I just got back from a really fun weekend in Denver, Colorado. This was my fifth time to Colorado and each time I visit, the state enchants me more and more.
I was at the top of Red Rocks Amphitheater doing box jumps on the seats and looked down towards the stage. Everywhere people were running, walking, jumping, or just chilling, throughout the amphitheater, which by the way is free to get into when there isn’t an event. I thought to myself, “These are my people. This is my happy place.”
Well, not Red Rocks specifically, but people out and about doing really fun recreational things. I wish I could do “this” all the time.
“This” is only part of my “why” when it comes to sacrifices I’m willing to make to achieve Financial Independence.
It probably comes as no surprise to many of you, that having a solid “why” in achieving ANY goal, is vital to help get you through the hard work of anything you are trying to achieve, especially when it takes a really, really, really long time. I’m not the first to talk about it, and I’m sure I won’t be the last.
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So what is my why? Well I’ll tell you at least some of it.
My why is waking up when I feel good and ready. My guess is it will probably still be early. 🙂
It means eating a slow breakfast (hopefully someday with my handsome husband, who will of course be FI as well), then doing some easy morning tasks while my food digests, before I head out to get exercise.
It means spending a lot of time outside, preferably in nature.
It means writing about topics I adore and feel really passionate about.
It means telling stories, both with words and video, about interesting people doing interesting things with their life. People who haven’t necessarily followed the norms of society. People who are pursuing their passion against all odds.
It means not worrying if those projects pay well, or pay at all, because I don’t “need” income, which gives me the creative freedom to not worry about the outcome.
It means spending really good quality time with the people who are most important to me.
It means slowing the (bleep) down! For realz!
It means travel, but my own version of travel, not the kind where everyone and their brother gives me their opinion on where I should and shouldn’t go. Oh yeah, one mention of Europe lately and it’s all, “you know you HAVE to go to _______!”
It means never neglecting my mind, body, and spirit because something else HAS to be done.
Again, this is only a partial list.
I also want to mention that a lot of things on the list aren’t things I need to wait for FI to achieve. I think that’s a trap many of us FI’ers and FI’er wannabes get stuck in: Someday. Well someday can start today, with many things on my list anyway.
But still, many of the things are at the very least really challenging to achieve without FI, so until that day, I use the list to keep me on track and motivated.
What’s your why?