In the summer of 2014, serious illness became part of our reality – ‘our’ being my husband and myself. Two years later, the illness remains in abeyance, and we are enjoying life – but a much simpler life, as we both chose to take early retirement, a move which reduced our income by nearly 60%.
To be clear, we are not poor. We simply have less money than we did, but our gross income is still slightly greater than the median income for a couple in Canada. We have no children to consider, either. But nonetheless, this is a change, and one that requires consideration of how we spend our money: what is necessary, what is important, what isn’t.
This blog’s purpose is to reflect on that change, record the challenges, and possibly offer ideas and inspiration to others. But of course, what matters to us may not be what matters to you. If you are reading it, and it has helped or inspired you in some way, please leave a comment.
Marian L. Thorpe is a writer, birder, and artist from Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Author of the young adult novel Empire’s Daughter and an urban fantasy chapbook Spinnings, Two Simple Lives is one of three blogs she writes: her writer & reviewer’s blog is at marianlthorpe.com, and her memoirs of forty years of world birding can be found at All the Birds of My Life.