So what’s next? If I’m not busy monitoring home renovations, what will I do with my time? What will I blog about?
Well it ain’t kids if that’s what you’re thinking. LOL, if you’re new around here, you can read this post on us choosing the otherhood.
There will always be something to blog about and things I’m learning so I’m not worried about content, in fact it might be a little easier to focus on it now that I’m no longer managing no-shows workers and asking them to correct their work *wink*
What we’re saving up for next
Retirement. The unglamorous answer we all know we should be doing if we aren’t already. I joke I’m working for money that will pay for our meals when we’re in our 70s. We have to focus on this a bit more heavily now that we sold the townhome earlier this year which was an investment property that provided monthly income, but not one that made it seem worth it in exchange for our time and trouble.
For the immediate future we will be focusing on –
- Retirement – with greater focus and intention.
- A new-ish car for me in the next 2-3 years.
I still drive a 2006 SUV and we’re going to make it hang on for a few more years as we save up for my next one which I’ll also run into the ground, Flintstone style. *wink* I’m just not into new cars, a car with no payments is my kinda car so let’s hope my car will still be OK with no expensive repairs for a few more years as I save up for the next one to last me another decade or more.
If you’re a woman who is having a hard time with keeping up with the joneses or your favorite Instagram influencer, check out this book by Rachel Cruze, Dave Ramsey’s daughter.
I did a review on Love Your Life, Not Theirs: 7 Money Habits for Living the Life You Want years ago, you can see some of the important financial notes I took from the book to share here. I also did a Q&A with her about how to pay off a mortgage sooner, dealing with debt and saving with children. I know it’s hard to see new pretty things everywhere on Instagram and browse websites now, the temptation gets me too. I often fall into the trap of wanting more and I think this book is so good – and an easy read. I need to read it again actually!
My intention of sharing this with you is to share real life. Home stuff is lovely, and I hope it inspires you to dream and save up for it. Clothes are beautiful and worth the investment if it makes you feel 100% (as are flowers), and antique purchases can stand the test of time for those of us who love traditional home decor. All of those things can be purchased as long as buying it doesn’t get in the way of your financial goals. As I said in this blog post about getting out of debt, I want you to know that the products I display on social media and on this blog are either gifted or paid for with cash. I take responsibility in making sure I don’t show you a lifestyle with a credit card balance due behind it. And I say this in hopes that my financial lifestyle is one that you find suitable to follow and encourage you to hold off on purchases until you know your pocketbook can say yes – I say this as a friend to another friend.
I still have wish-lists for projects and things around the house, naturally. But, I will have to slow down and wait for those things as I will be going at a slower pace because, I just shared our goals.
Financial advice from around the web
I read a blog post (can’t remember where) and this young lady said, I realized I could either look like I was rich, or actually build wealth, but not both. I love that. That made me woke, my friends. I thought I’d also share some additional great advice around the web, one from a favorite Shark Tank investor, Kevin O’Leary.
- Its more important to be debt-free by the age of 45 than anything else. “If you want to find financial freedom, you need to retire all debt — and yes that includes your mortgage,” Kevin O’Leary told CNBC Make It last year. “So, when you’re 45 years old, the game is more than half over, and you better be out of debt, because you’re going to use the rest of the innings in that game to accrue capital.” (source)
- Every dollar that you save, properly invested and protected, has the ability to grow 5% – 10% each year. As your money grows, it compounds on itself, and grows even more. According to Stanley and Danko, it takes the average millionaire 22 years to accumulate a million dollars from the time he gets serious about his financial life. (source)
How I view this stage of life, and work life
This year has been financially hard for most everyone, I am not excluded. I am blessed to still be able to work creatively, but like most full-time entrepreneurs, I never know when my next paycheck is coming, or how much I’ll be making every month. This virus along with the social changes around the world has impacted a lot of businesses to put campaigns on hold, reevaluate how they do conduct business in more ways than one, and people are holding off on purchases.
I am proud of the collaborations I have as a blogger/influencer and my photography clients. I have personal goals, projects I’m working on, a ministry God has put on my heart that takes up time, and new hobbies I plan to explore and it has been my desire for years to volunteer and serve our veterans – I’ve been waiting for the right time (then COVID hit). I hope to dedicate time to all of the above as I continue to work hard as a blogger and photographer over the next decade to help, encourage, support my husband and continue to contribute to our future together. There’s a time to hustle, time to rest and enjoy, and time to slow down and reset and then start over again! Oh life!
I hope to continue to share our journey, projects around our home and garden, and still do what I love as long as I continue to love it! I also hope to write lengthier posts, so I hope you like to read haha! If you have any advice as we enter this area, please do share. We get advice from our parents who have set great examples and we love to learn from those who have gone before us what has and hasn’t worked!
Thank you for being here and letting me share grown up talk and dreams and share them as they come to fruition. I hope whatever it is you want to do in life whether it’s start a new business, go in another direction, save for a home renovation or even retirement, you feel capable, empowered and driven to make those dreams come true. I’m cheering you on. xx
Diana Elizabeth wants you to know she is waking by artificial grass. She might consider this when they are done with lawn maintenance, hmmm is it cheaper in the long run? *wink*