Friday, July 15th, 2011
Last Tuesday on July 5th, my wife and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary… at Panera Bread in the neighboring town of Rome, Georgia. While we typically take a weekend trip to a bed-and-breakfast for our anniversary, this year had to be different. And not just because we have an infant now, but because we’re in the midset of restarting our lives again as we prepare to move back to Nashville.
Needless to say, if we’re moving because we just couldn’t come close to making it financially here in Alabama, which is precisely why we are moving back,then we didn’t have the money or mental capacity to enjoy a relaxing weekend getaway trip this time.
The flowers I gave my wife this year were picked from our backyard. While they may seem like the cheapest flowers I’ve ever given her, they were actually the most expensive. I could have only obtained these flowers by us moving away from our financially secure life in Nashville and exhausting almost all of the savings we moved down here with. So yeah, they weren’t cheap flowers.
But at this point it’s about proactively moving forward; not getting stuck in the damning mind game of “if only we would have known…”. My motivational life slogan right now is, “I’ve got nothing to lose; everything to gain back… and more.” We’ve never had a better advantage in life than we do right now, based on what we’ve learned by moving away from Nashville.
You can imagine that if our anniversary dinner was a sandwich and salad combo at Panera Bread, that we know now more than ever, how to appreciate living on little. So as we re-enter a lifestyle where our combined income will be well over double what it has been for the past several months, we will maintain our current 1930’s Depression Era mindset from now on.
Yes, this has been our version of The Depression that our grandparents experienced. We are forever changed by it. More income for us will simply mean more money wisely managed. It’s been a baptism by fire; no doubt.
So as for next year for our fourth wedding anniversary, I plan on the two of us being able to go away to a bed-and-breakfast again, in a quirky town where we can enjoy a few nice meals. I will buy her really nice flowers, too. But still, this will all take place as frugally as possible, without compromising the enjoyment of it.
We’ve got nothing to lose; everything to gain back… and more.