Believe nothing unless it agrees with your own reason - in a nutshell it was stated by the Buddha some 2500 years ago.
Susan Jeffers, in her book "Feel Fear And Do It Anyway", stated the importance of taking responsibility in our life.
I believe you are reading this post because you need or want changes and despite the fact I wish to motivate you to slow your life, be more intentional in whatever you do and to make the way for future changes by having your finances ready for it, I still believe it is YOU who should want the changes and it is YOU who should take responsibility for doing it and the results.
We all differ and have different expectations, so is it good to compare yourself to others? Or is it better to know what you want to achieve and how much of slow life, financial freedom you want?
So first of all, know yourself!
In my life, I never like to be told I have to do something. If you feel the same it is wise just to decide for yourself and take adequate actions. Do you want to quit your job for good or just have a longer holiday? Or like me, just work 15 hours a week and focus on other things that make my heart sing and to live slower, without participating in any kind of a rat race?
Second of all, take responsibility for your decisions!
Once you decide, is it good to complain about the life you have? Is it wise to blame yourself for past decisions or just adjust necessary changes? Slowing life, mindful living or achieving financial freedom is a process. Each process requires time and additional changes on the way.
Point number 3, nothing in excess!
To limit your future work, slow your life you'll need finances to fill the possible gap between your expenses and limited income. Here come savings. To have any, is it wise to spend all your current income? The main tip I have for anybody who wants to gain some savings is "spend less than you earn". I can't tell you how much less, this is for you to decide, but live within your means.
I am not saying you shouldn’t buy your favourite coffee or shouldn’t go to dinner, but maybe it is worth considering doing these things fewer times. I believe it is not only good for our finances, but also for our psychological life, when we do things on a regular basis we get used to them and they do not bring us so much happiness, and in such moments we crave something new, something more that leads to overspending. On the other hand, when we do things intentionally they bring us more pleasure and happiness.
In my future posts, I will show you how I have saved some money, despite not too high a salary, in order to be more financially independent.
Reading is also a great motivator for changes, I have found some interesting articles about financial freedom, slow life or minimalism. Here and in other posts, I’m going to add links to them, for you to enjoy.
The Fioneers article for today, it resonated with me a lot, because of the approach to the topic and experiences of the author.