I am not going to lie, I have a lot of stuff and some of it is pretty nice, top quality, brand names, expensive and et cetera. Since being a teenager to my mid 30s, I tried my best to keep up with the Jones, or at least try to appear that I was keeping up. I mentioned in one of my blogs while at Harrods in London contemplating putting a black quilted Chanel bag on my Visa and that was in my late 30s! I still have my moments. I like nice “stuff”; lots of us do, but my values have been changing a lot over the past decade, and as I comfortably embrace my 40s, the things I cherish the most are priceless yet free. 

Practicing gratitude is also free and allows you to feel opulently wealthy as you focus in on the “stuff” which you cannot attach a price tag to. 

 This blog is dedicated to all of those who may be feeling burdened by debt, or just not having the ability to purchase basic wants like an un-fancy car or a new outfit for the fall. We all have our days when we feel like life has handed us a “poo croque monsieur”.   

Here is my top five list of what no one can put a price on:

1.  Health:

My health includes both mental and physical. I have a new found love for my ability to simply walk; many don’t have this luxury in life. I am generally happy and mentally stable. I am able to have a career & fully participate in society. 

2.  Family:

My family is by no means perfect, but we have a lot of love, and when times get tough we are there for each other. I am so incredibly blessed to still have my parents who are both turning 80 this year. 

 3.  My Cats:

I guess having to feed them, buy them toys and obtain frequent litter purchase points does cost me, but the love & laughter these two provide me with is priceless. They are my fur babies, and part of my own wee family.  I must include a pic of my former roomie’s cat Izzie too!

 4.  My Friends:

What can I say, my closest friends are also like family to me. Some know my darkest secrets, have seen the worst of me, but for some strange reason still love me. I am tremendously blessed to have these girls and boys in my life.   

 5.  My Love:

The fact this guy can put up with my mood swings and still want to spend time with me blows my mind. He has become my best friend and provides solid ground beneath my feet when everything seems to be breaking down around me. He can talk me off the edge of a cliff and I always go to him when I need a good dose of logic. He is pretty great…

I cannot place a price on any of my top five; and I thank God every day for all of them. Living in Canada is a huge blessing too (especially when looking at the upcoming election in the US – ha ha ha). Being able to see the Atlantic Ocean from my tiny apartment, to me I may as well be living in a mansion. Having a park to walk through along the ocean front is priceless. The sunshine breaking through after a downpour of rain, no one can put a price on a warm kiss from the sun. Life isn’t about how much you have, but it is about time and how you spend it. Spend your time wisely, and use your money to buy memories, not stuff. 

Peace & love – Rachel

Published by You Know Jacques!

Living in beautiful Nova Scotia. Blogging about everything under the sun from social injustices, minimalism & the corruption of over consumerism, traveling the world & experiencing different cultures, mental health issues, diet, dating, book/restaurant/product reviews and social issues. I hope to encourage and inspire being authentic as I can be. I hope you enjoy what I have to share and please feel free to drop me a line.

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