Last week, I went hiking yet again in Wales. I look forward to it for months (we're fortunate enough to be able to visit twice each year!) and it's usually over too soon. This time, however, I was ready to come home - a combination of my impending move, poor health, and too much time spent with my parents with no TV/wifi/radio for distraction.
The week did solidify my goals though. I was determined to hike some mountains (the doctor told tell me I shouldn't be alive and functioning, but I wasn't going to let that stop me), and now I'm determined about my future. Namely: that I want to save save SAVE for early retirement, so I can escape to the solitude of the valleys someday.
I make a bit of a joke of it, and I'm not serious enough yet to have a savings plan or to be investing or have a figure in mind, but I know that ultimately I want that to be my goal. Even if I don't manage an early retirement, choosing where I live and having the financial resources to be able to do what I want would be a great privilege.
So. I still haven't shaken the frugal bug, and I might have put the No Spend Challenge at a distance, but personal finance still takes up a big chunk of my thinking time.
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I hope you've also had a great week! Blogging is going to be taking even more of a back seat for a while; I'm still plodding through life stuff and it'll be a while until I'm back into the swing of things. Until then, please remember to speak and think kind words, to yourself and to others~