If money had no meaning…

Kids feel such genuine joy over the little things in life like blowing bubbles, playing with a stick for hours on end, or making mud pies. As I get older, the harder it seems to be to find such joy for the little things. Kids are truly inspiring.  My son inspires me everyday to strive to be a better version of myself, to stay humble, and to find time to enjoy the world around me. Life gets so busy and the stress of being an adult can feel like the world is closing in around me. Between bills, work, errands, cleaning the house, the laundry that never seems to end, appointments, and everything else that seems to consume our lives – “adulting” is just plain hard sometimes. It’s got me thinking, what would my life look like if money had no meaning? I’ve never been much of a dreamer – I’m normally more of a realist… which sometimes looks more like a pessimist.. but tonight, I’m taking a break from reality.

What would I do if I didn’t have to worry about my paycheck coming every two weeks? Let’s see..

  • I’d be in Disneyland right now… ha.. just kidding.. sort of 😉
  • I would spend more time with my son. He is growing up so fast, and I feel like I have missed so much while I have been working these past ten years. I would love to spend more time after school going to the park, or playing a game. I would love to have impromptu movie dates, and be able to help him with his homework without racing against the clock. I would love to have more time to do science experiments, dance, have nerf gun wars, read books, draw, and take Lucy on more walks together.
  • I would spend more time getting into shape and less time complaining about not having the time to do so. I would love to go on hikes and enjoy the beauty Arizona has to offer. I haven’t been on a hike since January 2012 but I have always remembered thoroughly enjoying it (even though I took roughly 30 breaks to sit down and catch my breath haha).waterfall
  • I would spend more time with my husband. Sometimes with the chaos life brings we spend so much time focused on what we “need” to do, which family members & friends we need to go see, what Cameron needs and wants, etc.  – that we loose sight of spending time just the two of us until we are crawling into bed at night completely and utterly exhausted.
  • I would buy my husband an old classic car to spend his time learning to work on.
  • I would take some business management courses. I would love to continue to improve my existing skills to set myself up for my dream. I would love to start my own business and work with children. Something like Libby Lu, but something for girls AND boys. I would love to work with numbers, people, and most importantly contribute to creating special memories for kids.. something with meaning. <3
  • I would spend more time with my parents. Going to car shows with my dad, writing workshops with my mom, learning the family business, and spending time at the cabin together. Sharing in their interests, and them sharing in mine. They are by far a couple of the most fascinating people I know. I can listen to them tell stories about their past for hours and never get bored.
  • I would spend more time with my friends. I am fortunate enough to have a couple of the best friends a girl could ask for. The kind of friends that it doesn’t matter how much time has passed – when we see each other it’s like we haven’t missed a second; but I would love to see them more often.
  • I would spend more time with my family. My cousins, my Aunts and Uncles, and my Grandparents. I would love to be able to make more time to see the ones I live so close to, and be able to travel to visit the others  – to see where they call home! 🙂
  • I would set our home up for automatic deliveries of chocolate covered strawberries. 😉
  • I would take dance classes. There is nothing more soothing to my soul than dancing. In our kitchen we have a sign that says “this kitchen is for dancing” and it couldn’t be more accurate. 
  • When I was young I was really interested in acting and modeling. My parents actually did enroll me in an agency and I was offered a couple commercial gigs but the shy girl that I was – turned them down. I have always thought about trying to get into acting/modeling to some degree again, but wouldn’t even know where to begin.. not to mention, who knows how much longer I will look younger than I really am. 😉
  • I would invest in a greenhouse similar to the one my mother-in-law has and spend time learning to garden. I’ve never been able to keep a plant of any kind alive before but it has always intrigued me.
  • I would spend more time writing. By the time I am done working, I feel guilty if I sit in my office and try to write for any length of time. I should be chatting with my husband, engaging with my son, or playing with our puppy. I should be putting the laundry away, doing the dishes, or cleaning something. There is always something else I feel I should be doing, no matter how supportive my husband is telling me to take time and do something for myself. I would love to make writing something I do more consistently.. after all, practice makes perfect right?
  • I would take my son to the beach. I would love to travel and see some of the beauty the U.S. has to offer. I’ve never been to New York, the Grand Canyon, or even the four corners, but have always wanted to. I’ve never been much into the idea of traveling the world, but I have always dreamt of going to Paris.
  • I would consider having another baby. This is something I don’t like to talk about and I’m still not comfortable going into much detail on the subject, but if money wasn’t an object? Maybe. <3

While making this list I noticed a lot of the things I would do – don’t require money at all… but to me – time IS money. I put a lot of effort into doing a great job with my work and with that means I give up some valuable hours. I’m sure many of you can relate. So while I was making this list I guess I was envisioning working less and doing more for myself. The fact of the matter is though – I love to work. I love doing something productive that I can be proud of. I enjoy other people seeing my talents, & I like to have a bar set that I can always aim to exceed. I like doing things I’m good at… but man, it would be nice to achieve some of the things on my “dream” list, while still bringing in the dough.. hey, anything is possible, right? 😉

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What would YOUR life look like if money had no meaning? Where would you live? What would you do more/less of? Would you work? Who would you spend your time with?

 

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