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While half of this blog is about earning more, life isn’t all about the big bucks. Frugality and financial independence are about more than having a bank account of a certain size or working towards what are ultimately arbitrary goals blind to the world around you.

Goals are great — I certainly wouldn’t be where I am today without them — but make sure to enjoy what you have now too. It’s morbid but true: you or your Sweetie Pie could drop dead tomorrow; if you knew that, would you change what you’re doing today?

Stand up for yourself and know your worth; get paid what’s fair and don’t let others take advantage of you. Treat others the same way — golden rule and all that — and beyond that, relax a little. You don’t have to earn every possible penny, you don’t have to take the higher paying job that will eat up your weekends, and you don’t have to make more than your neighbors. Define your goals and find contentment in what you have.

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