In case you hadn’t noticed, I’ve been doing more than my usual share of navel-gazing recently. It started with my ‘not fulfilled’ post. I don’t usually talk about my professional life online (or publicly) as I’ve worked in the sort of jobs (and with the sort of people) where confidentiality is appreciated. And important.
However… one of the things I’ve really struggled with of late IS the work stuff. Or more specifically, this whole ‘needing to earn money to pay the bills’ malarkey.
I’ve talked before about having opposing key values. I very much value my freedom and am keen to live a more creative and fulfilled life, but equally value financial security.
Indeed, my seachange (five years ago) was the first step to living a different life. One in which I didn’t always need to keep looking for, or upgrading to, the next big thing.
And what happened?! When I eventually found a part-time job I sold my apartment and again took on a mortgage. Now in reality my move was about more than ‘upgrading’. I don’t regret doing it as I love my new house, but it means I again have a mortgage which of course means money is more of an issue.
This has come to a head because I’ve been recently considering my options. I have a huge list of stuff I want / need / want (and I don’t just mean shoes and furniture, rather I need to replace rotting patio boards and would like a screen door for my front door). And it’s stuff I currently cannot afford.
And last weekend as I pondered ways to earn more money, without selling or destroying my soul, this popped up on my Facebook feed:
Of course it makes sense. In some ways I like the minimalist way of life. Well, I like the cute #vanlife images on Instagram and the #TinyHouse concept. However…. I also seem to be someone who ALWAYS wants ‘more’?
I worked for 25 years to get what I currently have and (if I do say so myself) I bloody well earned it all. Me. Myself. And I.
However… it seems if I’m not prepared to work out how I can earn more money, then I need to take heed of the image above. I need less ‘ends’. Or – at least – I need to desire less and be satisfied with less.
I’m not sure if it’s a matter of cutting corners – not buying expensive Halo Top ice cream or decent wine. Or if it’s a bigger and more momentous decision (and I don’t necessarily mean living off the grid in a cabin in the woods!).
Is it possible to ‘want’ less? To ‘need’ less?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this? Do you think small changes / savings help or (it’s kinda like dieting) and there needs to be a complete lifestyle and mindset change?
I’ve joined Leanne from Deep Fried Fruit and some other bloggers to help promote “ageing positively” and the Lovin’ Life mindset across the world wide web. You can link up via any one of us!