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The Path to Semi-Retirement

Semi-retirement is about breaking away from the rat race to do what you love. It is leaving behind the nine to five world of mindless routines and making more time for yourself.



In Semi-retirement you continue to work, just a lot less. And you get to choose the work you do!


Instead of working five to six days a week, you work three or four. The rest of your time is for you to create and to grow as a person.


Full retirement sounds horrible to me.


We all need a little structure in our lives. Working part-time provides a social network. You meet people and are exposed to limitless ideas and opportunities.


I live abroad and work as a teacher. My work is an opportunity to get to know the locals. I am the only native English speaker at work, which gives me an incentive to learn Spanish.


Get Paid to See the World

I am using semi-retirement as an opportunity to travel the world.


There are a lot of opportunities to work abroad. It is a matter of putting yourself out there and finding a way to make it happen. Work Away and English teaching jobs are a good start. Most of them provide the basic necessities of life.


Just like in the normal workforce, it is about getting your foot in the door and showing people that you are willing to work.


Don’t be too picky! What you are looking for is a learning opportunity. Take a job and give it a shot.


The worst that can happen is that your new job sucks just as much as your old one.


Get Unstuck

I have been so-called “semi-retired” now for two years. I left behind my desk job about two years ago for the excitement of the unknown.


My life had become a monotonous routine. I could do my old job with my eyes closed. I was bored and I felt like I was wasting my precious time on this planet.


After feeling this way for about a year, I decided to make a change.


I had always dreamt of living abroad but didn’t think it was possible. It was intimidating at first. I didn’t know where to even begin looking for jobs abroad. I just started applying for every job I could find on the internet. I applied for jobs in Asia, South America, Australia, and Europe.


I was all in!


This went on for a couple of months and I felt like I wasn’t getting noticed. My next plan was to just move to another country with the hope of finding a job when I got there.


Then it happened, I got a job offer! I was offered a job in Spain as an English teacher. The school ended up being in a tiny fishing village on the Mediterranean.


It was just like a dream was coming true.


I took the job and the rest is history! I have been living in Spain for the last two years.


This year I relocated to the city of Malaga. It is a coastal city in the south of Spain, best known for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.


Revive Your Creativity

I did it! I figured out a way to semi-retire abroad.


I work twelve hours a week.


My job provides health insurance and enough money to live on.


The rest of my time, I write and hang out in cafes and eat tapas. It’s a good life! I broke away from my monotonous nine to five job and started creating again. FREEDOM!!!


At the end of the day, you need to stop and ask yourself if you are working to live or living to work?


If all work does is pay your car payment and mortgage, then what is the point. There has got to be a better life. If you feel this way, then start taking small steps to create the life you want to live.


Anytime I want to make a change in my life, I meditate on what I want my life to look like.


Others call this activity visualization, basically taking a few minutes at the beginning of the day and visualizing what you want your day and life to look like.


Sometimes, all it takes is a simple shift in your frame of mind to break free from your mundane routine!


Action Item:

Start visualizing what you want your life to look like. Each morning when you wake up, take five minutes to visualize what your ideal life looks like. It’s as simple as throwing your legs off the side of the bed and sitting there to meditate before moving on with your day.


Reading Material:

Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life by Shakti Gawain

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