I read a lot of blogs, (okay, okay, I skim a lot of blogs) one of which is Retro Renovation, whose homage to older houses is a perfect fit for my new-isn’t-better mindset.
Yesterday’s blog post highlighted the home of novelist Bonnie Jo Campbell, whose midcentury kitchen would be considered outdated by some, but luckily not her. But it wasn’t her house that caught my attention, rather her attitude.
Here, read for yourself:
“I call it a swamp house, and my husband and I bought it in 1987 for $24,500. I always tell my students that if they are serious about writing that they should live in a very modest house and try to keep expenses low so that they don’t have to work themselves too hard to pay the mortgage. They think I’m kidding, but I’m not. It’s very hard to make time to write in any case, and so if there’s a way to spend less time earning a living, then follow that way…”
This is incredible succinct advice, and not just for writers! Live below your means and you can follow your passions.
I think I’m in love.
“Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without.”
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