What I Do Have, Not Could Have

Do HaveSometimes, I wonder if I was happier before I fell into the world of personal finance. My life is more fulfilled now. My priorities are more concrete. But there is something to be said about blissful ignorance. Yes, it’s ephemeral. It was only a matter of time before that bliss came crashing down quite literally. My closets could only hold so much stuff.

Still, I realize that my happiness hasn’t shifted quite the way I anticipated when I started this blog last August. I have ambitions, I have goals. I’ve reached pretty impressive milestones in a relatively short span of time. While I have even shifted my mindset in terms of focusing less on material things and more on freedom, this change in mindset hasn’t been quite as transformative as it sounds. Whether it’s focusing on acquiring more things, more money, more investments, or more freedom, I’m still focusing on what I could have, not what I do have. And therein lies the problem. Continue reading “What I Do Have, Not Could Have”

What I Do Have, Not Could Have

Can’t Versus Won’t in Finances


Can't Versus Won't in FinanceNo one actually lives like that
. It’s impossible to retire early. Sure, anyone can say those things, but you’re not actually doing that. The amount of vitriol at the bottom of significant savings or early retirement posts on sites like Yahoo Finance could give the Fashion Police on E! some serious trolling competition. It is easy to dismiss comments like that, but once the barbs are peeled pack, many of the caustic remarks veil a similar sentiment: It’s not that I can’t, I simply won’t make that commitment.
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Can’t Versus Won’t in Finances