A friend of mine from college recently got laid off from a collapsed silicon valley startup. (I suppose that’s the opposite of the so-called unicorns?) Instead of moping around, he was apparently savvy enough to have saved some dough and is now traveling all over the world knocking off item after item of many people’s “bucket lists.” He’s been to the waterfalls of South America and the deserts of Namibia. His last post was from base camp on Mt. Everest. I’m incredibly jealous—he’s doing many things that I wish I could be doing.
But I can’t do those things for many reasons. I have three kids, so that would make it quite a bit more difficult, for one. More realistically (and honestly), however, I just have too much debt to even think about doing something like that. But focusing on the things I can’t do is a fast track to unhappiness and splurging after feeling deprived. Instead, I’m working on ways to find happiness and abundance everywhere while living frugally. That means expressing gratitude each and everyday for the many, many good experiences and people in my life….