In the last few months I have had the opportunity to interview some amazing women. 5 have been published so far and more are on the way. I am very grateful for the willingness to share stories and thoughts here on the blog.
My initial goal was and still is to help others see that there is not only one way to do things, but a million (and more)! I have personally learned and gained a lot from these first interviews and wanted to share some of those here.
Everything connects and is useful. When we change direction in life, we often see the things we did in the past as something we wasted time on. The interviewed showed me that everything we do, studies, work and other experiences, are the steppingstones towards the future and an important and integral part of it. Without those things, none of us would be where we are today. Everything is relevant, even if it doesn’t always seem like it.
It didn’t happen because of luck. When people do bold moves or difficult decisions the surroundings often respond with “you are so lucky that you get to…..” Most of the interviewed had experienced something similar, but all stated that luck, in their opinion, wasn’t part of the equation, but rather bold choices, serious planning or big changes in all areas of life.
Something is the last straw. Big changes demand though decisions and that is why that, in almost all interviews so far, there were mentioned a “last straw”; a person, an event or situation, that after a string of other things, finalized the decision and made non-regrettable.
Spending less and spending differently. Spending is often used as a compensation for something else. By buying and paying for something, we seem to hope to gain something that is otherwise missing. In a majority of the interviews it was mentioned how spending habits changed when they choose to make a change and to pursue what they really wanted. In some cases, money was managed to make the transition easier, in other cases it was the transition that made the difference in spending. In all cases, it was mentioned, that spending today is much different (and less) than before, as there has been a big change in how material things are perceived as well as how money are prioritized.
Learning from others. Even though there are similarities to be found between people and circumstances, it is clear that every person is unique and special. No two people are the same and that is why we can never compare ourselves to others; only use them to learn new things, get different perspectives and to be inspired. And I have been very inspired!