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  • Writer's pictureMolly Richard

Who even are the Joneses?

I caught myself in a keep-up-with-the-Joneses thought pattern the other day. 🏘

Lots of my friends own their houses. I think it’s impressive that they are invested in real estate, settling in great neighborhoods, and picking out chic-as-hell light fixtures to install in their beautifully tiled bathrooms. It sounds like a super fulfilling project.

I, on the other hand, have lived in 5 different houses in the last year, and will likely be adding a 6th house to the list in June. I don’t own any of them.

Things I caught myself thinking:

🤷🏻‍♀️Should I be buying a house right now?

🙇🏻‍♀️Do people think I’m childish or financially irresponsible for not even thinking about buying a house?

🙆🏻‍♀️Are my geographical commitment issues actual ISSUES?

But when take a step back to reflect on my values (not other people’s equally-valid values), I can honestly say I deeply value my mobility right now. I love trying out life in different places. I don’t have to be ashamed of my wanderlust. I’ve been intentional about designing my finances to support me in this value, and I am allowed to feel good about that—even when subconscious “money status” scripts tempt me to feel otherwise.

Financial wellness looks different for everyone. And it should! We all have different values and visions for our current and future lives. Who even are the Joneses?

P.S. not my camper, it just matched my skirt. 📸 @james.billeaudeau

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