We heard you. When you signed on to join the Daylight community, you answered our questions about your deepest goals and desires, as well as where you see yourself. First and foremost, thank you! We appreciate your willingness to share, and that openness is what makes this an amazing network within which to grow your net worth. And we heard your collective groan just now – what net worth? If you’re like many of us, you saw your savings drained by the unexpected side effects of the global pandemic, or your investments took a hit, and while the stock market is very fickle, you’re feeling less and less confident. You’re looking for reassurance about what we’ve been raised to believe are basic life goals: that every person should have a car in the garage and a chicken in their pot. How do you be mindful of celebrating where you are – alive – while continuing to pursue your personal milestones?
Depending on your age range, you may have been influenced in different ways and expect different outcomes in the near future. Millennials (64% of our registered responders in that bracket) were more likely to go after home ownership and aspire to starting a family soon. Gen X and Baby Boomers are aiming for more or better vacations and aging gracefully. Gen Z meanwhile has their eye on gender transitions and could use some pep talking and reassurance about the state of our world.
All valid, all vulnerable, and all valued. Given the state of the real estate market, while home prices and interest rates may be historically low, so was the inflation on our salaries and savings’ yields within the last year… if we are still employed. First, take a deep breath and remember that if you’re tempted to harangue yourself about basic things you feel you should’ve accomplished by now, just add the words: “in a global pandemic” to the end of the sentence and give yourself a break. You’ve possibly become incredibly intimate with the four walls you call home, whether you live alone or with family, chosen family, or roommates, and the odds are ever in your favor that you may be spending even more time at home at least for another few months. So how do you deal with the very real derailment of your dreams? Even if it’s temporary, even though it’s frustrating, let’s aim for gratitude.
What are some low-cost ways to re-appreciate your space in the interim? Redecorate sparingly, or enjoy a little staycation, a deliberate break from your Groundhog Day-like routine.
If your budget can barely be stretched as it is, simply move your furniture around. The change in perspective as you enter a room will catch you unaware a few times, and can make the room feel new-ish again.
If you do have more room in your budget and missed the boom in plant parenting among the cooped-up in 2020, now’s a great time to introduce yourself to a budding baby. Plus, when you’re back on track, your commitment and dedication to the beauty of flora and fauna will be a lovely reminder of your tenacity. Take a plant personality quiz and pick a plant that suits you and your attention span. Place them in a position of prominence in the apartment or home you rent and give it the same attention you’d give a puppy.
If larger animals are forbidden but small ones are allowed in your apartment, consider a reptile, gerbil, or rabbit. You’d be surprised how many fantastic small animal toys are out there, and your place will literally be their whole world.
Alternately, if your health and welfare won’t permit a live companion, or you genuinely know that you won’t want to assume financial responsibility for sudden emergencies of the furry variety, go ahead and plan that staycation – more on that here.
We know that a house is more than a place to sleep – it’s a place to build memories, enjoy quality time with your loved ones, and to retreat from the calamities of the outside world. Having a secure place to lay your head is a burden off your mind and heart, but it’s even more amazing when you have fabulous folx or fur babies or fauna to share it with. Or just you! Enjoy your own company even more while you’re at it. You deserve it!