Yesterday, I posted my very first vlog.
....well, that was an interesting experience. And I learned a few things from my teenage son. Like, how awful I am at vlogging. Apparently, I held the camera the wrong way, didn't get enough shots, and wasn't brave enough to vlog in public. (That last one was a very true thing. You try it! I felt so silly recording ourselves, talking to a camera out in front of people.) Even after all the critisim he said, "It's still probably something I would watch." How cool is that! If your teenage son doesn't 100% disapprove of something his mother has done, it's a total win in my book.
I had someone ask me yesterday, "How is it that you talk about being frugal, spending little money, and having a small budget; then share yourself going on trips and vacations all the time?"
The answer is pretty easy. It's all about priorities. I constantly have to ask myself "Where are my priorities?"
#1 Our children.
Meaning, absolute necessities. Actual necessities. Not wants. So, then we assess what it is we want. Truly want, not what do we want to make sure we are somewhere on the high-society-totem-pole. Of course, there are many days where I feel less-than because I'm not wear brand new clothes or have the newest iphone 4700 (I feel like within the next 20 minutes, by the time I share this post, that's the version that will be available.) . However, at some point in my life I realized that life wasn't for us, accepted it, and with that, found happiness. We stopped reaching for goals that didn't add to our happiness. We reached for small goals that gave us time back- time together, time to laugh, time to be silly, time to find one another. We're able to do that by not spending money on things most people do and we spend it on getting away and seeing what the world has to offer. Granted, we don't get far. However, I really feel like we will in the future. We are accepting every small grain of opportunity we are given with heaps of gratitude.
Do we need a new roof? Probably. It's not very pretty. Does it leak? Nope. Do we need to do landscaping on the front of our house? Probably. It definitely needs some freshening. Is it hurting anyone? Nope. Is it clean? Yes.
There are plenty of things we probably should be doing with our money, but what if we put on a new roof and fixed up our landscaping with this money this weekend?
This. This right here sums it up, my friend. "It's later than you think."
Because we chose to run off and rebel against adult-like chores, myself and my husband had to opportunity to spend some quality time together and make memories. We enjoyed ourselves.
Plus, who couldn't enjoy themselves while relaxing here!
We stopped time to step away from our usual day-to-day and we experienced something out of our element for just a moment. It was beautiful. A small trip is all we ever need. We enjoy our lives, sometimes we need time away from it to realize how wonderful we have it.
To be continued.... "Where we Stayed and what we did" coming tomorrow.
Remember to spend less and live more.
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Shoestring Amy is a free-spirited momma. With a family of five comes an active lifestyle full of energy. Amy strives for a lifetime of fun, laughter, and memories. Rather than smothering in debt, working for "things," and walking the same ol' line of misery created by a dead end job, she creates much larger goals. CONTINUE READING....
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