First and foremost, welcome to my neck of the (inter)woods
Please accept the sincerest of “thank yous” I have for you, gentle reader. In a universe of (almost) infinite virtual destinations, the fact that you made your way here and have gotten this far has not been lost on me. I appreciate and value your time, as I do mine, so I hope you enjoy Lighter Years Ahead!
What’s with the title? Why Lighter Years Ahead?
Although somewhat accustomed to it, I realize that I have accumulated a lot of baggage in my 41 years. This baggage comes in many forms, such as living with poor financial decisions, lack of proper health and wellness, having too much stuff at home, being overweight, suffering from anxiety and depression, procrastination, over-consumption (both in diet and in lifestyle), poor habits, and the list goes on and on. It is through letting go of this baggage that I will lighten the load that I carry with me in life. But I know that dropping the baggage and breaking the habits will not be easy.
Ultimately, I have consciously chosen to pursue happiness
This may be an obvious choice to some, but I can truthfully say that this sentiment hasn’t always been front and centre in my mind. There have been many moments, days and even years where I have simply been going through the motion and just tried to get by. Many a rose has not been smelled and many an opportunity to be awed and inspired by the world and the people in it has passed me by. Time has been lost – time that I am working towards earning back through pursuing financial independence, outstanding health and wellness, inner peace and happiness.
Since I am in this journey for the long haul, there is hope
It is abundantly clear to me that life becomes immensely more enjoyable and exciting by travelling light and letting go of the baggage that weighs on us, which is often hiding in plain sight. Equal parts, diary, confessional, celebration, creative outlet, therapy, and place to share my successes and failures, Lighter Years Ahead is a chronicle of letting my baggage go and becoming the person I want to be.
I invite you to follow along with my journey
Although I am sharing my progress towards financial independence, outstanding health and wellness, happiness, and the reclamation of time, please know that I am not trying to pass my journey off as a road map for you, dear reader. I believe that everyone needs to find their own way and discover what works for them to achieve their goals. However, if in reading about my attempts, struggles and triumphs you get inspired to make positive changes in your life, I would be truly honoured.
I encourage you to share your experiences
Your thoughts, positive or otherwise, are always welcome on Lighter Years Ahead. Please post any time you are inspired to do so. My only request is for you to keep comments respectful, even dissenting ones, so that all feel welcome to share a bit of themselves here.