Lucky number 13!Awesome pic of a beautiful black cat of the human kind. Wow, some balance there.I'd like to think that by the time you "retire", you'll be a recognised author and sought after artist... as it should be.Your studio awaits m'lady, go create some wonderful artwork :)xxx
I was just thinking the other day...when can I retire....I think maybe in 20 years. I need to be working on paintings too....but right now all I can do is get through each day.
Congratulations!I need to work 17 more years to get a good enough pension but I can retire long before that if I think water and bread is enough to keep me alive :-)Have a great day!Christer.
Vicki,I'm hoping that I will create something that will enable me to never retire, if you know what I mean! LOL!;)I've just gotten home and I do have to work in the morning tomorrow but I'm going to carve out some time this weekend to create as much as I can!I WILL DO IT!!!Thanks for all your encouragement!xo
Nita,When I say 9 years, I'm planning on living solely on my Social Security and that will not be very much.But I'm trying to take steps now to live more simply and also pay down all my debt before then so that I won't have so many expenses. I also hope to be able to write a book or paint a painting here and there so that I can have a few extra dollars.I have many people in my "real" life who tell me that it's a pipe dream. They tell me that Social Security won't be there and that competition in childrens books, etc. is so stiff, that I will never make it. But I saw a quote that said something like, you are what you believe you are....and I'm going to focus on the thinking that it will all work out. Some days are harder than others to be optimistic, but today I feel good!Last week I too was trying to just get through the day but now that the pressure has let up, I'm feeling better.I hope that something good comes your way soon and I'm thinking positive happy thoughts for you too!xoxo
Christer,I hear you!I could retire in 4 1/2 and get about half of my Social Security but with all these mouths to feed, I might have to hang in there longer than that.I'm hoping to make some more $$$ with my book ideas and/or paintings.But I'm going to also try to enjoy the journey rather than just the goal!17 years... the days might be long but the years do seem to pass very quickly!Hang in there!:D :D :D
i'm so sick of people tromping on other people's dreams.they've been saying the same thing about social security for the last 40 years. i used to think the same thing.but you've got the secret.live as absolutely simply and streamlined as you can.time is worth more than money. IF you have enough to eat and for the basics anyway! LOL. a big IF. but then when you don't have the horrible stress of your workplace... you're happier.you spend less cause you're not 'compensating' for being miserable. does that make any sense? i think i'm rambling! :Dthat's only one reason minimalism is such a fantastic lifestyle.it's so light. it's just keeping the burdens light. and YOU have such beautiful talent to make your books and paintings!!!OH CINDI!! it's so exciting!you'll be RESTED! just think!and nine years is going to fly by. it's amazing how fast time goes these days!being debt free is the whole key.she says... with her one cc with a balance. LOLOL. preacher heal thyself first. LOLOL. XOXOXOXO♥and...i thought ... oh christer! 17 yrs yet.but. he lives in paradise.if i had that magical enchanted wood and that little cottage... and his furries... oh my. i think i could stand it!
Good luck in generating more income doing things you love. We're rooting for you!
Tammy,Yes, I'm going to focus on the positive!But I'm also going to make myself focus on the NOW. Instead of the "Someday I will be Happy when..." mindset. I'm going to choose to just be Happy now. Sounds so simple, and I suppose it is, and yet I've obviously forgotten how to be sometimes.I'm going to try very hard to concentrate on all that I am fortunate to have in my life and try not to let the bad stuff take over.I think if I indeed get this new schedule, I will actually have time to do the things I love.Be with my pets, do my Art, write, garden, and spend time with those I love, both in "real" life and here in blog world!xoxoFingers crossed.and 17 years does seem long but Christer seems to have his life pretty well figured out and he appears to be happy as long as he has his dogs, flowers, a camera and something good to eat!But I do need to start playing the Lottery so that I could send him and you and some of my other dear friends some $$$$$ to make life a tad bit more comfortable!LOL!
Jean,Thank you SO MUCH!Knowing that means the world to me!Truly, it's because of my friends here that make me realize that I'm not alone but have a great support team.That friendship makes me feel like I can achieve my dreams.XOXOXO
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