I questioned why we had to choose between being financially stable and having fun. It dawned on me that by focusing on our key values we wouldn’t have to. It was a realisation I wish had dawned on me years ago!
We didn’t have to give up our house or the things we loved. There wasn’t a trade off between time and wealth. The realisation that we could have adventures and be on firm ground financially changed our lives.
That realisation came in mid-2011. Within a very short space of time we were back on our feet, we started saving money for a deposit on a home in our dream location, went on many holidays each year, renovated our home, acquired neglected land to create a smallholding and began building a successful business (Swell Pixel).
In 2017, once our son finished primary school, we moved to our dream location. By mid-2018 both myself and my husband were semi-retired. I work 15 hours a week, he works 20.
We didn’t have to choose just one goal – we did them all. Of course, we’re now working towards new goals but at the same time we still have lots of time for fun, hobbies and adventures (although I’m typing this in the middle of the global pandemic so for the time being we’re somewhat limited!)