“Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life.”- Ray Bradbury

5416019910_ecd6338eec_zAre you feeling stuck by the confines of your job? Do you find yourself day-dreaming about those haunting – “What if’s”…What if life is as short as everyone says it is – and this is my life? At Hipster, we totally know the feeling. In fact, Chief Hipster Ali Boone left her career in aeronautics to strike it out on her own and live the life of her dreams. Making your dreams a reality doesn’t happen overnight – but really, what does?

While Ali uses turnkey real estate investment as her vehicle for lifestyle design, what’s yours going to be? Are you ready? Do you want it? Let’s take a look at what Buzzfeed just can’t tell you about living the life of your dreams!

Lifestyle Design Step One: What’s Not Working?

As cliche as this may sound – it’s time to listen to your heart. Take a look around at your current life and make a list (written, visual or mental) of what just isn’t making you happy – after all, happy reigns supreme. Don’t be afraid to get as truthful and as honest as you need to be. Remember: this is your time and this is about YOU.

Lifestyle Design Step Two: What Do You Want? Really?

Not – what would be nice…. but what will make your heart sing and your soul ski-jump? Do you want to travel the world? Want more cash? Wanna start a craft-brew company from home? More friends? Less?? Listen to yourself: you know yourself better than anyone else out there. Allow yourself to really feel what living the life you dream up would be – and then move on to the next step.

Lifestyle Design Step Three: Take Honest Action!

Hard talk: Stop daydreaming and take action. If you’re serious about lifestyle design – and you should be as this is the only life we get – it’s time to stop wasting time in a cubicle staring at the clock,waiting for the weekend (see Office Space, anyone?)… Put the pedal to the metal and start brainstorming ways to make your dreams REAL. Whether it’s through more education, real estate investment, or using the resources you already have – just do it. And let yourself feel free.

Key Takeaway For Everyone:

Buzzfeed is awesome. We love it. Actually, it’s addictive. However, you can find out a lot about yourself (which Harry Potter character are you?) – but you can’t find out what it is YOU truly want. The ball is in your court – and it’s time to start playing.

Key Takeaway For Real Estate Investors:

Whether you’re considering your first deal or adding more to your fold, be sure your real estate portfolio is in line with the life you want to lead and is helping you do it. If not, it’s time to reevaluate your goals – and rethink your dreams.

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