One thing I would recommend is to live a minimalist existence. I'm totally into small houses, I mean really small 500 square foot or smaller. My first house was under 500 square feet and it was cozy and comfortable. I then bought a bigger house, not huge but bigger about 2000 sqft. I bought three new cars in as many years and bought a piece of investment land at the same time. Now I have a bunch of debt and I am putting everything into paying it all off and then I will sell my current house buy a piece of land and build a cottage of 300 Sqft and be out of debt and free to do what ever I please. Spend your money wisely when your young and don't worry about what everyone else thinks. The days of the mcmansion are finally over (thank god). Live small and light and you could be very comfortable and free working as a bartender or working really hard all summer as a landscaper and do anything you want the rest of the time. The key stay out of debt.
if you're trying to decide what kind of career to get into, some of the highest paying entry level jobs have to do with engineering or information technology or finance. on the news it said engineering and science careers have one of the lowest rates of unemployment right now. its not for everyone though, that stuff can be dry and boring. its not what i'm into
just throwing it out there, the 8-5 BLOWS during the winter months. It's dark when I get home and the sun rises too late for dawn patrol. Summer / spring / fall all good.
Completely agree, unless I cash in a sick day or find a way to slide out early, winter is hard to get a surf in on a weekday. And since the waves have been almost nonexistent the past 3 months or so its been real hard to lock down a weeeknd swell to get my fill.
My job is typically really flexible but when we are busy, there is no sliding out early, or come in late to catch a dawn patrol sesh. Honestly its the daylight "killing" time thing during the winter that makes it real difficult to grab weekday surf.
i went from web design and investment banking to bartending, fine dining service in my early 20s so I could surf every day. Then i went into management and run manage restaurants for a company. All the locations are by the beach. I get a really great combo of hours. few days, few night... about 5 morning a week to surf (when i dont have my daighter by my self)... I realize that maybe in the future i could get back into something else. But i love my job, its really fun. The hours are great. I stay in the water and my life is super balanced. Its not for everyone, but in the right area, the restaurant game is a gold mine. Servers at my last place in La Jolla were 60-80k a year working 4 hour night shifts, working at an incredibly slow pace. It felt like stealing. As long as your business is running well, they pay out solid bonuses on the regular to keep us moving forward. I love it and it really all came about because i was missing water time and I was dreading going to sleep at night cause i hated my job. When you stay up extra late on sunday nights, trying to avoid the inevitable monday morning blues, you should probably take a step back and figure out what you really need out of a job and out of life. Go from there.
The regular 9-5/40-50 hr work week is ok for now, and it puts food on the table. But what scares me is doing this for the next 20-30 years. I daydream sometimes just doing the expat thing eventually (maybe after 10 years of non-stop saving) and just completely stopping with the grind. No kids yet, so that dream can change anytime.