When Brent first came to me with the idea of moving to Haida Gwaii the thought of leaving everything I've worked so hard to build almost upset me. So we started out with a five year plan, allowing me the space I needed to get used to the idea. Plans however did what plans usually do, and change. Leaving me getting used to the idea of dropping everything and running away much quicker than I had originally anticipated.
Being the type of person that needs to be prepared and have a plan I got right to work getting ready to make these drastic changes. It started to become very obvious that developing a more frugal, and minimal lifestyle, was going to a be cornerstone to any type of our success.
As you know we’ve been gearing up over here at The Bird House to make some big changes to our lifestyle. Working towards creating a simpler, lower stress, way of being sounds like it should be an easy task, but it’s actually a little trickier than you may think. You never quite realize it until you take everything away just how much you think you need, that you actually don’t.
Many of you know we’re saving like crazy for the move to Haida Gwaii. This means not one penny can go astray. You may be wondering how your money can seemingly disappear without you, but after examining the credit card bills, and bank statements, it was easy to find the trail of wandering dollars. The first thing I noticed was all the charges I put on my credit cards from my phone. One song cost $0.99, apps are usually about the same. It was amazing to see how fast those add up even if you only buy a few a month.
I can’t believe how hard this concept has been for me to put in writing. There is so much taboo around spending money or not spending money, that I’ve had a hard time knowing where to start, and what is too personal to share.
Finances are an incredibly personal, and delicate matter. Everybody has a financial situation whether that be a good one, or a bad one. With that said, I have not the experience nor the education to help anyone correct a poor financial situation, but I do have the inspiration to share some of my recent observations in the adventure to shape our own financial future.
Hi, I'm Cyndi Bird