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  • #16
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    I agree, though I don't know who Dave Ramsey is...yet.


    I have told more than one boss that I'm not interested in a 'career'. I simply want to make enough to feed my family and live my life.


    That doesn't take much.

    Even if you fall flat on your face, at least you're moving forward!

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    • #17
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      This is a subject close to my heart. My hubby and I are actively working to simplify our lives (it's been a multi-year journey) and move towards happiness (I know that sounds corny, but seeking happiness is a big goal in my life these days). Thankfully we've both been financially prudent (always kept a budget, didn't overspend, sought to save at least 10%-30% of earnings) and are very resource-aware so we're able to walk the path. I resigned from my 80-hour workweek 2 years ago and have been persuing much lower-paid, but more satisying alternatives since then. Hubby is resigning from his job early next year and we're moving into a RV. We plan to spend the next 5-10 years travelling round, working as needed and experiencing a different side of life.


      For those of you seeking a simpler lifestyle, some of these books are wonderful:


      "The Simple Living Guide" A Sourcebook for Less Stressful, More Joyful Living (9780553067965): Janet Luhrs:

      http://www.amazon.com/Simple-Living-Guide-Sourcebook-Stressful/dp/0553067966/


      "The Complete Tightwad Gazette": Amy Dacyczyn

      http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Tight.../dp/0375752250

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      • #18
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        that sounds awesome, Nina and thank for the book tips. I did 12 years in humanitarian work, after my degree, with no salary and they were some of the best years of my life

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        • #19
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          Awww.. I LOVE the Tightwad Gazette!! I had all the books (from garage sales, LOL) when I was younger and had kids. I lived so cheap back then it was crazy!!


          Now I mix it up. I don't go crazy spending, we do a lot of thrift store shopping for things, but also regular stores. I try not to overdo, but would rather spend a bit more on something I love, and keep it for years and enjoy it a lot!


          I never have been a "career" person for the most part, but after turning 40 started really thinking about needing a job I enjoy and really wanting to work for myself. I'm going back to school next year to get my MA in Counseling-- ultimate goal is to have my own practice, my own hours and have some meaning and joy in my work. I think a career can be okay if it's what you love and you still have that work/life balance going on!

          sigpic "Boy I got vision and the rest of the world is wearing bifocals" - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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          • #20
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            Knew that story before and depending on how you look at it, I guess I'm kinda lucky.


            Oh, and first of all, hi there, I'm kinda back, in case you still remember me.

            Well the thing is, whether you know it or not, I've been struggling with my health for quite a while now, even though I'm still goddamn young and this even though I already was eating kinda primal. I still don't really know whether I'm completely on the right track and what was wrong with me in the beginning, but this whole episode of my life has made me think a lot about my life and stuff (maybe some kind of very early midlife crisis^^).

            And the conclusion I came to, is quite similiar to that of the story posted here. I am in the lucky situation to be very good at school, but still I think I should use that to my advantage to get a job and life that satisfies me and makes me happy, rather than earning a lot of cash. Actually, I also would find it very cool to have my own farm.

            Oh, and on a side note. Here's another great story that "kinda" fits to the topic:

            http://kalman.blogs.nytimes.com/2009...o-the-land/?em

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            • #21
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              The older I get (38), the more I realize that the grand dreams I had since I was a child were not necessarily meant to be and that even if I had reached them, most likely I would not have been as happy as I would if they came to light now (though now my dreams have changed). You can only know real happiness, the kind that equals joy and contentment when you have walked through struggles that have allowed you to learn and grow and be aware of what real happiness is. To me, real happiness does not exclude money, but includes it in a way that may not be in excess, but allows you enough security that you do not worry where your kids' next meal is going to come from and the roof over your head is never in threat of no longer existing. Traditions, honesty, loyalty in the face of disagreement with loved ones, to me these are the things that equal real happiness. The simple things that build lasting memories-

              Thanks for the reminder that sometimes it is ok to only want what you need and not be an all-consuming 'go-getter'.

              I do admit to wanting my own business and one day will robably have atleast 3, but I will not be present at all of them and I will create and environment that allows my employees to feel respected and like family-thereby passing this ideal on to others.

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              • #22
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                sivanandabahamas is situated in bahamas where the emphasis is to live an ashram style life (daily yoga, meditation sessions, chanting classes, organic vegetarian food, no alcohol, community service, farming etc.) in private, serene and "simply" luxurious accommodation and facilities. In a typical Yoga Retreat, guests practice different facets of Yoga - for physical strength, balance and flexibility, for physiological & therapeutic benefits and if they are interested, for pursuing a spiritual path through various types of meditation.

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                • #23
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                  hey Mark, looks like SPAM from jhony.

                  Eating lots but still hungry? Eat more fat. Mid-day sluggishness? Eat more fat. Feeling depressed or irritable? Eat more fat. People think you've developed an eating disorder? Eat more fat... in front of them.

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                  • #24
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                    I started listening to Dave Ramsey because of you guys, now I'm hooked. I already follow the spirit (if not the letter) of what he preaches without knowing it. There are somethings I don't quite agree with, but generally he seems to be a straight forward guy. There is no question that he makes money off of other people's misfortune, but he does seem to care and doesn't take advantage of people, he seems to help most of them. I would never buy his products, but I enjoy listening to him.

                    It's grandma, but you can call me sir.

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