The other day I had the opportunity to visit a congress on the possibilities of a ‘circular economy’. I have to admit that I didn’t have the slightest clue of what a circular economy was, but it was the only workshop still open for participants. Honesty is the best policy.
Let me tell you: it was a treat for everyone interested in personal finance and saving the world.
For those of you as clueless as I was: it’s actually rather self-explanatory. In a circular economy products, buildings and appliances are fabricated without exploiting our natural resources any more and by producing as little waste as possible. It’s based on recycling and refurbishing, and for some reason I think it’s incredibly sexy.
When I first started reading personal finance blogs, I noticed a clear pattern of habits that financially smart people have.
It’s bringing your own coffee on a trip and your own lunch to work.
It’s recycling stuff rather than buying new products.
It’s growing your own produce rather than buying it in the supermarket.
It’s cycling rather than driving a car.
It’s being conscious about the environment and your consumer behaviour.
When I noticed this pattern I instantly realized: I know these people in my life. I already thought they were savvy and at times even funny (when collecting stuff out of a dumpster for example), but never suspected that becoming financially independent had anything to do with it.
As I first started writing this blog, my intention was ‘just’ to join the personal finance blogging party, to share our story about how we accumulated debt, and even more so our story about how we intend to pay that off.
That’s exactly what I’ve been doing so far and I enjoyed every minute of it.
But as it turns out, personal finance is not just about money. Everyone with half a brain knows that, and even I came to that conclusion along the way.
If the secret to being happy is to learn how to appreciate the small things, then I’ve got something for you. How about being happy with absolutely nothing? As in: zero?
Truth of the matter is, zero in this case doesn’t mean nothing at all. It’s a major milestone for us, and one I never dreamed of achieving at this point. As from last week, our net worth is estimated at zero rather than tens of thousands in the negative. So it’s a zero that means the world to me.