For most of my life, I was driven by the American Dream. Having grown up a poor child with big opportunity, I was determined to become an example of all it stood for. But it wasn’t until my thirties that I learned that the was we think about that dream is all wrong.
I shared before that my journey to the Hudson Valley started in 2013. But looking back, I realize that I took my first steps here years before when I invested in the three tools I used to start designing this new life:
Last month on my drive from Texas back to New York, I stopped at my father’s place for a few days. Sitting across from me one morning, he took a slow sip of his coffee, smiled and said, “You know Rae-Rae, you are really something else.”
Stagnating wages, job insecurity and the rising costs of education and housing have birthed a movement. In it lifestyle designers prescribe entrepreneurship, investment and location independence for becoming the new rich, an alternative to the traditional view of the American Dream.
After 16 years as a lifestyle designer, what I know for sure is:
Life is an experiment.
Everything you do is representative of what you believe.