What is your ideal life? How far away is your ideal life from where you are today? What can you do this week to start closing the gap?
For me, the ideal life involves a flexible work schedule that allows for plenty of traveling and time with my family. It also involves doing work I’m passionate about.
What do you love to do? How could you turn your passion into your work? What’s in the way?
Beginning a couple of years ago, my husband and I lowered our living expenses by about 40%. We sold a lot of our crap and used the money to pay down our consumer debts faster. Last August we paid off the last of almost $26,000 in consumer debts.
Now that we’re consumer debt free, I’m able to work on a freelance basis in order to spend more time with our two young sons. It’s great being able to take on projects I want to work on and having the luxury of turing away work that doesn’t appeal to me.
As I look around me, it’s clear that the life I have today is a direct result of deciding to take one step in a different direction a few years ago. I decided that I didn’t want to be in debt any longer.
Being free from consumer debt has opened up opportunities that weren’t an option just a couple of years ago.
There is something incredibly freeing about needing less money to comfortably make ends meet each month. It allows my husband and me to choose work based on our interests rather than how much money we need to pay all of our creditors each month.
But maybe my ideal life doesn’t fit your vision for an ideal life. That’s ok! No matter what you envision as your ideal life, ridding your life of excess debts and clutter will always help you make space for what you want more of.
Whether it’s more time, freedom, travel, a new business, more children, golf outings or hula dancing lessons — paying down debts and removing excess from your life will absolutely allow more resources for you to enjoy whatever you wish.