The Myth of “Your True Calling”

“What you feed in yourself that grows.” ― Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Ok, Hipsters. Here’s something a little controversial to throw at you: finding your true calling is a myth. It’s something you’re told you’ve got to do if you want to live a happy life. Yikes. High expectations, much? Sure, there are probably things you excel at and love but there isn’t one true path ...

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The Power of Yes: A Lifestyle Design Perspective

“i imagine that yes is the only living thing.” ― E.E. Cummings Lifestyle designers, today’s blog is a call to arms. The new year is here and it’s time to way shake things up. The arrow to put in your arsenal this year? Three letters, one simple word - and it comes with big magic: YES.  Saying YES more often can change your life. Look back at the ...

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Not Taking Risks Is Risky: True Lifestyle Design

“The biggest risk is not taking any risk... In a world that's changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” Mark Zuckerberg Risk assessment. We all do it. Some people even make a career out of it (think: insurance companies). It’s a basic, natural instinct we are born with: to stay alive. If we take one step too many on a cliff, ...

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Feng Shui Your Life

Hipsters, here’s a buzz word for you: feng shui. It’s the school of thought - or a system of laws - that consider the things in our environment and how they allow (or block) energy from flowing. Most of the time, when we think of feng shui, we think of our homes and things. What about our lives? Why not apply the basics of feng shui to the ...

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Lifestyle Design Lessons from the ‘90s

Time for a Flashback Friday! Put on your favorite crop top sweater, get your leather biker jacket out of the closet, reach for a tube of berry red lipstick and let’s skateboard over into the decade that gave rise to the Gen X slacker (aka the original lifestyle designers, ha!). Today, we’re learning about lifestyle design from the era of grunge music, flannel shirts and slap bracelets - ...

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What’s Your Life Net Worth? A Primer for Lifestyle Design

Ah, net worth. We talk about it from time to time here at Hipster - after all, we are an investment firm focused on strong cash flow from smart investments. There’s more, however, to net worth than just dollars and cents. Your bank account isn’t the only thing that holds value; in fact, your life could be said to have much more value than the money in your ...

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Are You Really Saving Money by Being a Landlord?

Are you really saving money by being a landlord versus paying a property manager? Awhile ago I wrote an article that explained the difference between active and passive income (See: The Truth About Active Income vs. Passive Income). In it, I talked about which investing methods fall under which income category. I identified having rental properties as being in the passive income category. Guess what though… there is a hitch ...

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The Art of Strategy in Lifestyle Design

Ah, strategies. According to Wikipedia, a strategy is “a high level plan to achieve one or more goals under conditions of uncertainty.” They’re used to win wars, win football games and win in the boardroom.  Generally, it’s a system of setting goals and plans to achieve these goals that help guarantee success in the long-term. Is designing - and living - the life of your dreams a biggie ...

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