I haven't quit my job yet, but I'm working on changing my mindset from buying whatever I want when I want it... to , well... NOT! ( Thus the title of this entry ) Maybe "shackled" is a bit extreme, but for someone who has spent unwisely for years... it's a very limiting feeling to THINK about making a purchase and in many cases... to forgo the purchase altogether.
Now I will grant you that when you hear a couple of the examples of what I've NOT bought, you may think I'm a nut... ( a spoon rest for the galley stove, a sponge holder for the galley sink) OK, maybe I AM a nut! But I'm working on it! I reminded myself that although I still have inches of lovely waterline to sink... I need to be sure that the things I do bring onto the boat are things we really need or at least things that will make a quantifiable difference in our quality of life.
Understand that I have chosen this path willingly and embrace it fully, it's still going to take a lot of adjustment, both physical and mental. But for just a moment, when I was deciding not to buy those things (and a whole list of others), maybe I was seeing that as a negative. (But I WANT a spoon rest...) Thankfully, I was reminded by a Cruising Blogger that I follow... of something I had read years ago and have often related to others.
Here is a link to the blog entry that has my mind back on track again. Sometimes it's good to hear your own advice coming back at you from someone else... Thanks! Mid-Life Cruising!