My beautiful wife was awoken by my 4 y/o this morning all full of wonder with a million things racing through his mind… He started rattling them off before he was even half awake!
Mommy, can you imagine… if you had this egg, where you could put stuff in?
Can you imagine, mommy… if you had a glass that was half red and half white?!
Can you imagine… if the iPad had a RAINBOW on it!!!!
It was “imagine this” and “imagine that” for 15 minutes straight and had us both cracking up :) Just so typical of kids, right? Sharing their ideas out loud without fear of retribution or sounding ridiculous? I halfway wanted to chime in and turn it against him with a “Son, can you imagine… if you actually ate ALL your food this morning and then didn’t watch a second of TV today??” or “Can you imagine… if you played nicely with your brother all day long and then both of you took a nap without complaining?” haha, but I didn’t have the heart to kill his mojo.
The truth is though, this dreaming is SO GOOD for us – especially as we get older – and the asking of questions even more so. How many of us will dream up all kinds of good stuff and then promptly forget about it a second later? What if we took an extra 15 minutes and sketched out a (really) rough game plan to see if it was actually do-able? Or how many of us don’t even dream at all and totally forgot we even had that power??
Most of us here are probably better at this than others, especially in the finance department (what right person would be on a blog about money if they weren’t dreamers?) but let’s just pretend you’re all boring people and need some good imagining…
Here are some pretty epic dreams you can shoot for, channeling my inner 4 y/o:
Readers, can you imagine… if you actually had no more credit card debt??
Can you imagine, readers… if you paired down your spending and saved 50% of your income?
Can you imagine… if you worked a job you loved instead of a job you were forced to love?
Readers… can you imagine if you kept reading this blog, and then in 10 years you hit financial freedom and could do whatever you want for the rest of your life forever and ever?
The opportunities are endless, especially if you follow that last part there ;) And I know dreaming gets a bad rap sometimes since nothing was ever accomplished by just thinking (even trying to win the lottery requires going out and buying a ticket!), but most of us here are able to ramp up the hustle if it’s something we truly want enough. We just can’t stop imagining a better life as we get older and older! We gotta work harder at it than those freeloader kids! ;)
I’ll be doing some good dreaming of my own next week as we hit our annual family beach vacay, speaking of freeloading… (my parents get a house for us every year!). I love it because I suck at taking vacations but never miss these and use it as a time to charge up the ol’ goal setting even more so than on New Years (remember NY resolutions???).
Then my siblings and I get together and compare and try to hold each other accountable more. Which is also an important piece to making stuff happen! Having someone to report to and help pump you up along the journey! Something I really hope this blog does as well as it’s supposed to vs. me just rambling every day :)
So keep dreaming, guys! And then ask all the questions you can so it gets closer to becoming reality. You can always reach me here in the comments below, and then some day real soon I hope to have an even better way for all of us to chat and share ideas around. So look for that shortly as well.
In the meantime, have a great weekend y’all and still be sure to check out the blog all week as we’ve got a handful of great guest posts lined up… If anyone’s near Rehoboth Beach, lemme know!
PS: Here are some of the past goals that’ve come out of these beach trips over the years… If you can document them it’s even better because then you can always go back and see how far you’ve come! Not unlike tracking your money!
- 2010: Become a full-time blogger (success!)
- 2011: Be a full-time blogger *AND* save money at the same time instead of breaking even all the time… (Success to savings, not so much success to having a life)
- 2012: Get my wife pregnant again (failed, until the next year!), only work on BudgetsAreSexy and one other project (major fail, though 4 years later we’re now there :)), and then move to one new area. (Success! x2!)
- 2013: To find “my next dream and cut out the crap.” (Mostly successful, but my dreams continue to evolve… I tried to launch a local website that year that bombed, and then ended up turning it into Rockstar Finance which has since been flourishing… so even fails can turn into wins later!)
- 2014: QUIT WORKING 12 HOUR DAYS!!! (Failed for that year and the year after, but we’ve finally cut them out here in 2016 though now it’s figuring out how to still get the work done! ;))
- 2015: It looks like all I did was dream about mansions and mobile homes – d’oh
[Photo cred: Gordon Robertson]
Jay loves talking about money, collecting coins, blasting hip-hop, and hanging out with his three beautiful boys. You can check out all of his online projects at jmoney.biz. Thanks for reading the blog!