Thirty years ago, “Keeping up with the Joneses” was a society norm that far too many people strive to achieve. Growing up in that kind of environment, it was only natural for me to put material possessions at the top in my list of priorities. I lived like this for a long time, till I realized just how destructive this type of lifestyle was for my family and I. I was living beyond my means, adding extra unnecessary stress, & putting myself into further debit. Instead of being the example & model for my children to follow, I was the example of what not to do. I was often worried my children would follow in my footsteps which would only hinder them.
Luckily for me, I was able to wake up and change the way I live my life. And in doing so, I changed and became the model that I should be for my children. I showed my children that success isn’t measured by what we can buy or charge. Success, is all about learning, teaching, & experiencing life with your loved ones through different avenues.
For me, living within my means, not paycheck to paycheck changed my life by giving me more. I’ve stopped keeping up with the Joneses. And I couldn’t be happier in doing so.
Today marks the 11th day of a month-long challenge that I’m taking part in called Blogging A to Z. If you’re looking me up on the list, I am #1100. My theme for this month is simple living. Are you doing the challenge? Leave me a comment so I can follow along. Feel free to share with me any ideas, thoughts, or topics of interest you would like me to cover. Join me each day for my Living Intentionally Simple A to Z.
A Peek Into Paradise