Money is on my mind more than I’d like to admit.
As a child, I always had clothes on my back, a roof over my head & never worried I would go without a meal. I had all my needs met & more. There have been 2 moments in life, I had to dig myself out of credit card debt, but I was never truly frantic or stressed about the money situation. Buckling down, having a structured plan to get back on track was annoying because I got myself in that position to begin with, but there never was a feeling of despair. I’ve never had fear of eviction; not getting my bills paid or forced to have multiple jobs to make ends meet.
Since my hubby & I started this soul-searching, financial-improving journey around July 2016, money has monopolized my thoughts more than I like. We are not in debt, pay all our bills in full & on time each month & have enough savings stashed away to last a year if we are unable to work. So, why the worry? One, we know we are behind the 8-ball when it comes to putting more savings towards our retirement. Two, I think for any business owner, you are overwhelmed with how to generate continued business. How do you stay in business? It all lands on your shoulders, not your supervisor, your boss or silent CEO. Three, do we still have it in us to keep pushing ourselves to work so hard year after year?
Also, when you make a structured, conscious decision for impactful change, you can’t help, but question every single purchase, even down to the cup of coffee in the morning. You have a heightened awareness of where every dollar is being spent. You are constantly asking, “Is this necessary?” “can we get by without it?”
If there is such a thing as positive worry, that is me. I feel positive for our future because we are doing the right thing, but also worry at the same time. I’m a “glass is half full” kind of gal. I truly feel that with hard work & sensible decisions, we will always end on our feet. But, I’d be lying if I didn’t say, it’s difficult to try & not let thoughts of worry enter my mind. I hope I’m not the only one that feels this way.
There is no real profound conclusion to this post, just some thoughts whirling in my head to share as I chronicle this 3-month, purchase-free journey. But, I reassure you I’m so proud & happy I’ve taken this first step to a more fulfilling, rich life now & the future.
We were on our bikes running in errands in downtown historic St. Augustine. Yeppers, you got it! I ride my bike in absolutely every outfit… heels , long skirts, faux fur, short skirts, you name it, it’s been worn while on my bike! The above photo we were at the bank. The below photo, we were on the way to grab a coffee & snuck a photo in front of the most unique driveway/entrance in St. Augustine. There’s also a photo at our favorite coffee shop, Crucial Coffee.
We finally made our way to the Lightner Museum which houses government offices, private reception space, museum, gardens, fountain & courtyard. Very historic & very cool!
With the warm, sunny days Florida, we are finally getting to wear short-sleeves & no jackets. I showcased this Metro Park graphic tee in a previous post, but this time, I paired it with this H&M skirt with perfectly placed buckle & pocket detailing. This t-shirt still makes me laugh every time I wear it, no reason why, it just does. I love that I can fuse my style with the iconic Adidas shoe silhouette, so I have a timeless piece to wear for years. This is one-of-a-king Mona-B cross body bag from Leaf Boutique & sunnies completes the cool vibe to this look.
More looks to come utilizing my tee & skirt! Still being creative in the closet!
What first steps are taking to achieve a more fulfilling, rich life now & for your future? Love to read your thoughtful comments ♥