What is Luxury?

Today is my last day driving an hour twice a day to work as a dietitian in an employee health clinic. Three months ago, I walked into my boss’ office and told her I wanted to retire.

No, I’m not really old enough to retire, but I felt that my time at that job had run its course and I was ready to move on. I just didn’t know where. I didn’t have a new job lined up because I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I still don’t know.

I have a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics and do a ton of reading and professional development. I know my stuff when it comes to nutrition. I’m good with patients. I was good at my job. But I don’t want to do it anymore. At least for now.

If I don’t want to let my 10ish years of education go to waste, there are a ton of different areas of nutrition and dietetics I could work in. I know I don’t want to do patient care or work in food service at the moment but I could get into research, public health, product development, or public relations. Or I could do some more teaching and writing, both of which I loved but didn’t have time to keep up with when I took my full time job.

On the other hand, maybe it’s time to do something completely different. Like maybe I become a real estate agent or appraiser or interior designer or architect. Or I become a travel planner, event planner, or tour guide. Or I become a web developer or project manager. Or I become a mail carrier or … who knows. Am I the only person thinking about doing a complete career u-turn?

I intend to explore a lot of these options and hope to take you along for the ride as I figure out how to maintain my luxury lifestyle.

Google defines luxury as “the state of great comfort and extravagant living”. I checked Merriam-Webster too, but I didn’t like their definition as much.

I also dug this note up while trying to find something else I’d written a couple years ago. I think it summarizes pretty well how I define luxury and I don’t think it contradicts Google’s definition at all.

That, to me, is comfort and extravagance.

So while I try to figure out what I want to do for the rest of my life, I’m planning to post here more regularly, and about more than just the Downtown Luxury Slum. The bullet points in the photo above will likely provide the basis for most of my posts, so expect to see posts about keeping our home cozy, health and wellness, exploring work-life balance, travel, entertaining, and general adventures. I hope you don’t mind.

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