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Making ends meet requires commitment, patience, and focus. One of the ways I like to make ends meet is by enjoying my home. I like to clean my home till it sparkles. Sometimes, I buy myself a small bouquet of fresh flowers after cleaning. I love playing music that lends itself to quiet reflection. Recently I bought some pretty chimes for the front and back of my town home. When the wind blows softly, the chimes are a welcome addition to my garden. I also open my windows often to hear the birds chirping.
I have given up chasing after wordly goods to feel happy. I prefer joy nowadays. Joy is longlasting. Happiness is temporary. I love reading a book in the afternoon when the rest of the world is running around crazy. My two dogs think so, too.
Home is where my heart is. It's not "out there," anymore. So, let's talk about our joyful abodes. Making ends meet can be a joyful experience. Who needs all that extra stuff anyway!
Wife and I have practiced frugality all our lives (which allowed us to retire early and well). Ww purchased a house on some acreage, 30+ years ago, for the idea that we would be able to enjoy the yard (growing fruit and veges). The house is small, needed work, but was actually less than we could afford which was the best thing we ever did for ourselves financially.
We have enjoyed all the hours of work in the yard to make it a little 'getaway' even though we're surrounded by city.
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