Hard to believe it’s a New Year already. Today officially marks the 1 year anniversary of my blog. Go me for following through with my goal from 2018. Every new year we hear the same clichés about change. This year I’d like to look at it as a new outlook on life. The weekend before Christmas we had a health scare that landed the hubs in the hospital for 3 days. Good news is all the tests came back fine, bad news is that they couldn’t find what was causing the problem. It was enough of an eye opener that we really started thinking about the choices we make in life ranging from the careers we have to the food we eat.
I am a firm believer that everything in life is a choice. You, and you only have the power to make those choices. Do you want to continue working in a stressful career so you can keep up with the Joneses? Do you really need to eat out as much as you do? Do you really not have time to slow down? These are just a few of the questions I asked myself. It’s amazing how little changes can make a huge difference. For example I took a whole week off over Christmas allowing me to spend some much need time at home to catch up on chores & all the while had time to actually cook meals at home. Strangely enough, just during the week I was home I lost enough weight to fit into some jeans that I haven’t been able to wear for awhile. I did nothing special other than not eat out. That just reiterates to me how bad eating out is for you.
Obviously we can’t just up and quit our jobs and live off grid, but small steps will eventually lead to big victories. We have to start somewhere & no time better than now to do it. My goal for this year & the future is to concentrate on making better choices. Less impulse buys & more intuitive to pay off what I already have, better food choices and taking time to better myself physically & mentally. In a perfect world a debt free life would be ideal, but let’s face it that probably isn’t going to happen. However, by living a simpler life & not requiring the best of the best will allow you to see that life is about living & making the most of the time we have. Working your life away just to pay the bills is not living at all. I think if we can change our mindset on that, we will reach the ultimate goal which is freedom!
You may or may not agree with me, but I see it first hand. I went from growing up in poor household to being pretty blessed. I have come to realize that no amount of money buys peace or happiness. The more you have, the more you want & the cost of your happiness becomes more expensive. For me, this is one time that taking a step back & slowing down is a far better choice than moving full steam ahead.
Do yourself a favor and take a minute for reflection. Remember you’re not here long, so make the most of what time you have. We are perfectly capable of living a simple and less stressful life. We come into the world with nothing & we go back out with nothing. Just a thought to chew on.
till next time…