One of the reason’s that many of us have chose to live a minimalist lifestyle is for one day to be able to live a comfortable retirement. Does this mean that we are saving enough money now so we can live like a king or queen one day when we do retire? No, far from it. Many of the older folks that I have know who lived through the great depression developed the a ability to live their lives as minimalists, even though I don’t believe that phrase was known then. They lived quiet simple lives and tucked savings away just in case something traumatic should occur again. When they retired they continued to live the same lifestyle in retirement as they did throughout their lives.
This is what I call the Minimalist Retirement. A house paid in full and enough money coming in each month to cover all of our basic needs with a little more to put away. The ability to take a few vacations per year and the ability to have wonderful get togethers on special occasions with siblings and grandchildren and hopefully great grandchildren. Living in good health enough to do active things with friends like tennis, or softball and enough energy to still work the gardens in our yards each day. Not so much an extravagant lifestyle like the rich and famous, but a calm, peaceful lifestyle where time is of little factor.
An existence where I still own just those things I need to get through the day without all of the stuff I sometimes see laying around retired peoples homes. Minimalist, simple and healthy. I don’t want to travel the world, but it would be nice to take an RV out for a few weeks every now and then and visit some of the grandest sights that nature has to show me across this great land.
All of this and more can become a reality not by stressing over 401k plans and investments, no, it can all be ours by just living a minimalist lifestyle right now. The only change would be not going to work each day, but instead finding interesting things that we really want to do each day. By simply not turning over our hard earned money each day to banks in the form of interest through loans and credit cards and not feeding the large manufacturers who produce crap that fills our homes with clutter we feed the pig that will someday provide for us a simple, comfortable retirement. By living a life filled with the simple joys, and I believe that there are is no better than simple, we can have a happy, fulfilling life. A life of treasured memories that no only brighten our days, but the days of our loved ones.
Set up a budget and be consistent about feeding your savings even if it is just a little. Pay off those credit cards and loans and eventually mortgage and rid yourself of all interest payments. Tough times come and go, but just stay the course and don’t stress over too much. Just do the best you can and don’t work yourself to death. Money will slowly build up, but remember not to fall in love with it. You will wake up one day to the ability to live a minimalist retirement.
Blood Sugar- 92, Weight- 177.8
Pulldowns- 310 lbs – 22, 25
Rows- 310 lbs – 20, 23
Reverse Flys- 110 lbs – 20, 22
Breakfast- 2 Eggs
Lunch- Steak, Fish, Broccoli
Dinner- Chicken, Spinach