I read a lot of my fellow bloggers stuff. Some, I read because I love how they write (frugalwoods), some, I read because I love how they think (OurNextLife), some I read because they are irreverent (BitchesGetRitches), and some, because they have such great hacks.
Many of the hacks are to help people save time. Because these bloggers have to fit a lot into each day. They often have full time + jobs and families and successful, money making, blogs. I run a money losing blog and it still takes a lot of time. I can’t even imagine how much time is devoted to a money making blog–oh the pinterest pins, the facebook groups, the tweeting that is necessary . . . it’s so daunting, I haven’t even attempted it.
And, I have to admit, when I read about hacks to save time, I kind of giggle inside. I’m still celebrating that I don’t need to be so damn efficient.
I’ve created a life for myself that has a ton of inefficiency built into it . . . because I can.
This came to light not long ago when I was making my salad for lunch. Mr. Ms. Liz asked why I made a salad every day. Why didn’t I make multiple salads at a time?
When I worked, I’d make two or three salads at a time so I could grab and go. Busy, busy, busy, worky, worky, worky.
But now, I listen to a podcast and joyfully create a salad each day. Because I can.
Then Mr. Ms. Liz and I eat our lunches whilst watching The Price is Right. My, now, not so secret addiction–oh and I do shout out the prices of things and who doesn’t love Drew?
And if something comes up, like it did this week, when my fake kids needed help watching their toddler (my fake grand), I can easily fit that in. Because this lovely, inefficient life can accommodate the unexpected.
But this life was built on decades of maximizing efficiency so I could work (at times, a lot), and keep a home in order, and prepare food, and keep an eye on my spending and investments, and make time to play with Mr. and our friends, and parcel out some down time for myself.
Because I’m happiest when I have a lot of down time.
So I’m thankful for those efficient years. And especially for the time I devoted to keeping an eye on my spending and my investments. Because that time bought me this lovely, inefficient life.
What are you doing today to create your lovely, future life?
Photo credit: Ms. Liz in Moab, Utah