I am very bad at being unemployed. And by that I don’t mean I am not enjoying my newfound freedom from my recent job, not at all! Rather, I am too employed, even while I am not working for a pay check.
Salary research and negotiation for new job offer? Check. Extensive market research to prepare for new role and field? Check. Batch meal prepping? Check. Put together an Etsy dropshipping store? In progress.
There are so many things to do in this world and always so little time. And yet at some point, I hope I will be able to slow down and just smell the roses, so to speak. When that time comes and the delicious boredom starts to set in, I’ve put together a list of activities that might be nice to do given that I have a little bit of time. This is not a bucket list in a traditional sense– I won’t be sad if these things don’t get done. Rather, I consider it like a menu. Fun side quests for me to pursue while I wait for new content to be released on my main campaign.
- Eat banana sorbet with chocolate olive oil sauce at my favorite gelato shop
- Shop at the Japanese grocery store in nearby town and try natto
- Go to one of the verdant green spaces nearby and read all the books in my queue (at the top of my list are Pachinko by Min Jin Lee and Representation by Hilary Putnam)
- Travel locally: Providence, Acadia, Portland, New York City, or the Berkshires
- Travel domestically, but not so locally: visit my friends in Seattle or Augusta, or visit Detroit and get a sense of the housing investment opportunities there
- Rock climb at the local gym in the middle of the day while it’s empty or do a lunch time yoga or hip hop dance class
- Keep running along the nearby (very long) bike path until I’ve reached a town I’ve never been to before
- Watch a film at the independent movie theater (here’s looking at you Tully)
- Write or outline some new fiction
- Go to a random Meetup and make new friends
- Work on one of my data science or web app project ideas to build my portfolio
- Brush up on my Spanish by watching some telenovelas and reading simple novels
If you had a month of funemployment, what would you do?