As we begin another year, it is a time for forced reflection. All around me people are talking about New Years Resolutions. In fact, a good friend of mine is on Resolution #21. I'd have to live in a bunker to not mull over my life.
With two mortgages, some unexpected home expenses and an international adoption on the horizon, I'm forced to think about money. Ugh. Money.
We've been fortunate in regards to money. We've been able to travel, buy the clothes, jewelry, etc. that we want, go out to eat frequently, and pay our bills. Sure, there've been a few bounced checks along the way, but we only have our stupidity to blame for that.
After that long introduction, let me get to the heart of this post: The things I love that money cannot buy. (Or, money has already bought it.)
- Playing cards and dominoes with my husband.
- Boone and Forrest. I walked into the living room today to find them snuggling on the couch. They immediately separated when they discovered they'd been "caught."
- Music. Especially the kind with twang.
- Being outside. Walks and occasional jogs do my heart wonders.
- Relaxing mornings with home brewed coffee.
- On mornings I don't have time to relax, just home brewed coffee.
- Teaching middle school. Those who have been with me on any given Sunday night may argue I don't LOVE my job, but really, I do.
- Time with friends. Usually this means going out, but it doesn't have to, right? It's the time together that makes it meaningful.
- Reading. I am fortunate to be on a Kindle account with five women in my family who are much more voracious readers than me. So, I have access to over 130 books. It would take me years to read all those books. And, who says I can't access the library?
- Card making. I have accumulated so much paper, stickers, stamps, inks, etc., for hours of crafting.
- Talking on the phone to my mom. (Love night and weekend minutes!)
What do you love that money cannot buy? or What is your best money-saving strategy?