Which way?

I feel that I’m approaching a point in my life where I feel like I need to change direction.   Its just a feeling and I can’t clearly define what that is.

I do understand that to change direction I at least have to slow down or stop in the direction I’m going.

What does it all mean?  I honestly don’t know.   I know it involve change.    Whether in a single facet or across a spectrum, change is coming.

Life without…

I pose to you this simple question: Is your life enriched by a pet?

For myself and family, there has been virtually no days of our collective lives in which a cat has not be a part of.

I can’t express how having a cat in my life makes me feel; though I can assure you the day a cat has left us, it hurts.    Some of the cats were part of our lives for barely a few years, others several years.    Our love of cats led us to become foster carers, where the mutual enrichment was enjoyed by ourselves and the cats we were caring for.

Each and everyone has had such a distinct and unique personality.   They very quickly cease being a pet and become a member of the family.    For the fosters, seeing them leave to go to their forever homes were very emotional times in our house.

You don’t quite realize how much they affect your life, until they aren’t there anymore.

In no particular order here’s to Allana, Anastasia, Sam, George, Harley, Holly, Beth, Jonah, Jenko, Jude, Kira, Molly, Oakley and Shelley.

Things got real

So, I’m in my 40s, been married 15 odd years, have kids and a mortgage.   We still struggle financially from payday to payday.   Its just how it is with no apparent way to change.   Not an unfamiliar story.

Recently I had some time off and visited my parents and it dawned on me that over this past decade they’ve not been on a holiday or any type of trips.    The bottom line is they can’t.  Despite dad working hard, saving hard and paying off the house early; in the end it wasn’t enough to live comfortably in retirement.

I don’t want this for us.   So we have to change now or its going to be too late and then we will be stuck in the same boat.    My wife and I talked at length and then set the wheels in motion.  A serendipitous crossing of paths occurred.   We found someone who could help, who understood our situation and concerns; and genuinely wanted too.    It wasn’t too late to change and make things better.

One month has elapsed and in that time we’ve taken control of our journey to retirement.   Restructuring our financial situation for both short and long terms goals, provisions for the kids future and education.    This past weekend we secured our very first investment property; something that we’d always wanted but thought we would never ever achieve.

Now we have options.

Looking ahead at those sunset years now has a new perspective, cause the sun isn’t setting anymore, its just on the rise to a bright and sunny retirement.

Only you can enact change, you have to want it and embrace it.