Thinking about Time + Money + Stuff

BoggyCreekAirboatRidesGrateful for time like this with my family.

Time and money – two things we all say we never have enough of, right?  And stuff – we always have too much.


  • I put my boots away which is the saddest thing of the year.  Yep, the weather is gorgeous now in Phoenix and we will soon be welcoming summer.  As I put them away in their pretty matching storage containers I noticed 4 empty boxes.  I finally got rid of the boots with heels and donated them. Hurray for less!
  • I sold and donated 4 coats.  I traded them in for one J.Crew one I cannot wait to wear next fall, but it freed up a lot of closet space.


  • Spend more to save time.  I set my alarm to 7:20 a.m. to wake up on a Sunday in time to put in my max bid on eBay before the auction ended. I laid there in bed thinking about my already loss of sleep, my max bid, and the trouble and time  I’d have to go through to find another one  I would like as much.  So I added an extra $20 and I won. 
  • I’ve had that “thing” in my shopping cart forever and I’m too scared to check out and pay for it.  I need this equipment to start this new endeavor of mine.  While I will be partially reimbursed for start up costs, I’m still aware that it’s a lot of money.  It’s been sitting there for a week until the store ran out and now I have to find another source – but I will do it because it’s something that will generate income.


  • The things that I’m scared about, lazy to do out of fear, or just thinking it’ll take too much time….I realized the other night that I need to take opportunities as they happen.  Our culture is a funny one – one thing is popular and then once everyone starts to do it, it goes away and a new endeavor begins. Rationalization: as an entrepreneur, I must stay ahead of the saturation and waves to seek the opportunities of now before they disappear.  Bag up the fear, pony up the cash, buckle down the time and stare fear in the face and say, I’m still going to do it.
  • Sometimes I just don’t wanna.  There are 52 weekends in the year and only so many hours in a day, and I’m getting older, and my days are getting fewer.  Let’s be real, death is a democracy and we all have limited time, so choosing who to lunch, dine, and celebrate with is very important.  We do not have all the time in the world – guard it and give it out in increments.
  • I do what I do for time.  Just a gentle reminder to myself that I’m an entrepreneur not for the money but the extra time I have which is more rewarding than anything else life could ever offer.

You can always earn more money, but you can’t earn more time.  I also am trying desperately to be a minimalist which I think is a nice thought in my head that will never come to fruition.  There’s just too much pretty.

Diana Elizabeth is now blocking off work days and play days for myself on the calendar.  I have blocked off full days for photography and my play days, well they are more about working around the house, gardening, errand running – not sitting on the couch eating Bon Bons unfortunately. ;)

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive thrift shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.



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