Why I practice being financially independent despite not FI yet…and why you should too
On the days that I am not working at my 9-5 job, I like to practice being financially independent. Why? Because I think it’s very important to practice this lifestyle that we are trying to achieve.
Therefore, on weekends, I am practicing being financially independent. This also means when I am taking personal time off from work, on holidays, or parental leave, I am practicing being financially independent.
How do I practice being financially independent?
- I spend time with my kids and play with them
- Mrs. T and I work on the yard & vegetable garden
- I do any house upkeep work
- I sit down with Mrs. T and talk about our lives and discuss our dreams
- I spend quality time with Mrs. T when the kids are sleeping
- I look at our travel map and dream about where to go next
(Where Mrs. T and I have been together…a work in progress)
- We go swimming at the local aquatic centre
- I look after the kids so Mrs. T can get some alone time
- I work on my photography business
- We go explore outside
- I think about this blog and write articles
- We travel to another country and explore the country
- We go for road trips
- I wake up without an alarm and have no set schedule for the entire day (in reality, kids are our alarms these days…)
- I read other personal finance/investing blogs
- Mrs. T and I sit down for an extended coffee/tea & chocolate hygge
- I work on our cookbook business
- I play Duplo with Baby T1.0 without worrying what to do next
- I read stories and sing songs to my kids
- Mrs. T and I talk about where we want to travel and make travel plans
- Not checking my phone
- I go out and take pictures
- I sit down and watch a movie with Mrs. T
- We go for a long walk along the beach
- I spend time with my parents and brother
- Read books that I haven’t read
Basically I go through my non-working days as if I am already financially independent. I don’t think about how much money I need to make, I don’t think about how many more years I need to work to become financially independent, and I don’t talk about what financially independent would be like. I am already financially independent.
Why do I practice being financially independent on non-working days?
- It keeps me motivated to work hard toward my goal of being financially free one day. I remind myself the reasons for saving and investing money.
- I get a taste what being financially free is like. This only makes me wanting the real thing.
- I get to decide my own schedule
- The family understands the why’s of financial independence
- Getting a deeper appreciation of how valuable time is
- Learning what creates and brings happiness
- Understand that we don’t have to be financially free to do things that we enjoy. Financially independence is no the end game.
Please excuse me as I go back to practice financially independent, it’s time for me to read Hop on Pop to Baby T1.0.
Dear readers, do you practice being financially independent?