I’m on my way.
Just like you.
But to where?
Working through that question and sharing my journey is why this blog exists. It is a way for me (and you) to hold myself somewhat accountable as I report on my own progress. For me, my goal is to focus on positive value in my life and how to maximize that value with the resources available. Money is only one of those resources but one that can have a huge impact. Like you, I frequent many blogs and facebook groups to gain specific knowledge and distinct perspectives. My intention is not to compete with, but to augment the many valuable sites already available (check out the Blogroll in the Menu) as I share my own experiences with the intention of enhancing the dialogue about life improvement.
Just like most of the bloggers who share their experiences publicly, there is nothing particularly unique about me. I simply have a passion for understanding and improving. I’m not a genius like Stephen Hawking and I don’t have the witty tact of Stephen Colbert. I am what an objective spectator would likely deem “ordinary”. This Stephen (me) is a single man in his late thirties, makes an upper middle class income, has a mortgage, lives in a medium-sized town in middle Georgia, and drives a mid-sized car. I am faced with the same concerns and desires we all face. I want my kids to grow up with the tools to build themselves happy lives. I want my working hours to translate into lasting value for my family. I want my stressors to be few. I want to be physically fit and healthy. I want to live a purpose-driven life that results in happiness. You and I are likely alike in that regard.
Across the Southeastern U.S., we have a culture that freely and candidly discusses football, food, family, and God (the order can change depending on the season) but unfortunately, when it comes to finances, many of us become guarded. We will spend an afternoon driving around town visiting friends’ houses to show off our shiny new auto purchases, but won’t touch the subject of how that purchase fits into our Net Worth or retirement goals or its alignment with our core values. And I seriously doubt the differences between a Traditional IRA and a Roth IRA will ever come up at the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party” between the Florida Gators and the Georgia Bulldogs, but I do believe that if we can openly discuss our relationship with money and the role we allow it to play in our lives, we can feel more comfortable doing what it takes to get there – wherever “there” might be. We have all made poor decisions with money, we have all impeded our own progress but I think we can improve our attitude towards achieving and can intentionally shape our future for the better.
We may want to develop a skill that improves our lives:
- Learn how to speak another language
- Learn to play an instrument
- Learn to build that tiny home
- Develop better communication skills to improve relationships
These are just a few ways to add value to your life without spending much money, if any. We are just as interested in these type of life-improving accomplishments as reaching our financial milestones. To make this happen, each of us needs to allocate our limited resources in such way that makes doing these things possible. If we fill our lives with things that don’t make us happy, there is no room for the things that do.
Here’s to making room for happiness.
I suspect the readership of this blog will have plenty to add to the discussion, which I look forward to reading in the comments below.
Thank you for contributing.