With millions of regular Americans out of work and millions more soon to be, now is the time for a change of mind in how you see things, how you do things and where you live.
Without the current and next several Administrations in The White House making effective structural adaptations to the “Economy” several noteworthy and practical experts are predicting that the majority of “Jobs” and “Work as we know it” are gone for a very long time, quite possibly for more than one decade. See this explained briefly in the Robert Reich video (link below).
At Suddenly Frugal Suddenly Smart, you will find some of the best advice in money management, in location management, in lifestyle management, and general “peace of mind” strategies. We not only offer successful coping mechanisms based on personal experiences in our being forced out of the loop nearing retirement and having to adapt to survive sooner than we’d like it, but also, suggestions from experts in change-management (not just change-coping).
We also offer in the column on the right, suggested resources (links) to cost-effective, practical alternatives to traditional means and methods. Like, if in a pinch, dumping your landline phone, your cell phone, cable TV and E-mail providers in favor of one cheaper point of access. It worked for us when we wanted to save nearly $1,500 per year (that’s $7,500 in 5 years–in a blink of an eye in hindsight), and maybe it’ll work for you.
You can feel it in the air. It’s been coming since the Dot-com Bubble burst (and some say even before that). Open your mind to this present day reality. Take one deep breath and let that breath into your whole body. Exhale slowly.
Welcome to the “NEW” future. It’s different than and more wide-sweeping than most people thought it would be. People you once knew are gone. Maybe you’ve gone to a new place. Maybe it all looks strange at first. Get used to being in a state of adjustment as this is going to be the new normal.
KEY ADVICE: Remain flexible. Remain adaptive. To be fixed in habit or rigid in your thinking will keep you susceptible, frequently knocked off balance, not sure-footed. Instead, remain centered no matter what may be happening around you. Center yourself on life in this moment. It’s what Eckart Tolle calls Living in The Now.
KEY ADVICE: If you remain centered it can open you up to opportunity (whether you find it or you make it). Be progressive, not passive. As one of the most successful people in one pounding competition after another advised us all, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”
Keep only your good memories. They are precious. Thank your lucky stars for the chance of having them. But refuse to permit yourself to dwell in the past. It cannot take you forward. This moment and only the next one are all that counts. Remember that if ever you may permit challenges to get to you. I said when you permit because life is merely a reflection of what you make of it in your mind. (That’s why the big push on 3-D Video, 4-D Experience Parks.)
Keep your perception filters flexible. There’s a quiet strength in that frame of mind. That ability is the secret behind personal strength of character. You’ve heard the phrases Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Are you ready to try on your new flexible filters?
At Suddenly Frugal Suddenly Smart, we intend to inform. Here you can find what others do to not only cope day-to-day, but you can find out how to negotiate your way through the necessary adaptations to make the big changes in your heart, soul, lifestyle, philosophy (mindset) about material things, family and loved ones, and what life is really all about.
As we found out, major change always comes suddenly and sooner than we’d prefer. Sure, it’s different now. It’s different everywhere. That’s just the way it is. And, it’s just what we make of it. So, let’s begin anew–suddenly frugal and suddenly smart–shall we?