I don’t know about anybody else, but when I’m thinking about making a life change I tend to read a lot. I specifically look for things that have been written by people who are doing awesome things. They make my big, scary thing look less big and scary. You could be taking a new class, making a career move, or leaving the country. Whatever the life change, these are great places to look for a kick up the bum. In a good, ‘you are not alone and you’ve definitely got this’ kind of a way.
If you’re on the verge of making a big move, whether that’s to a new apartment down the street, or to a whole different country, this is the blog for you. Originally from the USA, Helene recently relocated to Germany. If you’re looking for proof that moving and making the most of it is a real thing that real people can do, this is the place to look.
You’d have to search around the archives for a little bit, but Hannah Gale used to work as a journalist. She quit her job to pursue her dream and has been blogging ever since. And sometimes there are speed bumps, but she still muddles through. Your dream might not be blogger fame, but if all you’re looking for is written evidence that you’re not alone in making a career-based life change and doing whatever it takes to make it work, you’ll find it in spades.
If you’re living a busy and fulfilling city life but just can’t shake the feeling that there’s something else you’re meant to be doing, check out Roots and Refuge on Instagram. Jessica Sowards gave up running her own business to move to the countryside and run her own homestead. If you find yourself daydreaming about a slice of the good life, this account will make you see that it’s totally do-able.
A life change doesn’t come much bigger than having a baby. After all, you’re adding a whole person to your life for at least 18 years. And let’s be honest with the housing market what it is, it’ll realistically probably be twice that. But you’ll find a whole heap of blogs to read along the way to help you see you’re not alone. Bumpkin Betty is just one recent (and great!) example.
You might recognise Flora from the Great British Bakeoff. Well, now she’s working her butt off in Scotland with a book, a newly-purchased house, and a soon-to-be-opened bakery. I mean, she is doing an actual big, scary trifecta. She’s not just proof that anybody can make a big life change if they put their minds to it. She’s proof that most of us can take on way more than we first thought, which is always a good thing to know.
You might know the name. If not, you probably know of the best-selling Divergent book trilogy and subsequent movie franchise. But what you might not know is that back before that was a thing, Veronica Roth was documenting her writing process, as well as her journey to getting published. Even if your dream isn’t being a published author, it’s a great thing to read to see that it’s really possible for your hard work to pay off.
So, am I missing anything? If you go online looking for inspiration in times of trouble, where do you end up? I’m always on the lookout for sources I can add to my list for the next time I have a bad day. They happen to the best of us, right?