Heading to London today to visit my dear friend @cha.tanguay 💛 We haven’t seen each other for 8 months but it doesn’t feel like it! A few of my friends live around the world and I think we have a tighter bond even if I don’t see them very often 👭
Do you experience the same feeling with friends you don’t see a lot?
You have to learn
how to be happy alone
to be happy with someone
🖤 Miss you, lovely! So much 🖤
[Photo by @oliviachabert taken during or girls vacay exploring Toro, Salamanca and Madrid. Summer 2017]
just another day planet hopping through life while i rock out with the most thoughtful and beautifully designed handknit gloves, made by my incredible soul sister (and salty sister!) @stitchandstretch this talented and beyond amazing lady jumped outside of her comfort zone to make this intricate pattern for me. and just in time for our trip to iceland to keep me warm through all the cold, wet and windy days.
being that it's gifting season, do you prefer handmade gifts, store bought gifts or gifts that are purchased with a lot of thought, passion and love put into it? i personally love gifting experiences, but love receiving handmade gifts (and experiences!)
The boardies blew my camouflage.
So.. I was thinking about how much money we need to retire. And then I asked myself, “What is money?” It’s paper and metal that we give value to as a means of exchanging goods and services. What is “valuable”? Something that we need, desire or respect. Meaning it’s in demand (and/or scarce), essential, irreplaceable or makes a positive difference. If we were in a tribal society, what value does money have? Zilch.
That brings me to my next point. You could be a poor backpacker that travels places and experiences different cultures and lifestyles on a ground level, or a wealthy executive that lives in a gated luxurious mansion and travels business class to the same 5 star facilities and level of service. After considering the two extremes, I think I would ultimately prefer to focus more on creating “wow” experiences than on “wow” appearances. So is it worth forgoing your youth and early adulthood to accumulate flashy assets when you can be building up incredible memories and skills? Meeting half way is the best in my opinion. In civilised society, we need money to purchase:
- needs for survival and progress
- things for loved ones
- make a difference in society
Money today is essential- but it’s not everything. However you choose to spend your money, remember to be satisfied and grateful for what you have, even if it’s next to nothing- appreciate that even being able to take an effortless breath of fresh air is a miracle (just ask those who suffer with hay fever and asthma how precious this ability is!). Remember to live within your means. There’s nothing worse than losing your financial freedom and independence.
In conclusion, as to how much money we need to retire.. still working on it :)
When you’re hungry, you’re hungry! Most mornings a dozen or so hornbills would descend on the trees around the hotel looking for food. Needless to say, I took loads of pictures. .
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