Over the past year or so I’ve been a journey of personal development and self reflection. I’ve read a number of personal development books, joined Facebook groups for support and encouragement and spent countless hours thinking about what I want to change in my life and what I want my life to look like.
As a result of all of this effort, I’ve solidified My Why and it is simply FREEDOM.
1) Financial FREEDOM: Throughout our 16 year marriage my husband and I have made a number of bad financial decisions. Even though we were making a decent amount of money during the first 11 or 12 years, we lived beyond our means and we are paying the price now. We purchased a business in 2010 and it barely provides enough income for our basic necessities. We borrowed a lot of money from family members to purchase the business. We have huge credit card balances (I’m embarrassed to tell you the amount, so let’s just say it’s way above the national average). All of this debt creates a lot of stress for me, my marriage and in turn for my children. I want the financial freedom that comes with being debt free.
2) FREEDOM to work from home: My husband works at our business 4 1/2 days a week. I’m there for the 1/2 day that he is not. We both work from home on nights and weekends. We are working hard, but not working smart. Although we have employees that work for us for the evening and weekend shifts, the business is not profitable enough for us to hire help during the day allowing us to be at home with our children. Although we love being small business owners, we don’t have the flexibility that we had hoped for. I want to create my own home based business so that I have the freedom to volunteer in my children’s classrooms or chaperone field trips and so that I can be the one to take care of them when they are sick rather than leave them with a sitter because I have to go to work.
3) FREEDOM to move to a different house: Did you notice that I didn’t say bigger house? We don’t need (or want) a bigger house. We simply need a different house with a different layout. One that works better for our family of 6. Currently we have the world’s smallest kitchen. It only fits one person comfortably, but it’s where everyone wants to be most of the time. A laundry room on the second floor would also be amazing! I want the freedom to live in a home that suits my family and our needs.
4) FREEDOM to give generously: We give a small donation to our church each week and we donate small sums when a family member or friend is raising money for a worthy cause, but there isn’t much money in our budget for any other donations. I want the freedom to be able to bless others whenever I see a need.
I would love to hear about your WHY! Please share in the comments.