Being healthy, being generous, consuming less and experiencing more, and achieving financial independence. Those are my goals. That is what tortoise happy means to me.
Financial independence takes a huge amount of planning and will power. On the one hand, it could be easy to focus on money and lose sight of what is important.
On the other, by constantly assessing what you value, financial strength can make you become more generous and mean you’re better able to help.
Here are some great articles that show how being generous doesn’t have to affect your financial goals. They inspired me, hopefully they’ll inspire you too:
Check this post out over at Montana Money Adventure, I think it has to be my favourite. We have a monthly budget for giving to charity but Ms Montana’s ‘Giving Fund’ is so much more flexible, responsive and personal.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to be generous. This is a list of random acts of kindness from froogalism, and most of these won’t cost you a penny. Now, I’m not sure I can agree that all of these count- No 16 (holding a door open) is just good manners as far as I’m concerned, but I love No 24 and the most powerful No 56 (you’ll need to check them out to see what they are!)
This is such an incredible example from Our Next Life of how they deliberately delayed financial independence by 6 months to help a family member in such an inspiring way. They made a financial decision that wouldn’t normally make sense, because they could. Wouldn’t you love to be able to do that too?
A question that I’m sure a lot of people wrestle with. Help people now, or achieve debt freedom sooner so that you have more available to give? I really love how this question is answered by Hope and Cents.
There are lots of articles about how to teach children the value of money (as there should be) but I love this article from Loving Little$ about teaching children compassion for others and generosity.
How and when to be generous are down to personal choice. I guess if you’re reading this, generosity and giving is important to you. I know I couldn’t celebrate my eventual Financial Independence if I hadn’t been generous to those who need it along the way.
I’m sure there are loads of articles out there- old and new- that inspire generosity. If you know about one, let me know in the comments below.