Saturday, March 22, 2014

the times they are a changin'

Sometimes one has to take a hiatus from things…. see you when it feels right to come back.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

the tyranny of perfection

Half renovated, stuff everywhere, inefficient kitchen - sometimes our house drives me crazy. I want to sell it and buy something small, tiny and newer. And…then I realize it's all so perfectly imperfect and how much I love living here. It seems we constantly seek something different when in reality what we have is perfectly right.

When I glance in the corners I see things I love, I see a very happy kitty and I see the passage of time. Sometimes how a flower sits in vase or how a pillow is turned inspires me to take my camera out and capture the moment. This place will see changes over the next few years, but right now, at this moment it's all the way it should be. I realize that in this house I will never be a minimalist who owns only a 100 things, which just sounds so awesome sometimes, but it's all good the way it is.

I love freunde von freunden for decorating browsing because they show people's homes as they are - not all styled and fake!  Specifically, check out this home - absolutely wonderful!

Monday, February 10, 2014

reclaiming time

Do you know what is more precious than anything - in my opinion - TIME! I have been reading the minimalists' blog recently and some of the essays challenged me to write out a list of the things that really matter to me. After reviewing the list, the item that stood out in each of my statements could be narrowed down to my desire to own my time - in fact I don't believe I have ever really owned my time.

I have either gone to school, where teachers directed my activities; or, I worked for a corporation where those above me owned my time during the best hours of the day…and well, that is still the case. Owning your time is the segue to personal power. Hence why creating your own income through savings is so important -  when your own money is working for you, rather than you working for money the balance of power then rests in your hands.

More free time
more time for myself
more time to be healthy
more time to create
more time to follow my passions
more time to be useful to others

…time is the thing I want the most and the only way to get it is to be able to work less …and that brings me back to financial independence.