Money problems should not hold you back from living your life now.
To say that my life has been hectic these last few months is like saying the Mt. Vesuvius eruption was a real gusher.
Rebranding Frugal Confessions. Creating the Mt. Everest Money Simulation program for kids. Going through the normal course of illness as our toddler builds up his immune system…and passes some of those germs onto us. Dealing with a medical bill issue between our pediatrician’s office and our insurance company that crept up from 1.5 years ago.
And of course that’s on top of the oldies but goodies. Like doctor’s appointments, flat tires, grocery shopping, and in general keeping an 18-month old alive + thriving.
Whenever I’m in the mud-thick of these busy seasons in my life − yes, I’ve been overwhelmed before − my mental process looks like this:
- I’ve got this. I was born for this. I am
- I just need another 3 maybe 4 work sessions max and I’ll have dug myself out of this.
- On the other side of all of this work is going to be peace, serenity, a promised land where I can finally get to doing all of the things that I enjoy and have neglected in order to create more time for work.
- Oh my gosh. I’ve got to work myself out of this so that I don’t go crazy.
- I obviously need more chocolate.
- I’m going a little crazy.
- *presses reset button*
Haha! Can any of you ladies relate?
Near the end of these work cycles, that juicy promised land starts to become the place where all of my desires and put-off’s sit, just waiting for me to partake.
For me, that promised land − free of time restraints + mental restraints + energy drains − is where I will:
:: Go on hikes. Find trails. Explore.
:: Read leisure books (instead of only biz books).
:: Go to Wednesday morning Mother Goose Storytimes, which I prefer to Tuesday Mother Goose Storytimes.
:: Konmari my closet. Again. *sigh*
:: Incorporate a mini-yoga session + mini-meditation into my days. Okay…at least into A DAY of my week.
:: Put some time + energy into creating the type of outdoor space I envisioned.
:: Listen to the podcast Serial, Season 2.
:: Go for runs along the bayou.
:: Spend entire work sessions just writing.
It’s Not About Adding More to an Already Hectic Schedule
It’s not about adding all of these things + more to an already hectic schedule.
Trust me, I’ve been there.
End up there all the time.
It’s about realizing (Amanda, I’m talking to you now) that you’re never going to reach that plateau, that promised land, where everything has been done and moments of pure bliss await you.
So you need to take the time to do these things now, tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that because those days all add up to equal your life.
That’s right. You’re not playing at this thing called life. You’re living it.
<shaking my head in the affirmative as I type this>.
Money is a Huge Reason People Hold Back
Yes, some days are much more harried then others. Some seasons are much more intense than others.
Some seasons are also much more flush than others. You know, in the cash area.
Maybe none of your seasons have felt flush with cash. Maybe you’re drowning in debt, drowning in money details, feeling utterly confused as to how to move forward with your money strategies (heck, you don’t even have any money strategies).
You’ve still got to live your life.
You still need to take the time to breathe. To explore. To connect with others. To do the things that make you, YOU.
Because whether you’ve got money issues or not, taking an entire season off and waiting in the sidelines to do all those wonderful things that make you feel energized just because you’re waiting until all that other stuff is lined up perfectly is foolish with your time + life energy.
And I can say that, because I’m right there with you!
“The promises of this gorgeous day are so seductive that it becomes easy to only go through the motions of living in the now without really living.”
I wrote this when I was speaking about how to keep living despite being saddled with debt. But it can really apply to being saddled with anything.
So ask yourself: What are you putting off until your money situation is exactly the way that you want it to be? What are you putting off until you have “enough money” to do so, and what exactly is “enough” anyway?
You might be surprised by your answers.
As for me, I’m off to take that hike. For once, the work can wait a few hours.