Today I’m guest posting on Money Saving Mom with 3 Pieces of Advice I Wish I Could Give my 23 year old self. I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. This year marked my 20th year in Philadelphia and I find myself reflecting on that time and the years since. Not in a way where I have regretted choices, but more in a curious way of asking myself, “how did I/we get here?”
I am making choices this year to intentionally simplify my life and the life of our family. As I’ve been decluttering, the questions that consistently come up are:
“Why do we have this?”
“Can we get rid of this?”
While I am glad for the changes we are implementing as a family now, I can’t help but wonder, what if we had made these changes a long time ago? What if we had agreed on a different paradigm when we merged our lives and set our course from there?
My husband and I were pretty intentional about some things when we got engaged, but we were much more relaxed about most things in our life together. We took things as they came versus being very proactive and purposeful.
I’ve shared before that I tend to lean towards the “woulda, coulda, shouldas” in life. That’s not what these reflections are about. It is not about regret. It is recognizing that those who are starting out might be able to use these bits of wisdom from someone further down the road. There is some truth to the saying that with age comes wisdom. I’m not sure if it’s the aging process or the benefit of hindsight, probably a little of both.
This is the first of two guest posts I’ll be sharing in the next month about my reflections. This first one, 3 Pieces of Advice for my 23-year-old Self, is very practical. Let me know what you think! I’d love to know what you would tell your younger self!