A Simply Simple Life
The temptation of consumerism is always knocking on our front doors. From commercials to advertisements, our social media feeds and our neighbors next door, there seems to be something we always want that we just can’t quite have yet. (Or, with the swipe of a credit card or the emptying of a savings account, we actually can have it…)
In the world of entrepreneurship, so much focus is put on money. How much you’re making, how much you’re keeping, and how much you’re losing. So much talk about money tends to put a bad taste in people's mouths, leaving the rest of the world to believe that all entrepreneurs are greedy narcissists that only chase green.
And while most entrepreneurs will be happy to list reasons beyond money that they’re doing what they do, or reasons why money will get them the life they want, the truth is that at the end of the day the focus is still largely on money.
I am an entrepreneur because I want the life that comes when I'm working for myself. I love the freedom and the creativity. I love being able to set my own schedule. And now as a mom of three little ones (all under the age of five!), having flexibility in my day is crucial.
And, of course, I want money.
I was having coffee with a friend of mine a few months ago and I told her what my goals were with my new business. I was very candid about how much money I was hoping to make and how, when I achieved that goal, I wanted to buy myself that Land Rover I’ve been coveting since my hormones set in in high school. (That car is like the boy I loved but never got a chance to kiss…)
But as soon as I shared all of this with her, I felt immediate regret. Instantly in her eyes I turned into someone that was obsessed with material things. One of those people who are only after money and status. It seemed like she was disappointed in me, upset that her once public school teaching friend who struggled to live off of the $1,400 a month teaching salary was now chasing something most of the world deems “evil”.
My initial reaction was to try to explain my relationship with money to her, but I knew that would be fruitless as it takes most people many years to change their perception. So instead I let the conversation simmer down to nothing and said goodbye. To this day, I still haven’t heard from her.
Most people believe that, in the famous words of Biggie, “Mo’ money, mo’ problems.”
People are scared of money and they are hardwired to believe that the more you have, the more complicated life gets.
In fact, the more money you have the easier life becomes.
(And if you’re having a hard time swallowing this, try picking up the book Secrets of The Millionaire Mind, and see what happens after that information is digested…)
The truth is, I’m not driven by wanting a luxurious and lavish life. In fact, I’d be perfectly fine staying in my 1,200 square foot house and driving a used Discovery. For me, money buys time and experiences. It gives you the freedom to thoroughly enjoy all life has to offer - like friends and family.
A simple life isn’t determined by how much money you have in your bank account. A simple life is created by feeling content, by enjoying each moment, and by having time to be grateful.
Will money help me live a simpler life? Yes, it will.
And will I feel guilty about having money in my bank account?
About The Author
Julie Schoen is an internationally acclaimed yoga teacher, retreat coordinator, writer, and branding expert. She is also the founder of Yoginiology.com, Little Pearl Publishing, and Buzzy Blogs, where she is the head writer and editor. She is a leading female social entrepreneur in the United States, author of over twenty best-selling books, mom of three, wife of one, and an expert at putting her foot in her mouth, figuratively and literally.
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