What is wealth to you?
For most of the frugal and seekers of financial independence it means having more time to spend enjoying life. Whether that is traveling or spending time with your family you have that choice. Both my parents worked until they died (father) or retired (mom). The time they spent with us kids was precious and my mom always says her happiest days in her life were raising us kids.
The problem I have is I also enjoy time with my family but between working for the man and the responsibilities of being a parent I find little time to spend having fun with kids. With that in mind I guard my time wisely at work so that I don't have to bring it home while still doing a good job. I also constantly look for ways to save more money at home to invest while not compromising our current standards of living.
Everyone values things differently. For me wealth is time and who I spend that time with. How do I increase that wealth? Save as much as I can and invest it in dividend growth stocks purchased at attractive values.
Family is Wealth
This will become even more important when my next child arrives later this summer. That is right, the DFG is growing again! This addition to my wealth has caused me to drive even harder at reaching my FI goal. The joy I experience when I come home and my kids rush to greet me is something I want to have more of. The joy and happiness they bring into my life is way better than sitting in a political storm at work day after day and not accomplishing much.
Sure changing diapers for 15 years isn't the most fun thing or cleaning up puke from yourself and the floor. Buy hey you do crazy things for love. I certainly would not do that at work. Would you?
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PS this is not an April Fool's joke for you jokesters out there :-). I really will have 2 boys and 3 girls come August.