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All the money in the world

Those that read my blog a year ago would know I was dreaming about a life less hectic and more creative. I craved to be at home more, with my family, pouring myself into my home rather than my work. The daily grind that comes with being a participant in the rat race had taken its toll, I was exhausted. 

Most of all I hated Monday mornings. I hated that after a wonderful weekend doing that which brings me most joy, I had to rise and race out the door to start a 5 day week of sitting behind a desk. I felt like I climbed upon a treadmill in the morning to run this race society has created. And the same the next. Creative me was dying inside. All I wanted to do was write, photograph and have spare time to pursue creative endeavours all in the comfort of my home.

I now have that. I have enough money in my pocket for a coffee, but not a hair cut. Enough money for a loaf of bread but not a cafe sandwich. I now have to budget whereas before I didn’t. I have to plan purchases, or avoid them completely. But what I have now is truly priceless.

Time. It can’t be bought with all the money in the world.

My new Monday morning. 

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  • Natalie Stewart - Oh how I envy you! I wish for a life far less complicated. We used to joke about being so broke we may need to live in a cardboard box. The fact of the matter is, if my family is happy and healthy, I would gladly live in a cardboard box with them!ReplyCancel

    • Peggy Saas - I’d be lying if I said I don’t get anxious about not having money at hand like I used to, but I’ve realised I can’t have both limitless funds and all this spare time. I choose the time, it gives me much more enjoyment than money ever has.

      As long as I can pay the bills I don’t care if I can’t buy material things. It’s a scary leap to make at first, but I figure one way or another I will make it work. I have to!

      I asked my son the other day if he would prefer a bigger home but I work full time (so he goes to after school care and vacation care during holidays) OR we stay in our tiny abode but I am home more. He chose the latter without a second thought. :)

      Thanks for stopping by Natalie, lovely to hear from you.ReplyCancel

  • Mother Down Under - A lovely post…and very brave of you to take the creative route.
    I feel like in this “keeping up with the Joneses” era it is very hard to choose your own pleasure over possessions.
    I am quite lucky in that I think I have a balance of work and family life. I work only three days a week and I feel that gives me enough time to spend with my family and to enjoying being me…and it is enough to mostly pay the bills!ReplyCancel

    • Peggy Saas - 3 days a week is ideal, I work 2 but think I could probably do better with a 3rd for financial reasons. Balance is really essential, at my lowest point I felt like I was so restricted to ‘work’ that my home life lacked the attention that it needs and that I want to give it. I am MUCH happier being at home more now. :)

      You’re right Caitlyn, it’s easy to slip into the ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ mode, lets face it we all like nice things. But I think when we realise that those possessions are not what is important in the scheme of things, the novelty of that flasher car or bigger house really does wear off quick.ReplyCancel

  • Reannon - I’m so happy to hear that the switch you made is paying off. It’s a brave move. Good on you for taking the leap xxReplyCancel

    • Peggy Saas - Thank you Reannon. I have my moments but before I let fear take over I just look around me and remember why I am doing this. The benefits far outweigh the losses. :)ReplyCancel

  • Sara Önnebo - Great post! I recently made the same switch. And I don’t regret it even if it means less shopping and eating out. Some things you just can’t buy for money:)ReplyCancel

    • Peggy Saas - That is SO true Sara. I am a lot more frugal when I am in the shops now, even with my grocery buying. But then I smile to myself when I think of all this beautiful time I have at home with my family. Nothing can beat that.

      Well done on your switch too. :)ReplyCancel

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