthropic work. Megan had been laying the groundwork for a life of philanthropy for years. Megan’s fairy tale requires sacrifice – loss of privacy, living a country away from her family and friends, and following all the protocols of royal life. Plus, the increased scrutiny of the press which she had previously been able to avoid even as an actress.
If you feel that longing to be plucked out of every day life – the good news is that you can do something about it. The bad news is that it requires discipline and sacrifice.
To most people, an extraordinary life means a life of freedom – total autonomy. That usually means financial freedom and there’s two ways to accomplish that:
1. Spend Less
2. Control your income/earn more
Spend Less – You see posts about cutting out Starbucks, moving to tiny houses, budgeting with envelopes full of cash or making your laundry detergent. What I’ve found successful is being brutal. Do the deep dive into your expenses. Find out what is necessary and what is extra. The truth I found is that saving money means doing more things yourself. You are trading time for convenience. A simple example: My husband and I have sandwiches for lunch. We were buying $7.99 per pound organic lunch meat – 3 pounds a week. It was the most expensive thing on our grocery list. We decided to stop buying lunch meat and start buying a whole rotisserie chicken each week for $4.99. It makes time to carve, but we saved about $19 a week or $988 a year. W
The other end of the spectrum is controlling your income.
Here’s the truth. If you want to move to a life without a boss and be 100% in control of your income, in my experience, you have to :
Create content so compelling hundreds of thousands of people consume it monthly and therefore advertisers want to pay you to promote their products within your content. – This is the path of Instagram ads, YouTube videos, and blogs.
Sell Something - It can be something you create: your writing, jewelry, photography, etc. It can also be products you source from somewhere else and make a commission or profit on selling them. This is the path I choose – booking vacations and selling skin care for a commission. I have to be honest. Selling is tough. It’s an ego crush as people reject you, ignore you or dismiss you. But it’s worth it. I love having my future 100% in my control. I can work from anywhere. Need more income? I just work harder. I’ve found that no company will care about your future more than you will.
What do you think? Does this ring true to you?