what Matters Most?

What’s most important? What’s your why? First things first. What gets you out of bed in the morning?

Well, to answer the last one – a 65 pound Labradoodle named Sadie – ’cause big girl has to go outside.

You’re probably familiar with many of these questions that are used in goal setting exercises to get the you to drill down to what’s truly important to you. This is like a big picture of how you want your life to be. You generally focus on a single aspect of this “ideal vision” for a period of 6 months to a year. Many folks like to choose a word to represent their area of focus for the set period of time. I often choose a word in late December to focus on for the following year.

My word for 2021 is THRIVE. I created an acrostic to go with the word. Most everything I do meets at least one area outlined in the acronym. I think my unofficial word for 2021 must be CELEBRATE because COVID’s constant Blursday was so depressing. So, celebrate we have – seasonal decor (including table linens) is regularly refreshed and I check the National Day Calendar for the silliest celebration I can find each day.

For the past 18 months, we’ve been focused on healing from surgery and learning live with a cancer diagnosis that has no known cure. Work and maintaining a consistent schedule in the midst of COVID became very important to achieving the sense of normalcy hubby craved. There are some glimmers of hope as hubs is now willing to focus on the future and possible early retirement.

While early retirement is a consideration when it comes to developing my social network outside of school, I would venture to say that financial independence (or FI) has been the true goal for quite some time. This is why we’ve worked so hard, saved, invested and delayed gratification on many things over the years. It’ll be my choice when to transition from the day job to devote more time to my creative biz (or passion project as my financial advisor likes to call it). It also provides a sense of peace and confidence that I will be able to handle whatever life scenario A-Z that might come my way.

In the meantime, I need to focus on the T in THRIVE – transform my health – and go take big girl for a walk.