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What would you do if money was no object?

Today is my 2 year blogoversary (YAY!), so I thought I’d bring you an inspiring video…

“If you say that money is the most important thing, you’ll spend your life completely wasting your time: You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is, in order to go on doing things you don’t like doing — which is stupid!

And after all if you really do like you’re doing, it doesn’t matter what it is, you can eventually turn it.. eventually become a master of it. The only way of becoming a master of something, then you’ll be able to get a good fee for whatever it is.

Somebody is always interested in anything.

It is absolutely stupid to spend your time doing things you don’t like, only to go on spending things you don’t like or doing things you don’t like and to teach our children to follow the same track.

So it’s very important this question: What do I desire?

– Allan Watts

Of course, I am of the belief to do what you love to do, as long as it’s something.

You can’t say that you like to sit around and eat chips, watching TV and expect to become the Chip Eating Champion TV Watcher of the World, and make money.

As for myself, you already know that I love my job. And my hobbies. 🙂


So, what do you desire?

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Sherry of Save. Spend. Splurge.

Millionaire at 36 after getting out of $60K of student debt in 18 months, a little over a decade earlier, using TheBudgetingTool.com. Since then, I have paid my $600K home in cash (my half was $300K), my $180K casr in cash, worked 50% of my career (taking 1-2 year breaks), and quadrupled my income within 2 years of graduating, going from $65K to $260K with an average lifetime savings rate of 50%. I could retire today if I wanted, but love my work-life balance as a freelancing consultant in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math). I am all about balance - between time and money, and also enjoying my money. I also post daily on Instagram @saverspender.

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21 Comments

  1. Lila

    Congratulations! I didn’t know you were a fan of Alan Watts. I found some of his videos last year on youtube and he’s very inspiring. Definitely says things that make me think.

    I think this quote is a bit easier to follow if you live in the first world where there are many advantages. A lot of people in the first world can’t always make a living at what they want from the get-go but then by working their day job, they can save up the money in order to go do that thing they want…provided if that’s what other people want to buy/get/see.

    There are so many creative ways to make a dollar these days. I watch a lot of youtube channels like Laura in the Kitchen, Clean My Space, Alejandra TV, GloZell, PewDiePie, etc. I’m surprised at what I’m willing to watch. Never thought I’d be watching cleaning and organizing channels and a guy narrating his video game plays. 😉

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Thanks! I think the Internet has made it easier to find new ways to make a living but it still shuts out folks who are too poor for the net, let alone a computer.

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  2. The Money Spot

    Congrats on your Blogging Anniversary! Keep up the good work.

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Thank you kindly

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  3. Michelle

    Happy Blogoversary!! I love your blog 🙂 What do I desire? That is a loaded question that I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about. And the answer I came up is: Love (and family) freedom to pursue what I would like to pursue, debt freedom (of course), and travel…and consistently good food and coffee that I can eat and drink while looking cute.

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Debt freedom will come in time. Food is a big thing for me too 🙂

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  4. The Asian Pear

    Happy Blogversary!

    As for me, I’d travel. I’d blog. I’d write. I’d go to school for things that I want to learn (photoshopping, photography, cooking, baking). Then I’d open up my own business – not sure what… A lil bakery or bistro.

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Thank you! OOO! A BAKERY!

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  5. tomatoketchup

    I have mixed feelings about that quote. I certainly don’t think people should intentionally choose a career path they hate just for financial reasons, but simply liking what you do (as opposed to having a burning passion for it) is sufficient enough.

    If money were no object, I would have become a professional musician. Unfortunately in music, talent and hard work is no guarantee of success, and I did not want to find myself at age 50 completely broke with no practical work skills. So I picked a different career that I like, that pays well, and still allows me tons of free time to do my music without any financial constraints. Though maybe once I hit financial independence, I’ll start looking for a band.

    Congrats on the 2 year mark 🙂

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    1. ella

      @tomatoketchup:
      I was thinking the same thing too, and you explained it very well.

      We say, do what you desire. But there are some people who are far more fortunate to do just that. First, they may have the resources or finances to make/do what they desire a reality. But for the common folk, they may have challenges and will need to take on other jobs to survive. Thus, we have waiters, insurance agents and people who discard carcasses off our roads. And we are glad for them because if everyone focused on their true desire, we’d have an over-saturation of musicians, etc.

      Sometimes we have to do things in life that we dislike, but that’s part of human nature. Even the rich or desire-chasers will get tired of their routine after a while. I watched Katy Perry’s documentary (and while she’s clearly doing something she’s passionate about), I could see how her incessant performances were running her down. Ultimately, it wasn’t just about her anymore–she can’t just call in for a sick day, as many people depended on her, including those who work hard to set up the concert stage, dancers, and thousands of disappointed fans.

      On another note…I think this type of inspiration is great, but could also contribute to why people are unhappy with their jobs. For quite some time we’ve been told by the media to follow our dreams and if we don’t then we are just living a “pointless” life, which isn’t necessarily true.

      And yes, happy 2 years!!

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      1. save. spend. splurge.

        Oh yeah, I’m getting burned out by my job (this is a tough period of the year right now), and even though I love it most of the time, there are bad times of course…

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      2. C

        Happy two years! Also, to tomatoketchup’s comment on the quote – I have mixed feelings as well. I’m a psychologist who studies people at work and though I’ve not done research on this specific issue, am suspicious of the current cultural push to do what you love and love what you do. Lean in, etc. It’s so much easier to drain the last ounce of productivity out of an employee if you’ve convinced them they’re working all the time because they LOVE it. The new opiate for the masses. If I were financially independent I’d be a traveling fiend and maybe work quarter time…

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        1. save. spend. splurge.

          Oh good point. I guess industries like working for fashion, video games or journalism would have rampant abuse….

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    2. save. spend. splurge.

      I’d be on the same page, but leaning more towards finding something you like and are good at, even if it isn’t your burning passion.

      Still have to support yourself 🙂

      If I were financially free, I’m not sure what I’d do. I’ve been pondering that. Probably end up a bum.

      Thanks!

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  6. Heather

    Happy blogoversary! I just started my dream job this year, so that’s already covered. My new compact schedule gives me more free time to do the things I love, but if I could ask for anything, it’d be just a little bit more free time. Maybe work just 3 days instead of 4 and spend the rest writing, reading, volunteering, getting out with my dog, traveling, and spending time with friends. I’d love to invest more time in Simply Save if I could.

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  7. Taylor Lee @ Engineer Cents

    Congrats on the blogoversary!

    If money was no object, I’d dive into a grad program for either high tech mechanical design or economics. I’d live the life of an academic / artist but with a nicer house and still do some international travel now and again.

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      I’d avoid academia for sure but I’d travel 🙂

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  8. Kasia

    Congrats on 2 years of blogging!

    I want to write full time combining blogging, freelancing and fiction; invest in property; travel the world; and throw in a marathon and triathlon throughout the year.

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    1. save. spend. splurge.

      Nice! Are you working towards all that?

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      1. Kasia

        @save. spend. splurge.: Yes, slowly. I’ve got a novel I’m self publishing mid year, the blogging and freelance writing is a bit on the slow side but I’m working on it, and I managed to meet with a mortgage broker today to discuss my strategy, and I’ve a half marathon to run in July. Slowly, but surely it will all happen.

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        1. save. spend. splurge.

          NICE! 🙂 I love hearing that.

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