Long drives make me think and I had two long drives to and from the airport when I was on vacation last week. It’s no secret that I spend a bit of time thinking about money and how it’s involved in my life. Well on this particular drive I was thinking about how my goal in life is not to see how much money I can make. I don’t think many people start out with that goal or even consciously set that as a goal, but it seems to be what happens as time goes on. We strive to make enough, but then as we make more, our standards of living increase and the cycle repeats.
As I’ve gone on this blogging adventure, I’ve realized that I don’t desire to make as much money as possible. The point behind all these financial goals and money-saving strategies is to get myself to the point where I have the freedom to truly go after what I want in life. Finances and time seem to hold us back from doing what we really want, and my goal is to get to a point where they don’t hold me back. Where I am in a position to support myself without requiring a traditional Monday through Friday 40 hour per week job. That is what financial freedom means to me.
So what would I do with this financial freedom? What are time and money holding me back from? I don’t know yet. I know I want to do something big with my life. As corny as it sounds, I want to change the world. I want to make a difference, have an impact. I have so many inspirational people in my life that inspire me to do something big. I just don’t know what. It may be helping veterans with their resumes as they transition to a civilian career, or something with animals. I would blog more for sure and explore more avenues with Simply Save. I do have a feeling I will end up working in a police department some day…maybe as an officer, but more likely in a clerical or Community Service Officer role. Honestly, I think if money weren’t a factor, I’d be working at dispatch taking 911 calls.
Even though I don’t know the answer to this question quite yet, a lot of Simply Savers do. Here’s what they’d do if time and money weren’t a factor:
Mine’s easy. Making a safe haven for those in need. Not a homeless shelter with stigmas attached, but a place people could really come & have counseling, showers, food, snacks, laundry, games, etc. -Mariette
I’d be doing what I’m doing now…only YEARS earlier! ….I take it back…I’m where I’m supposed to be at the time in supposed to be here. If $$ and time weren’t an issue though…I’d be in one class or the other all the time. -Randy (Randy is the Director of Operations/Development of a nonprofit that trains assistance dogs. He and his wife are huge inspirations to me.)
Wander around the world, exploring different places, learning new cultures, and volunteering in a few of my favorite places. –Scott
I’d have a ranch with a small herd of cattle that don’t require too much attention/time and a garden large enough to support a year round supply of tasty fresh veggies. -Ben
Operating a pick-your-own produce farm. -Jessica
Have a nice place on a lake back in MN, and travel the world to meet new people. -Michael
I would love to own a doggie day care/spa. I would call it Maggie’s Pet Hotel and Spa. I would also start a program that grants financial assistance for pets who need emergency or life threatening medical care from veterinarians. -Ashley
Running an animal rescue. -Katy
What Katy said! -Julia
Going to school and staying at home with Abel. –Andreina (Abel is her son)
Traveling the country drag racing. -Brian
Travel the world. -Anonymous
A steady combination of dog training, sporting clay and IPSC shooting with constant motorcycle trips in summer. International travel in the winter. Get a membership at a myriad of gyms and train when not traveling. Eat all the high quality foods I can’t afford right now. Smoke good cigars. -Christian
Take my family on trip to most of the places I have been plus some. -Rich
Wow, these Simply Savers inspire me! What would YOU do if time and money weren’t a factor? Comment below!