The Bearded Budget Movement
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Grow a Beard. Get on a Budget.
“Don’t you have to shave for work? I can’t grow a beard, my job won’t let me.”
I know you’re tired of hearing other people tell you what to do, what doesn’t work and how to live your life. I know, because I’m sick and tired of it. It’s driven me to the brink of exhaustion and defeat.
I’m tired of the 50-hour work week that gets you nowhere and cares nothing for you.
I’m ready for a life beyond the 9-5, beyond constantly being away from my family and relationships, beyond the way the world has taught me to live. We’ve been led to believe we need more money, more time, more of everything when that journey leaves you drained, defeated and devoid of life.
It’s time for the Bearded Budget movement
This blog is about doing what you’ve always wanted to do because you finally have the drive, the means and the ability to do it. If that means starting a business, then get out there, find a way to make it work, and start your business!
Here’s a helpful post on starting your own side business: Start a Side Business blog posts.
If that means quitting or changing your soul-draining job and preparing for a more balanced life, then find a way and DO IT!
For me, it means working smarter with less, having more fun and building deeper relationships with the people that we love.
This blog creates a clear vision of how life would look if we were not chasers, but doers, not consumers, but creators, not drained but filled.
The Bearded Budget life is about connecting yourself to the world around you in a more extraordinary way by making the decisions you’ve always wanted to make, through deeper relationships, more rounded skills and a schedule that doesn’t revolve around the consumer lifestyle.
Cash is but one tool in our arsenal of skills, relationships and products. Let’s stop treating it like it’s the only way we relate to the world.
“That’s great, beard man, but how can I get from the mess I’m in now to that glorious lifestyle?”
Listen, I’ll do some of the lifting by bringing the articles, resources and ideas for success, you focus on taking the baby steps needed to live the Bearded Budget lifestyle.
If you’re already excited to jump in then sign up for my free 7 Day Budgeting Course.
The path to extraordinary living will be bumpy, but I know it’s going to be worth it. Let’s consider our goals:
- Drastically reduce your expenses
- Live off of a smaller percentage of income
- Spend more time with family
- Learn new life skills
- Constantly leave room for self-development
- Eat better foods, have healthier bodies, exercise
- Find fun and unique ways to earn more money
Wouldn’t it be worth it?
This is the journey I’m on and I can never look back. I’ve seen the light and from here on out, I’ll do whatever it takes to make it work.
I’ll never feel like I’m missing my kid growing up. I’ll never look back and wish I’d been closer to my wife so she wouldn’t feel lonely.
These priorities in life are much deeper and stronger than any cash I can earn today.
Change Your Family Tree
Our family life has changed drastically over the last year. Some of the circumstances were unexpected and some of it was a product of self-pursuance. Either way, we’ve grown to cherish the priorities we’ve made prominent over the last year and I want to share that process and strategy with you.
We’ve always been frugal and lived well within our means. However, now we have a vision to live on less and to continue to challenge our spending, learning, reading, earnings and to develop new skills so we can enjoy the abundant God-given gifts of this life.
We’ve all heard it said before: my priorities are God, Family, Work.
But what do those priorities actually look like when they’re actually lived out each day? Does it mean spend 50 hours at work during the week, come home and kiss the wife, put the kids to bed and say a prayer?
I think that is the exact opposite of those priorities.
“When your actions in life do not reflect your vision and priorities, you need to change your actions before your true priorities disappear.”
I want to cast the Bearded Budget vision not because everyone needs a beard or a budget but because doing what is mainstream leads to the same, stuck lifestyle that the world has been pitching to us for centuries and it’s failing our families and our lives.
You know the lifestyle that I’m referring to, it’s the one that attempts to keep up with the Jones’s, that needs a bump in salary every year, that needs to pay for higher education for their kids because the public school system stinks.
What if we were instead empowered and invigorated because we had the extra time to spend teaching our kids valuable life lessons, skills and knowledge?
These typical, mainstream worldly ideas that are shutting us down are kindled by our high consumer lifestyle.
Think about what we’ve created: Fast food so you can work more. Daycare, so you can work more. Coffee shops on every corner, so you can work more!
The time to truly live the life God has called you to live is now!
We’re going to go on a journey that will challenge your thinking in almost every area of life.
As Bearded Budget followers, we’re going to go through how we can make major changes over time to our attitude and our schedules to accommodate the priorities we truly feel are important.
In addition, we’ll talk strategies on how we can escape from Corporate America and build the freedom that we were originally created to experience.
This is a big challenge and for some of us, we have a long way to go. But keep these goals in mind, that here at Bearded Budget we’re going to envision a more fulfilling life and we’re going to take the steps to get there every single day.
I’ll see you on the other side.
What are some life goals that you’re missing that really pump you up to make changes? Let me know in the comments below.
Being disciplined with your money is hard but trust me, it's worth it. -Brandon
I’m Brandon and that’s my bride Ariana and our first born. We listened to age-old wisdom and paid off over $100,000 in debt from college, credit cards, vehicles and an underwater mortgage in under two years. We now we live a debt free life. Now we’re able to spend more time at home with our kids and prioritize our life.
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