I kept having the thought, “I do not want to make a million dollars.” I know this probably sounds so foreign. I would love for someone to give me a million dollars. I have a lot of fun ways I could think of how to spend it. However, the thought of making a million dollars was really stressing me out. I felt like it would just be all of this money, and I’d have to figure out how to spend it wisely. Just another thing I have to do!
As I talked to my hubby about it, he shared his thought about money, “I never really worry about how much money is in my bank account. I just buy what I need, and a couple of things I want, and there’s always enough and leftover.” I can attest to this! I have always been a strict budgeter. It was almost a competition to me to see how close I could stick to my budget, and then buy myself a treat with anything leftover. However, it was stressful.
When we got married, we had two accounts where we each got a certain amount of money each month that we could spend on whatever we wanted. You know what? He always stayed under budget. ALWAYS. Here I was stressing, feeling like there was never enough money, and he seemed to have everything he wanted without any stress, and lots of money leftover.
Finally, I gave in. We stopped keeping track of each penny. My stress level over money went way down. Until I felt like we were overspending, or we’d get a certain amount of money in our account and I’d have this itch to spend it on something.
After having this conversation with Steve, I felt so much peace with his philosophy on money. We could have a $40,000 salary or a million dollars, and we could still just buy what we need (including taking care of our future), a couple of things we want, and then donate money to help others. I think this really can apply to any income. You hear stories of people donating money to others in need, when they themselves seem to be in need. It’s all in the way you think about it.
What do you think? Do you think it’s possible to have an abundance mindset no matter how much money you make?