Confession: I stay home most Saturdays to avoid spending money. Despite my love of travel, which is currently on hold, I’d say I’m just as much of a homebody too. However, living with my parents/siblings and coming from a big Puerto Rican family that loves to get together often, it does not make it easy to escape criticism.
I’m not just staying home and doing nothing though. I’m reading, watching videos, reviewing and revising my budget, & just overall educating myself & connecting with like-minded people. When I started this account I never imagined the impact it would have on my life. I can’t thank this community enough for being so understanding and supportive in a world where instant gratification and consumerism rule.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m very transparent with the moments I lack patience as well as my past credit card purchases of designer bags, makeup, and clothes. I’m on a mission right now though and while a few people in my life know about it, I only ever go into the details of it with all of you.
People think I’m broke, people think I’m boring, people think I’m depressed, people think I’m wasting my life away by working a 9-5 just to come home and work from 6-10 on a laptop placed on my small nightstand. Do you know what I see? I see future me crying tears of joy and thanking God and 25-year-old me for all the sacrifice and everything it taught me. My eyes are watering right now as I type this.
I can’t wait to live like no one else and give like no else. When they ask how I did it, because I know they will, I’ll remind them of all the times they told me I “wasn’t living”. No, that isn’t a spiteful response, it’s simply the truth and what I had to go through. There is no elevator to success and I’m learning that day in and day out. With great sacrifice comes great reward.
Debt freedom is so much deeper than just having more money. It’s being able to go after all of your desires and dreams at full speed. Ideally, I’d love to have my own personal impact to help people wake up from this “reality” of working a 9-5 until they’re old and then living the remainder of their lives with regret. In the meantime, I have much to learn. - 7 hours ago