By getting serious, I don’t mean buying one less takeaway meal per week. Then keeping that money. And spending it on drinks at the weekend.
I mean REALLY.SERIOUS.CHANGES. Because I am in some REALLY.SERIOUS.DEBT
The way I figured it was; change fell into 2 categories:
- Lifestyle changes
- Attitude changes.
The biggest lifestyle change I have made is moving back home with my parents. When I arrived back in Australia after my trip, like I said, I was BROKE. The immediate option was for me to stay with my parents for awhile until I figured out my next step. When I realised my next step HAD to be tackling my debt, becoming debt free by the end of 2013, I knew it made financial sense for me to stay with my folks For a year or until I had finally kicked debts ass.
Living with my folks meant being in a new state where I don’t know anyone (I have never lived here) and an epic commute – yep 2 hours EACH WAY- to get to work. But in this case the end justifies the means – because the end will be me being fabulously debt free quicker. And the sooner Im not sending half of every pay check my financial institute buddies – ANZ, CITI BANK and Commonwealth Bank – the better.
But wait – Im getting this little story out of order.
Before I could actually action and commit to my lifestyle change (not just think “hmmmm this is what I should do…maybe next year….” ) I needed an attitude change.
My attitude towards debt changed when I realised I was in deep enough that if it wasn’t addressed it would seriously hinder my goal to travel. I want to spend my 30’s travelling the world. And not within the corporate world’s 4 weeks yearly allowance , I want to bounce around the globe for however long and roam however far I please. The huge attraction of travelling for me is the sense of freedom. Freedom from the daily grind, freedom to explore, freedom to have and live each day as your own. Unfortunately, dragging around a Big Pile Of Crappy Debt kinda rains on freedom’s parade.
I realized that Financial Freedom is a far nicer and more flexible travelling companion.
And once I made the connection that being debt free would positively impact my long term travel goals – my attitude changed. I am ready to grab hold of the debt and pay every cent off. I understand that it means taking a year out and prioritising it above everything else. Ive accepted I won’t be doing anything super duper fabulous and exciting in terms of travelling this year.
But you know what, just quietly, I think being debt free will be pretty freakin fabulous.
ps – Keeping my travel memories at the front of my mind (and below!) always an excellent motivation 🙂