Today, I talked to my best friend. I had been wondering if I was taking this simplification thing a little too far. I am now reassured that there really is no such thing as “too far” when it comes to making one’s life manageable.

We’ve had a wretched winter here in Michigan. That’s no secret. My friend and her husband went to the Rose Bowl and cheered on the Spartans, which was not that long after an ice storm. It cost real money. They’ve had three vehicles repaired in the past month. One of their pets had surgery. The list goes on. The point: $17k in credit card debt.

My friend can afford this. I would not be able to. I cannot imagine paying for the insurance, repairs, and gas on three vehicles. Going to the Rose Bowl may have been fun, but she talked about how going to beautiful, sunny Pasadena made it so much harder to come back to Michigan’s crappy weather. The last thing I need is to have being here to become even harder. She has high-class problems that I cannot afford.

What do I want? To pay off my student loans before I am eligible for Social Security.

How am I going to do it? I’ll start by never having three cars to maintain.


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About cdhoagpurple

I have an MBA, am married to a GM/UAW retiree with Huntington's Disease. I am more Buddhist than Christian. I plan on moving to Virginia when widowed. I have a friend''s parents that live down there and another friend living in Maryland. I am simplifying my life in preparation for the eventual move.Eight years ago, my husband had stage 4 cancer. I am truly "neither here nor there." My identity shifts and I am always surprised where I end up. 2015 was my hardest year ever. This is my Dark Night of the Soul. Welcome to it.

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