It was a full page ad. The woman wore funky glasses and an angled, blunt haircut. Her posture, her smile, the sparkle in her eyes emanated a happiness, a confidence, and a freedom I wanted. But none of that is what drew me in. As I flipped through the catalog for the Boston Center for Adult Education that day, what caught my eye was the title of this woman’s course: Making a Living Without A Job. Well, who wouldn’t want to know how to do that?
The course had the same title as her book. A book? You mean there was a whole book on how to make a living without being tied to a soul-sucking 9-5 job? As it turns out, there are quite a few shelves of books on this very topic. On my trip to the bookstore, however, I was on a mission. I picked up Barbara Winter‘s first and, as I do with all books before I buy them, I opened to the first page and started reading. I couldn’t stop.
I bought the book, signed up for her course, and wouldn’t be living the life I live today had I not seen that ad over ten years ago. If you dread Monday mornings, don’t have time to do the things you love most, are forced to commute the same time everyone else does, or have to commute at all, I highly recommend checking out Barbara’s Joyfully Jobless web site and book. As far as I can tell, we only get one life. Might was well make it one you enjoy living.