Monday, December 3, 2012
We Want Less Money
I guess we are a bit strange, because you don't hear that everyday! But Nath and I have been talking a lot lately about our goals and values, and what we want our lives and our children's lives to look like, and what our passions are, and what we would love to be doing with our lives if money and work wasn't a restricting factor.
We feel that the balance is wrong. Nath works five days a week, and is at home for two. I'm sure that to his line managers it may seem like sometimes life gets in the way of his work, but, to us, it sure feels like work gets in the way of our lives! Nath would love to be at home more, spending his days with the kids, in the garden, in the community. We don't want to be hermits. Far from it. We want to have the freedom to do things in our community that feed our souls, and other people's souls, and contribute to life in our area. It's very hard to do all of these things when you only have two days of 'free time'.
We also want to get to the point where we are growing, hunting for, foraging for or bartering most of our food. This would obviously mean that Nath wouldn't HAVE to work as much, but, to get there, one of the biggest resources we need is our time. It takes time to turn half an acre's worth of garden beds into food-producing spaces. It takes time to create new garden beds, and to plant, water, harvest, repeat. It takes time to develop hard gravelly clay into rich, fertile soil. It takes time to build chicken pens, sheds, repair things, make changes to things and learn the skills we will need to keep doing this. It takes time to meet local people, find like-minded neighbours, develop bartering/trading relationships, find places to hunt on, or forage for bush foods. These are all things we are squeezing into our weeks, sometimes to the detriment of family time.
So, our goal is to get to the point where we don't rely on most of our income. We are working towards reducing our outgoings to the bare minimum, so that, at some point, it will be completely viable for Nath to only work two days, three days max, per week. Obviously, we will need some income, and I don't plan on going back to work, but we are doing lots of thinking and talking around what Nath's 'work' (outside of the home) may look like over the next few years.
I'm pretty sure most of my readers are family (hi, family!), and we are raising up your little ones too. So we would love to hear your thoughts on this. Even if you are not family, drop us a line and tell us what you think. Is our plan doable, or totally insane? (Insane is ok.... sometimes I think we are at our best doing things that most people think are insane...) Do you have similar dreams? How is your work/home balance?