Off the deep end

I’m sure many of you are wondering, after reading my last post, what the hell that had to do with being cheap or saving money. My philosophy for the past few years has been to enjoy every day as if it was your last, but make sure you have a plan, just in case it’s not.

It saddens me to see so many people who hate their jobs or their careers, but do nothing about it. They haven’t updated their resume since they got the last job (sometimes five or ten years ago), let alone have it circulating in cyberspace. They are secure in their complacency, even if they are miserable. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to say you should quit your job tomorrow. I’m encouraging you to explore your options. Open your mind to new possibilities. What would you do if you weren’t working the job you hate? What skills do you have that could lead to a new career? Maybe it’s time to dust off that old resume.

How does frugality work into this? Well, in our circumstances, being frugal has allowed Jeff and I to live without two full-time incomes. Sometimes I miss having my full-time income, but I sure don’t miss my full-time job. I love working with my clients. I love teaching part-time. I love being able to take a day off just because. Being frugal has allowed us to live comfortably and pay down our debt, while still enjoying our lives. Are there things we would like to do that we don’t have the money for? Of course, but as Dave Ramsey says “If you can live like no one else, someday you can live like no one else.”

Have you made the leap into another profession? Has being frugal helped you enjoy life more? Are you looking to make that leap? Are you working on that list I discussed in the last post?

If you haven’t started your list of possibilities, do it now. If you have already lived that dream, share your story.