Successful life, but how to stay balanced and open to new experiences?
November 20, 2012 8:20 AM Subscribe
I have a successful and stable life now that I'm in my thirties, but I am looking to make sure that I keep on personally growing. How best to focus my non-work activities?
posted by waylaid to Human Relations (15 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
I just turned thirty a year ago. Given where I was in my 20s, I am really happy with where I am. Have a solid, stable government job with a excellent salary and solid savings towards retirement. I own a house (which I bought a few years ago) in a community where I love, and am on a good track to paying off student loan debt. I am glad my twenties are behind me, but those were a time of intense professional and personal growth. I moved around a lot, and I also traveled a lot. Made some good decisions and a few bad ones.
My professional career has been great, but I work in a somewhat narrow field (transportation ) and as I move forward in my career, I find that my future career paths may become more constrained and I have less growth in other areas outside transportation . At the same time, as I progress in my career I tend to focus less on broader personal growth.
My personal efforts have been to try to join a new community (whether through an activity like a art class), or to attend a conference where I don't know much about the subject.
So asking this of fellow MeFis...once you've become more permenantly settled in one place, how do you keep yourself engaged and growing personally? What things have you tried that turned out to be surprisingly useful or interesting?