To kick off financial literacy month, I’m focusing on my recent experience of a unexpected income loss as a contract worker and how I’ve learned to survive it.
For those just tuning in, spring was mired with indecision on whether to take a sabbatical; then fate decided and catapulted me into one, right at the start of summer no less. How lucky is that?!
I turned my unexpected loss of income into a summer sabbatical, which came to an end in early September. Gone are the days of gardening at sunrise, daytime eavesdropping expeditions at coffee shops (you’d be amazed how interesting people’s lives can be), last minute plans to visit family and friends and fire & ice vacations! In return though, income is flowing again!
There are signs all around me that summer is waning: end of summer exhibition (CNE) is happening, first day of school and it’s getting dark earlier. September skidded in overnight. July was largely spent resting, re-learning that I didn’t need to be busy every second — relaxing counted as being productive and leaning into this unexpected sabbatical. So while July was an adjustment period, I started to hit my stride in August.
How did we get to the end of July already? Seriously! I have no idea where the time has gone. Being lucky enough to have the summer off, I should have plenty of it! I know time is like more space in a house, the more you have it, the more you simply fill it. More time doesn’t automatically equate feeling satisfied with how you filled it. What have you done with your warm weather so far?
The expression deer in headlights has been on my mind lately. Have you heard this expression? I think almost everyone are familiar with it. Have you ever been in a position where you’ve felt you’re the said deer? Paralyzed by a situation, unsure what you’re next move is? This doesn’t have to be a negative situation. For the past little while, I’ve been locked by indecision: Path A or Path B? Maybe there’s a hidden path C? Options are a funny thing. We all want options when we feel trapped. When luckily presented with several good options, we can get paralyzed with choice. Thus it’s been for me: take a much needed break from work and delay savings goal timeline or continue working and stay on course for savings goals.
What exactly is ambition intermission? It’s a term I made up; I’ve been running in circles finding a way to express what’s on my mind and haven’t been able to describe it without a wordy explanation.
There are blogs dedicated to figuring out what your goals are, how to achieve them. Self help books on motivation, passion and skills to help you get to where you want to go. Happiness, ambition and passion are all interrelated into making your dreams and goals come true. I’ve found accomplishing a goal is a moving target. Not in the sense that you’re never satisfied once you accomplish what you set out to do. We naturally set goals based on what we perceive is possible. As we grow along the way, through new perspectives and skills learned, our ambition or goals grow with that new understanding.
Sometimes though, along this journey, you can still have the same ambition and passion, but you end up in what I’m calling ambition intermission. You still have the same broad plan but not sure what the next step is.