Thursday, 4 December 2008
Hi, I'm Laura from Move to Portugal.
Sharon recently wrote a post about Fear of Failure and I left a comment quoting something that I had once read, which has always held true to me, 'I have no fear of failure, only a fear of not trying'.
This is quite an apt quote for us considering the journey we are on.
When we first started out on our mission to pay off the mortgage and move to Portugal we didn't tell anyone, we thought that friends and family would think we lived in a dream world, so we decided to keep quiet. As time has gone on we've slowly let people in on the secret and nearly everyone has the same reaction, it's impossible, you'll never afford it.
I never quite know how to react to this. It's hard to talk to people about how living frugally, having a 'less is more attitude' and not wanting to own the biggest house on the block, means that you can achieve your dreams. It's hard to get people to realise that once you stop living a consumer lifestyle then life becomes so much easier. This is something you have to realise yourself.
My philosophy is to aim high, if you don't quite make it to the top then at least you might land somewhere near it.
Recommended reading: Your Money or Your Life by Joe Dominquez and Vicki Robin.
Image Credit: Portugese Eyes