I have a mustache. No, not that kind. I’m a mustachian, meaning I subscribe to the philosophy of Mr. Money Mustache. Which is this: save a huge portion of your income (50% or more if you’re a badass!) invest that money wisely, and then retire early while living a humble but fulfilling life doing whatever you love to do.
I came upon his blog 6 months ago when I was finally ready to make radical changes. I was already disillusioned by the fast-paced, materialistic lifestyle that is considered “normal” in southern California (hence this post). I had already decluttered my house and my schedule pretty drastically. I had already come to embrace my highly sensitive nature, and the idea that taking care of myself meant saying no to many things- obligations, social media, mindless consumption, etc. This led me to the question- what do I want to say YES to?
My answers: family time, deep (face-to-face) friendships, my Christian faith, nature and healing, peace and quiet, .
Mr. Money Mustache’s blog has inspired me to make design my life around these YES’s. If my family can get off the rat wheel, be freed of the bottomless pit of consumerism, allow our money to work hard for us, then we are truly free to design the lifestyle we want (and need). It’s like hippie meets savvy investor. This mustache suits me well.
So here is our dream… In 3 years, you will find me on a 5 acre plot of land living in a small guest home (or tiny home or yurt- TBD) while building our dream home. Joe will take a 2 year sabbatical to build our straw bale house, but we will all help, including the kids, because it will be the world’s coolest homeschool project. We will grow much of our own food, raise chickens, the whole deal. After that 2 years of building, Joe will either work a computer IT job remotely from the comfort of our homestead, or start a completely new career doing one of the many things he’s amazing at (too many to list.). Of course, there are many steps in between. You can read this Mr. Money Mustache post for the basic steps we’re taking.
My message to HSPs who feel trapped by a certain lifestyle, who long for a simpler life that engages all 5 senses without bombarding them, maybe it’s time to dream big and jump off the wheel.