I am a mother, a wife, an engineer, a friend. I enjoy reading, hiking in the woods, and want to volunteer more of my time to my community.
In 2009, my life looked significantly different than it does today. I worked a couple part-time jobs while getting through school, living in a cheep apartment and unable to afford a car most of the time. Somehow I managed to justify buying cigarettes while my socks frequently had holes in them. I lived on a budget of $1000 per month and made the best of it. Life wasn’t easy, but it was simple. I eventually was able to turn my life around when I landed my first job after college, even when it meant facing over $80 thousand dollars in student loans.
While I wish I could say I have it all figured out, my life has different problems now. I’ve settled down in the Midwest with my husband and two beautiful children. We both work good jobs, and I frequently reflect on our lifestyle creep over the years. We both have nice vehicles, closets full of clothes, and buy convenience food instead of preparing healthy meals at home. It’s not uncommon for people to buy bigger and nicer homes when their income goes up because they need to store all the stuff they have bought and that is what society tells us we should do to be successful.
We find ourselves living in clutter, dreaming of getting away because our own home no longer relaxes us, and the to do lists are too long. We work long hours to buy things we don’t even want because that is what we think we need to do to be successful and happy. But are we? Could we potentially be happier and spend more time together if we embraced a simpler life? Minimizing what we need, and saving money to provide us financial independence- the freedom to break our dependency on money?
So whether you’re just starting your journey, you’re hitting reset after a recent set back, or your ready to simplify your life, I hope I have a story you can learn from. Join me as I strive to level set my life and balance my priorities. I want to share with you what I learn about financial independence and minimalism as it applies to improving my happiness and allowing me to be a better mother, better wife, better friend, and a better member of my community.
What Other People Say
“Our excessive possessions are not making us happy. Even worse, they are taking us away from the things that do. Once we let go of the things that don’t matter, we are free to pursue all the things that really do matter.”Joshua Becker
“Whenever we spend money instead of investing it, we are actually taking from ourselves—we are taking both the time we spent to make the money and the future freedom it can buy.”Grant Sabatier- Financial Freedom
“Minimalism is a tool we use to live a meaningful life. There are no rules. Rather, minimalism is simply about stripping away the unnecessary things in your life so you can focus on what’s important”Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus