Lifestyle Design Series


Today, I embark on a series of blogs talking about lifestyle design. I encourage you to join me in this journey of understanding, sharing and practicing lifestyle design changes. Perhaps, if you are like me, you may have come to a point when you ask, “What is the point of the things you do?” or “Is there something much more than working in an office from 9-5?” If so, then, let us together talk about doing a lifestyle design change.

First, let us understand, “What is lifestyle design?”

Lifestyle design is somewhat of a philosophical movement, spearheaded by those who reject traditional notions of  what defines a successful life. It is characterized by independence, the Internet, and, perhaps above all things,  entrepreneurship. Before explaining the movement in detail, I’ll first explain the more traditional ideals that it rejects.

The average person lives a life similar to this:

  • Go to school
  • Go into debt
  • Get a job
  • Get more debt
  • Have and raise Kids
  • Spend the rest of our working lives to pay for/pay off stuff that we don’t need
  • Retire–and finally have some time to relax and enjoy ourselves

What’s wrong with this lifestyle? It’s fundamentally flawed in that it, for the most part, leaves out the really fun bits of life until the point in time when our lives are almost over–retirement. Using this model, many people spend their entire lives doing a job they don’t enjoy–their whole lives are spent in anticipation of the day they can quit doing what they’ve spent their lives doing.

Lifestyle design practitioners think this life model is rubbish! Why spend your entire life doing a job you don’t care for just so you can get relief from doing said job once you get old. Why not design your own life–a better life!

So, what do the people of this lifestyle design movement want to do?

I can explain it best with another quote, this one by John Lennon.

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.

I will be doing a series of blogs to talk about how we can adopt this lifestyle design change. So, join me as I embark on this new journey and together lets have a cup of good coffee!

Giancarlo G.
Roaming Entrepreneur, Travel Writer, Upcoming #1 Best Selling Author, Creative Designer, Travel Photographer, Extreme Sports Fanatic, Travels with a Little Pig, Goal Oriented and 100% Coffee Addict!

3 Comments on "Lifestyle Design Series"

  1. Loïc says:

    I’ll definitely follow you trough your adventures, and I couldn’t agree more about your lifestyle design theory. As far as I’m concerned, I’ll do my best to design my lifestyle differently than most people and more importantly, enjoy every little bit of it.

    -good ideas always come up with a good cup of coffee-

    • Giancarlo G. says:

      Cool! Thanks so much Loic! Yes, we got to enjoy life. And enjoy every little bit of it. For sure, good ideas always develop with a good cup of coffee accompanied by good and awesome friends!

  2. Joann says:

    I hear you! Being raised in a traditional Filipino family, I feel like a ‘rebel’ for quitting a job that they thought is a secure one (there is no such thing as job security, right?) in order to do things that matter to me and yes, to pursue more travel plans. Cheers for this blog! I rarely get to read blogs like this written by another Filipino 😀