So when did my frugality epiphany hit me?
The "American dream" was within reach.
I didn't want to be 65 years old and finally saying, “Honey, let’s go visit the Great Wall of China, but hold on, let me get my wheelchair cause my knees probably won’t hold up on the long walks”. No Thanks.
Don’t get me wrong, I like the work I do, and I’m absolutely glad I went to college. But, as I started thinking about what makes me happy, being away from my family for 11 hours a day didn’t fit the bill. To tell you the truth, having the house, cars, electronics, bunches of new clothes, and eating out all the time wasn’t what made me happy either. I’d gladly give it up to have more time to go on hikes with my kids, be there to walk home with them after school (you know, when they’re in high school), explore the National Parks around the country, travel overseas, and see more of this amazing planet we live on.
Making a list of things that make me happy didn’t include the newest IPhone, a brand new snazzy car, or any other material item that would probably be obsolete or otherwise useless within a year. In fact, my happiness list looks something like this:
- Spending time with my family
- Reading at least one book a month
- Working on cars and someday learning to wood work
- Traveling to new places
- Playing guitar (because I’m a music fanatic)
- Working out (which generally means doing P90-X)
My number one priority is time.
This blog provides the opportunity to share my successes and failures along the way, and to provide a forum for others on a similar path to come together.
You’ll thank yourself later.