Entrepreneurship, Financial Independence and Lifestyle Design
We often find ourselves living our lives on autopilot. We get up in the morning, get ourselves organised for school and work, then we go to work, return home, get the chores and homework done, and off to bed. The next day, rinse and repeat.
The temptation to just accept the situation and tell yourself that “I will be happy when…” is strong. Some people tell themselves that they will be happy when the kids are out of school, or when they get a promotion and make more money, or even when they retire. In saying that, they resign themselves to their “fate”, acting as though they have no control over their lives.
I do not accept this thinking. Happiness and life satisfaction are not something that we should put on hold until such time as X or Y comes to be. We should always strive to live the best life possible at that point in time, whatever that means to each and every one of us.
Life is too short to be put on hold. Live the life you want to live NOW.
I Was Told to Come Alone is an important book written by Souad Mekhennet, a German journalist whose parents migrated to Germany from Turkey (her mother) and Morocco (her father).
In an era where politicians and people are fond of shouting fake news every time something comes up that does not fit their agenda, this book is a powerful reminder of the commitment of journalists the world over who dedicate their lives to finding and disseminating the truth, in some cases at great personal risk.
Over the last few years I tried to start running many times. Unfortunately however I never made much progress. I would start off, then get tired and give up, telling myself that I did not know what I was doing and most likely was doing it all wrong. It’s quite amazing the number of excuses that fall fully formed into your head when you decide you prefer to sit on the couch reading a book instead of going out and getting active!
Financial Independence bloggers churn out hundreds of posts about money every year. In the main the focus is on how to earn money, save money or invest money. Which all makes sense since the goal is ultimately to have enough money to finance whatever goals the bloggers might have for themselves.
A less common subject, however, is how to SPEND money, a topic which has always struck me as very important. For after all, what is the point of working so hard to have “enough” money if we do not then use it in order to buy happiness?
Every year I take a few days off between Christmas and New Year and inevitably I mull over how I spent the previous 12 months and take stock of the successes and the failures, the good and the not so good . I also look ahead and plan what I would like to achieve over the coming 12 months.
This year I decided to share my goals for 2018. These are categorised as follows:
It’s been a nice quiet week over Christmas. Outside the weather rages and inside we keep cosy and busy. As I mentioned in a previous post, over the last three months I found a new hobby – knitting.
In the run-up to Christmas I was very busy knitting Santa Hats. Now churning out red hats with white pompoms is a sure-fire way of getting into the Christmas spirit, and it’s great fun to browse through Facebook and glimpse a photo or two of your friends wearing your creations – but it does grow old quite fast. By the end of it I couldn’t stand the sight of the things.
When I was a little girl I used to love to knit. My mum had lots of light blue wool and I made countless accessories for my dolls. They all had little blue scarves and dresses – I felt like a fashion designer!
However this was all many years ago, far more years than I care to remember. My knitting needles were put away and I forgot all about it….