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Thankful for Enough

February 13th, 2017 at 11:39 am

Lately I've been suffering from "option overload". Since I completed my professional program, I've been obsessing about "what's next". There are so many factors to consider that I was losing sleep over it all.

I've decided that what I really want to do is just stay put for now. DW has to finish up 1.5 years where she is before she is eligible to retire, so she will continue to do the visits on long weekends and holidays. The kids want to stay in this area. So now DD1 can continue plans for the local community college and DD2 can plan on attending high school here, as she'll be a freshman next year. I love my current job, and I am still learning a lot professionally. This area is a hot bed of employment opportunities so when I am ready to switch or add a few part-time hours I am in the right place.

The downsides to this area are the very high cost of living and traffic. Because we choose to live closer to work, traffic is not terrible for us on a daily basis, but instead we have to deal with the very expensive housing. I realize it is a trade-off. I won't be able to purchase a home out here, but in this market, for me, it makes more sense financially to rent.

So I'm giving my family another 4 years in the area for peace of mind for the family and employment opportunities for myself. I am telling myself that I have Enough. Excellent high school for my DD2, great community college and public transportation options for DD1, challenging career for myself. By living simply and being mindful of our purchases we should have enough money to cover the high rent, pay for our needs, a few opportunities for all of us, and save for the future.

Why lose sleep and make myself all anxious just to get more, more, more? The grass is always going to be greener. I need to embrace what I have here and make the best of it! In 4 years I can reconsider relocation options, with both kids finished with high school, a bit more experience in the field for myself, and DW at a career point where she can decide to stay in or retire.

I must remember my own affirmation: My needs are always met and my income is abundant.

6 Responses to “Thankful for Enough”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    Good plan! It helps our brains to make decisions, and then we sleep better.

  2. Carol Says:

    Sounds smart and wise to me.

  3. kashi Says:

    Love that affirmation!

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Way to go. You have thought this through and are affirming the positive.

  5. starfishy Says:

    congrats on making a decision!

  6. VS_ozgirl Says:

    I totally understand option overload because at any given time I feel like I have about 3 different things on my mind! But the majority of us are so blessed because there are so many people with way worse things going on than us. It sounds like you have great things ahead of you so definitely don't lose sleep, you have a good mantra!

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