As I write this I am $135,000 in debt.
I am 50 years old. Divorced twice. Two kids.
College is just around the corner, times 2, minus child support for one.
Like many rebellions this one is both personal and born of desperation.
On Monday I was on a national television show talking about my massive debt. It should go without saying that I am trying to figure out a way out of it - I mean look at that number!
A definition of success that requires the accumulation of material goods.
Can I scratch my travel bug by taking a few long weekend trips? Can I house swap with friends who live elsewhere but want to visit here? I do live in an amazing spot, just a few minutes' walk to the beach and less than 2 hours from San Francisco, Oakland and Monterey/Carmel.
What are the times I feel most happy and what’s going on then?
Sure enjoy shopping. I enjoy the dopamine hit when I get something new and shiny and fancy and fashionable, but that wears off like over time. Like any other addiction the addiction to stuff requires constant feeding.
I’m addicted to reading. I buy books.
I am addicted to learning. I take classes. I sign up for courses. I sign up for workshops. I sign up for seminars. For coaching.
The truth is this: My addictions have gotten me into profound debt.
Today is the day I begin to tackle this $135,000.00 of debt I am in by taking these 3 steps first:
1) Creating an accurate accounting of where my money goes.
2) Creating a budget (with the help of Dr. Lynn Richardson).
3) Define what is truly "enough" for me.
Care to join me? The rebellion is free!
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