Let’s Talk Surviving VS Thriving

Sorry I’ve been gone for a bit. It’s been crazy since December…well, since last March actually. On Christmas Eve we were woken up at 6am to fire trucks. The apartment above us had caught fire. We had to move to a new apartment in the same building in 3 days. It was rough packing up and walking everything over to the new unit in such a short time. It also wasn’t the cozy, relaxing Christmas I had planned.

Fast forward to now, it’s just been a whirlwind.

I had a pause in taking my bipolar meds due to a debit card problem so that was hard, but I’m back on track and feeling good. I really wish medical care was better and more affordable in the United States. But it is what it is. Just dreaming of retiring to Ireland but I’m not even 50 yet so yeah…not yet.

We are just trying to get our shit together so we can leave Colorado and move to Missoula, MT. Then I see on Instagram last week that the cost of housing is rising there, so that MIGHT change. I just wish there was someplace in this country where anyone, except rich people, could afford to live. Not just live…THRIVE. But for most people in the US, we are all just surviving. We need to change SURVIVE to THRIVE.

I have a unique perspective as a 70’s baby. I remember a time when (commonly) one person worked and could support an entire family and even have a real house. You can’t do that these days. The cost of living is rising astronomically while the wages slowed to a crawl in the 80’s. The wealth failed to trickle down because the rich are money hoarders.

The only way to beat them at their game is to become self-sufficient and learn to live on less. Provide as much as you can for your household so we are not throwing our money at billionaires. Sew your own clothes, knit items for your home and family, grow a garden to lessen your food bills, can and preserve your abundant harvest, start a home business. Live within your means, and for the love of all that is holy, cut back on Amazon purchases. Jeff Bezos’ needs your money a lot less than you do.

Hey, I understand the pull. We’ve also fallen into the Throw Your Money at Amazon challenge the whole pandemic. But it needs to stop. We have to stop feeding the machine. We let corporations and the rich control too much of our lives and our bank accounts.

I’ll get off my soapbox for now. I hope you are all well and see you soon!

Love, Catherine

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