With everything going on in the world today, we are told that we all are going to have to settle for a "new normal." When I started to think about the "new normal," I asked myself if in fact that was a bad thing. Sure I am certainly not any happier than anyone else trying to keep my 401k from becoming a 101k, but other than my having to rethink my investment strategy, maybe the "new normal" is the wake-up call I needed to get a different perspective on life.
Knowing that I could never be sure when the right time would be to walk away from my full time job, I found myself at a major crossroad and knew I had to make a decision, right or wrong, so, I chose to slow my life down, to literally and figuratively, stop and smell the roses, which by the way I also enjoyed planting! Choosing to make this choice at a younger age than I had orginally planned undoubtedly will require me to be a bit more frugal, but I realize that having a "quality of life" is not about having stuff, it's about experiences , and spending time with people and pets that matter to you.
With a cup of coffee in hand and Dixie (my rescue Jack Russell) on a leash, I head out for a stroll to greet the sunrise! You can hear a pin drop.--no cars and no light pollution (no traffic lights). I am captivated by the tall blades of grass swaying gracefully in the warm breeze. Dixie must be as well, because she couldn't wait to trot through the tall grass. On our way back to the house we head to the vegetable garden to see what veggies and herbs could make the day's menu. My "new normal", what is there to complain about?!