Stay Silly- Stay Sane: Life isn’t just about material gains.

I thought it was just me until I saw this post on Instagram.

Lately, I’ve been feeling like it’s “all about the money” and I know that in this #debtfreejourney it is, in a sense, yet, I wholeheartedly believe it shouldn’t be.

Just because you want to build wealth, save for a major purchase, or eliminate debt, doesn’t mean you lose sight of everything else in your life.

It’s about balance right?

When I was younger, I used to love reading and as I got older, I substituted reading for going out with friends, movies, and other expensive habits. Once I began my #debtfree journey, I picked up reading again, because (surprise!) it’s free. It’s something that I thoroughly enjoy and it’s absolutely free; you can go to your local library and get practically any book you want in any format you want for free!

Another hobby that I love is writing…this is also free. And it’s creative and engaging and thought provoking…

But what about the not- so- free hobbies that we love?

In the comments section of that Instagram post, I saw a girl saying, “millenials haven’t lost hobbies, we’re just broke.” But oh dear stuff.sam.makes, those are just excuses. As Robert Kiyosaki explains in his prolific book, Rich Dad, Poor Dad, it’s all about perspective. The Poor Dad is dismissive and defeated, “oh it’s too expensive, I can’t afford it,” while the Rich Dad is determined and optimistic, “It’s expensive, how can I afford it?”

It’s all about perspective and intentionality. If there is something you truly enjoy doing, not only do you have to figure out how you can get it done, but also be intentional about getting it done.

Prime example; I really enjoy yoga. Yoga, as you may know, is a pretty expensive hobby (around $120 for monthly yoga membership in the DC area), but I make it work. First, I don’t have a monthly membership, instead, I buy class pass bundles and also supplement with doing yoga at home following some of my favorite YouTube yogis.

The Bottom Line

Finding ways to do things you love (and keep you grounded) is really important. We live in a world that has increasing choices to accommodate all budgets. Do you love to swim? Find yourself a public pool, or join a gym. Want to learn how to paint? Search for free classes at art museums or the library. Enjoy political debates? Join a politically focused meet-up group. Whatever it is that you like to do, find a way to do it, life’s not just about making money and paying down debt.

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