How to Know When to Chuck it All and Chase Your Dream

Roxanne Hale

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The world is more than just unpredictable right now. It’s down-right crazy. No doubt, you’ve noticed.

Now hardly seems like a prudent time to turn your own life upside down on purpose. Yet, many people are discovering there has never been a better time to chuck it all and chase their long-held dream.

In some cases, their job disappeared overnight, and they have no choice. For others, the work/life imbalance they always tolerated gave way to the forced opportunities to work from home. And they loved it.

If you've found yourself unmoored in life or your career recently, you may be asking yourself – is now the time to finally make it happen?

…But how do you know if it’s time to take the plunge and change your life?

Can you afford to do it?

Switching careers at any stage of life can be difficult. It doesn't mean it's impossible, though.

Consider your options. Are student loans possible? Can you change your living arrangements to save money? Do you have a supportive partner or family member willing to shoulder the financial load for a while? Can you apprentice or moonlight?

Do you have the time to commit to learning a new line of work?

The silver lining these days is that many people are finding they do have time to spare. Why not take advantage of it and learn something new?

Are you prepared to get up earlier, work later, and forgo other pastimes in your life right now?

Do you have someone supportive in your corner?

If you’ve decided that it’s time to change your life, you'll need a supportive person in your corner. Well, maybe you don't need that, but making a major life change is a heck of a lot easier if your family and friends are pulling for you. It always helps to have someone loving pushing you forward instead of holding you back.

Do you really want it?

The truth is a shortage of time, money, and support aren't deal-breakers when you really want something in life.

You find the time. You cut back on commitments and work a little longer. You save up, work extra, or research ways to off-set expenses. Unsupportive friends and family can't even shake you off your goal.

Chances are, if you don't feel that dogged about your dream, you may not really want it bad enough. In that case, be honest with yourself. Otherwise, you could end up blaming others or life's circumstances for missing out on your calling. Do you really want to do that?

Have you always wondered how your life would have turned out if you had chased your dream from the start? If you're tired of wondering, maybe 2021 is the PERFECT year for you to find out.

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Roxanne Hale, owner, and broker of Arthouse has spent over 20 years in the real estate business. Here you'll find a collection of stories about buying and selling real estate & home building advice, housing history, and architecture & design tips. Oh, and some fun personal stories every now and then!

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