Sarah’s Dream Day [How Planning your Ideal Day out can set you up for Financial Freedom]

My Dream Day

I wake up in my warm bed, buried under several heavy quilts. I’m in my bedroom, laying next to my husband, in our modest cabin in the mountains of western Montana. I’m surrounded by several windows with lots of early morning sunlight pouring through, and I can smell coffee coming from the kitchen. Our house has three bedrooms, and two bathrooms, the house itself is about 1500 square feet or so, and one story.

I climb out of bed and leave my husband to wake up at his own leisure. I pull on my clothes and boots and head to the barn to feed, coffee mug in hand, my dog, Blair, by my side.

Our barn is on the smaller side. It has two stalls for horses on one side, and on the other it has a mini tack/feed room, and a long ‘stall’ suitable for sick or pregnant goats and cattle. Both sides of the barn have a lean-to attached, for shade and shelter for animals on one end, and to store round bales and machinery on the other. The barn has two main groups of pastures extending from it, though the entire property is fenced in, complete with a gate and cattle guard at the driveway entrance. To the side of the barn, sits a hen house and its corresponding run. Just down from that sits a wood house, and sets of solar panels.

After feeding our pair of horses, two cattle, a flock of friendly hens, and small herd of goats, I come back inside to start breakfast. Maybe it’s eggs and sausage, or biscuits and gravy, or a simple waffle. By now, Devin is waking up, and we have breakfast together, in front of our big picture window, overlooking our wraparound veranda, the nearby mountains, and the ponderosa pines.

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After breakfast, I go to the porch, or the overstuffed recliner- depending on the season, and I write. I don’t care if it’s a freelance project, my blog, or even another book, but I write for an hour at least.

Now I can do my work. I may go off to a part time seasonal job I love. Or I may have work that needs done with rental properties or the guest cabins on our property. Or I may do some more freelance jobs online. Maybe I’ve got a project going on that involves a camper renovation. Or, I could spend some time with the animals- fencing, deworming, desensitizing, and pasture cycling are all never ending jobs. I could also do any work around the house, or outside, such as firewood work or gardening.

Once I finish my work, I want to use what’s left of the day for Devin and I. We can go out on the horses, do some trails with dirt bikes, kayak or float one of the nearby rivers, shoot, hunt, hike or go for a jog.

To finish up my dream day, I’d like to feed our animals together, and then fix dinner as a team. Devin and I are very accustomed to spending almost every waking moment together, and we like it that way.

A few times a year, I’d like to fly our closest friends and families to us, and I’d also like the freedom of visiting them ourselves if we want.

In later years, I may foster or even adopt a multi sibling group. Losing my dad at a young age gave me the incessant fear that my mother would become sick or die and that my sisters and I would be split up. I think that would be a worthwhile and purposeful thing to do with my life. I may also decide have children of my own at some point or another.

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So what’s the purpose of my Dream Day?

I have a dream, which has helped me to actualize, plan, and now start working on my goals. By planning out my dream day, I can decipher what’s actually important to me. For instance, just look at this list that can be gathered just from my dream day:

What I DO want:

  • a remote piece of property
  • a modest and cozy cabin with lots of windows
  • a few animals
  • time for my husband
  • time for writing
  • time for my animals
  • time for our hobbies (horses, a hobby farm, kayaking, tubing, trail riding, shooting, hunting, hiking, and jogging)
  • to be active, and healthy, and capable
  • financial freedom that allows me to pick my own work or jobs, as well as some partially passive income, such as rental properties and on-site guest cabins
  • the ability to retire my husband from his job, so he can focus on what he loves (forestry, shooting sports, hunting, trapping, and being an all around outdoorsman and mountain man)
  • the capabilities of providing (housing, food, travel, and finances) for my friends and family to come to us, or us to go to them
  • to give back, most likely by helping multi sibling families
  • to continue to blog, and help others through my writing and experiences
  • peace, privacy, and a routine
  • coffee, obviously

What I DON’T want:

  • time spent on my phone, social media, or unnecessary internet time, which means I don’t need a smartphone
  • time spent in front of the television, I don’t need cable for sure, and maybe not even HULU
  • frivolous items, such as shiny vehicles, new clothes, or anything that’s designer and expensive
  • time spent away from my husband
  • time spent away from my animals
  • fast foods, house keepers, or any unnecessary conveniences
  • to lay around and do nothing
  • to be completely free of work

That’s a lot of good stuff about my future! Knowing exactly what I want makes it easy for me to plan my next moves and what needs to be done to make my dreams a reality. On Wednesday I’ll be posting the next step of this process. If you don’t want to wait until Wednesday, be sure to look below at my super great freebie (it asks for your email, and it’s got a bright red sign up button!). It’s a 15 page Finding Financial Freedom Workbook, designed to take all this great information, and make it into a plan that is both practical, and motivating.

Now, go check out Part II (The Price of a Dream) + Part III (Your Life as One Big A$$ Shopping List) of this post. 

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What does your ideal day look like?

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11 Replies to “Sarah’s Dream Day [How Planning your Ideal Day out can set you up for Financial Freedom]”

  1. I love the way you write – it really drew me into your day dream and made me realise that I share a lot of your aspirations. I think it’s too easy to get caught up in what everyone else wants (or think they want) thanks to social media.. In reality, it’s important to take the time to consider what will truly make us happy and what we need to do to make that financially viable 🙂

  2. I loved this! For my Mass Communications class, we actually had to do something similar where we wrote our entire day of where we wanted to be in five years. It helps to clarify what you actually want and need, and to focus on getting the life you dream. If you can think it, you can do it!

  3. I think it is so wonderful that you take out the time to write. I wish I had more writing talent, but I just can’t seem to get what’s in my head down on paper. And you do it so freely and effortlessly, thank you for sharing!

  4. Your dream day has me swooning! Very similar to what I one day hope to have with my hubby and kiddos. I grew up living in the country so that lifestyle, animals and all, calls to me 💕

  5. This is such a great post! I had to reread it just to relive your day dream! I have never come across anything so fun and creative to help with financial planning! Hopefully I don’t get too carried with the day dream and I actually get down to the nitty gritty lol! Thank you so much for sharing- I’m definitely feeling inspired! x

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