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Monday, October 3, 2011

so it's like this...

andrea's post got me thinking.

envy & jealousy have once again reared their ugly heads {i'm totally convinced they are in cahoots with that witch, aunt flo}. i'm honestly not sure why because i am happy. my life is certainly far from perfect at the moment, but content is - indeed - a great word to describe me.

i suppose some of the coveting & yearning comes from the fact that i'm not at the level of certain people. i probably won't ever be. no, scratch that, i know i won't ever be. why? because that's not who i am.

money seems so disposable, doesn't it? well, maybe if you have a crap ton of it. when you're making it work on one income, you come to realize that money is precious. it seems frivolous to spend it on mortgage-priced purses and designer shoes {that will give you designer blisters}. but, do i still want those things? you're damn right i do.


because i'm human and being envious is part of human nature. but, i know that it's not good to covet. i should be happy with what i have . . . and i am.

if there is something i've learned over the last few years, it's that less really is more. my life may seem like a struggle from time to time {because, let's face it, folks, we're currently living the life we should have been living ten years ago*}, but i've never been happier. my children are getting more of me {and their father, too, for that matter} than they've ever had. we're more of a "family-centered family" instead of a "keeping up with the joneses-centered family." 

*my life is certainly NOT where i pictured it to be. i had a clear vision of how i wanted things to be by the time i hit my mid-thirties. never, ever did i expect to be in grad school, living off a single-income, still paying off debt . . . all the while rooting on my husband who closed a painful chapter in his life & is moving on with honor & integrity {oh, that's so coach wade of me!}.

money doesn't buy happiness. i've seen first hand that money really is the root of all evil. alas, money does make the world go 'round. and, i will always fight off fits of jealousy and urges of "want, want, want."

while my life isn't where it should be, it's certainly getting there. and, here's a refreshing though, i bet there are more people out there who can relate to MY kind of life than there are people who can't.  i also know, too, that somewhere out there somebody might even be jealous of me.

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Blogger Ashleigh said...

I'm really glad you posted this this morning. It's hard to see other peoples' lives or even read about them on blogs and wonder "why don't have that or that much?" when in essence, i have everything I want and need. Keeping up with the Jones' is no longer our prerogative either.

Oct 3, 2011, 9:41:00 AM  
Anonymous Lucy Garcia Storey said...

Just for the record, you rock. Better yet, you speak MY language. I totally get it and feel you. We have recently undergone MAJOR major changes in our lives. Hubby is starting a new job for the second time in a year, two moves and 1250 miles. We have always had our own business's. Lost it all & starting fresh. It's all good. I'm starting to enjoy a simpler life. People can be heartless and above it. I just smle and move on.

Oct 3, 2011, 1:57:00 PM  
Blogger Mindy said...

I am your newest follower. I found you after you commented on Andrea's post. I couldn't agree more with your comment there and I agree 100% with you on this post. I am envious of others "perfect" lives, but then I realize no one has a perfect life. My life is far from perfect, but I love it...most of the time.

Oct 3, 2011, 6:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a great post! FAMILY and great friends are really the root of all happiness! They are who help shape us and help us to grow. Thanks for these wonderful words:)


Oct 4, 2011, 9:47:00 AM  

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