by Dannielle Cresp on March 29, 2011
When it comes to mindful living there is always that argument that we are sacrificing or giving up something to live the (debt free) life that we want.
But ‘giving up’ is really only a matter of opinion from the outside. When you are making the decisions you shouldn’t really be feeling like you are giving up anything. Except crap that you didn’t really want in the first place.
And is that actually giving up or just thinking first?
I have been tempted by offers of credit lately. I didn’t take any but I was tempted. Why? Because I really want my USA trip to happen this year and I don’t yet know if it will be.
But I have to ask myself “Is it worth it?” Is a trip worth the stress that debt brings? And the answer for me is NO.
Trip or no trip, I can’t handle that pressure on me or on my business that is still pretty new (in official business terms).
If I am to have this trip then I will have to work for it, save for it and then have the reward of the hard work that saving is in actually having the trip. No debt clouds hanging over me.
We can make the decision to live within our means and to create the future that we want. It is a choice. Just like choosing to buy non-essentials that we can’t afford is a choice.
I am learning that good decisions aren’t easy decisions. But they are so worth it.
I caught up with a friend that I met 7 years ago (on my first trip overseas). We had’t seen each other since then, but it was amazing to see how travelling in that way had made us both realise what money meant and that we both consider travel to be more worthwhile than the latest trends.
Travel is my hobby. It is my love. But I know that I can’t savour every moment of it if that money isn’t really there to spend.
I often think that I make things tougher for myself in sticking to what I believe in. But I think I’m worth it.
Do you think in terms of whether something is worth it before buying? Is mindful spending something that you do? Tell me in the comments.