The Currency of Time: A Personal Story About Learning the True Value of Time Over Money


Time is a currency, just like money. But time is more valuable than money. I share my personal story of how a job loss led to discovering the true riches in life through learning the true value of time and all that it can buy.“Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time.” – Jim Rohn

I recently left my job as a school teacher. While I had planned on leaving anyway after this school year, I hadn’t expected to suffer a back injury that would put me on medical leave. But that’s exactly what happened.

I’m currently pregnant with my second child: 19 weeks to be exact. My first pregnancy was easy.  In fact, it was so easy that I actually had more energy and felt better than I normally do in my non-pregnant body!

This pregnancy has been a little different. I’ve had the morning sickness, the exhaustion, the headaches, the emotional rollercoaster, and I’ve contracted every illness I’ve come in contact with (which is a lot when you’re a school teacher). 

I’ve had Strep Throat, Norovirus and a chest cough that lasted weeks on end and finally led to me throwing my back out from coughing so hard. Which, in turn, led to me being put on medical leave at 4 months pregnant.

It certainly wasn’t ideal. It definitely wasn’t how I’d hoped things would go. Not only am I still recovering from my injury, but I’ve lost income on top of it all, which has been a bit of a stressor with a second child on the way and a brand new mortgage on our first home: a charming 3-bedroom rancher on a little 1/4 acre, garden-filled plot of land that’s just perfect for our new family of 4. 

Indeed the combination of a rough pregnancy, sickness, injury, lost income and increased expenses has been stressful and inconvenient to say the least. But I’m beginning to see the blessing in disguise…

 

I’ve Been Blessed With the Gift of Time

Not having to get up and go to a job outside the home has been so liberating. As a teacher, not only did I physically have to be at work during school hours, but I also spent hours upon hours each week planning my lessons, marking work, gathering materials, writing report cards, newsletters, emails and attending meetings when need be. I couldn’t even take a sick day without spending a chunk of time planning out the entire day and writing out said plan for a substitute. More often than not it was easier to go to work than not, even if I was feeling sick.

My job took up a huge amount of my time, and while I absolutely loved the kids and the subject matter I was teaching, it was beginning to take a toll on my personal life. Not only was I contracting every illness in the book (well, thankfully I avoided the lice and chicken pox outbreaks this year), but I was physically and mentally exhausted at the end of each school day, and caught up with planning and other school-related activities on other days that prevented me from being fully present for myself and my family.

After a long day of managing up to 3 classrooms full of children (ranging in age from 5 to 12 years old), I would arrive at my mom’s to pick up my own child and found myself immediately frustrated with her. I would lose patience the moment it took her too long to come over and put her shoes on, or I’d snap and yell if she decided to giggle and play games instead of immediately following orders.

Time is a currency, just like money. But time is more valuable than money. I share my personal story of how a job loss led to discovering the true riches in life through learning the true value of time and all that it can buy.

Having more time at home with my family finally meant I could stop rushing so much. I could finally allow time for the simple (but important) things in life like letting my daughter play, learn and discover things at her own pace without hurrying her onto the next place or activity. 

In the evenings it was a struggle to get dinner on the table because I was so tired and by bedtime I could barely muster the energy for a story (or 3) like I’d always loved reading to her before she went to sleep. And as for my husband? Ha! I definitely didn’t have time for him. We had already resigned ourselves to the “fact” that we were just too busy to spend quality time together at this point in our lives. How sad is that?

Other things had begun to fall apart too. My physical health (as noted) was not doing great. Sure I was getting sick all the time, but on top of that I wasn’t making time for self care. On good weeks I squeezed in a yoga class on Saturday mornings. But on average I was not getting enough physical exercise, not meditating enough, not spending enough time outdoors and in my garden where I’m most happy, not cooking enough healthy meals from scratch, not getting good, restorative sleep and most certainly not doing nice little things for myself like getting my hair done or putting makeup on if I wasn’t going to work. Not that I’m a big makeup person anyway, but a little mascara can do wonders for a girl’s confidence whether she spends her days in heels or gumboots.

I literally felt like my personal life was crumbling apart piece by piece, as if someone was chipping away at it with a chisel while I stood helplessly by.

Deep down I’ve always known that I want to be a stay-at-home mom and work from home on my own schedule. I’m lucky that I’m in a position where I can make that choice as I understand not everyone is. But even so, we’re not exactly rich. We earn enough money to get by and stay out of debt (aside from our mortgage), and we live frugally and within our means. But it takes money to live, and I knew I couldn’t give up the security of my job just yet. We needed the money after all.

But sometimes (often) things don’t work out exactly as we had planned. I’m not religious, but I do believe in greater forces beyond our comprehension, and I believe in divine intervention sometimes when we are not making the right decisions for ourselves. And that, I believe, is exactly what happened to me two weeks ago when I woke up with shooting pains in my upper back.

 

Divine Intervention Can Be A Real Pain (At the Time)

I’d been coughing for two weeks already and had coughed so hard that I was worried I’d cracked a rib. My husband rushed me to the hospital where I was given some painkillers and taken for x-rays (the last thing I wanted while pregnant, but necessary as the ER doctor explained). 

Luckily I didn’t have a broken rib, but it seemed as though my rib joints had completely slipped out of place. I was in excruciating pain… So bad that I told my husband it was worse than labour, and I stand by that statement even now (ask me again in 5 months and I might have a different opinion;).

I had to see a chiropractor the next day who helped me immensely but even now I’ve had 6 sessions and am still healing. The chiropractor immediately wrote me a note saying “no work at this time.” 

I also happened to have an appointment with my midwife that day. As I hobbled through the door in my sweat pants, holding my husband’s arm for support, it took her just one look before she told me “ya, you’re not working anymore.”

“But I’m a teacher and there are only 7 weeks left before the end of the school year,” I protested.

“So what? You and your baby are more important. Your health is more important. I’m writing you a note and putting you on medical leave,” she replied.

Deep down I was relieved. I knew I couldn’t keep going like this, but I’m not a quitter. I never have been. I always push through until the bitter end. I’m stubborn like that, and I take pride in it. It’s one of my best qualities and it’s what has led to all of my successes in life, including giving me the grit I need to turn myself from a born and raised city girl to a homesteader, and to keep going when the going gets tough (because it always does).

But at this moment it felt as if a huge weight had been lifted. I breathed a sigh of relief. Finally, in the depths of the pain I was feeling, I knew that things were going to get better. I knew I would finally have the time I so desperately craved to focus on my own wellbeing, to focus on my family, and eventually on my hobbies and passions again. I was finally on the path to recovery from this commitment to a job that was quite honestly sucking the life out of me. 

Yes, teaching can be rewarding, and again I can’t say enough about some of the amazing kids and families I got to know. But at the end of the day I wanted to put all of that energy I was putting into my job into myself and my family instead. I wanted to spend my days teaching my own child instead of having someone else teach her while I taught other children. I wanted to feel alive again.

I craved this so deeply, and in a bizarre and painful twist of events, I believe that forces beyond my control intervened to give me what my soul truly and deeply needed: Time.

 

The Currency of Time 

In this modern world, money reigns supreme. Many of us spend our lives trading hours, days, weeks, months and eventually years for the money it costs to live a comfortable lifestyle. But we also got caught up in the illusion that we never have enough money. We chase after the almighty dollar in order to afford more and more, when, if we were perfectly honest with ourselves, most of us have enough already.

While money is most definitely necessary and important for survival and happiness, most of us need much less of it than we believe we do. Once our basic needs are met (food, clothing, shelter, heat, electricity (if you are “on the grid”), a little money for transportation…) we don’t need much more money than that to be happy. 

You always hear that some of the poorest people on Earth are the happiest, and here in the west where we have the highest incomes, standards of living and quality of life, a growing number of people are suffering from depression, anxiety, physical and mental illness and general disgruntlement with life. Why is that?

I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s because we waste much of our precious and limited time on Earth working for a paycheque instead of spending time with our loved ones and pursuing our life’s passions and purpose. Again, not that that’s not important and necessary. But time is an equally (if not more important) currency than money, and we very often overlook its value completely until something drastic forces us to reevaluate our priorities, like serious illness or injury, loss of a loved one or even a near death experience.

You see, money is important because we need it to survive and live a comfortable life. But you can always earn more money. Money comes and goes. Time lost, however, can never be regained. It’s a finite resource that each of us has and no one knows exactly how much of it he or she has left. 

And yet we squander it away each day on things like commuting to and from work, clocking hours for a paycheque (often times so that we can afford luxuries and consumer goods beyond our basic needs), treating and recovering from stress-related illnesses and escaping through mindless activities like hours of television, playing hands of online poker and checking Facebook 150 times a day.

 

Time, Like Money, Should Be Spent Wisely 

Since I’ve been off of work, I’ve discovered a new-found appreciation for the currency of time. Instead of trading dollars for things like transportation to and from work, supplies for school, convenience foods and items to make life easier due to a lack of time, I now find myself spending much less money but more time on the things that are truly important to me… 

Things like spending time in my garden each morning, tending to seedlings, weeding beds (for a few minutes at a time as my back will allow), talking to my plants and marvelling at the miracle of life unfolding before my eyes.

Things like digging in the dirt with my daughter, taking her for walks in the forest and teaching her about the indigenous flora and fauna in our area, to which she replies “wow, interesting!” And I marvel at this little person she is becoming with thoughts of her own and a vocabulary that never ceases to amaze me as it grows each day. 

Things like waking up early and doing yoga and then meditating for the first hour of my day, visiting the library and taking out books I’ve wanted to read for so long, seeing friends, engaging in deep conversations and stargazing with my husband at night… All of the priceless things that I never seemed to have time for before, but that make for a truly rich and happy life.

Time is a currency, just like money. But time is more valuable than money. I share my personal story of how a job loss led to discovering the true riches in life through learning the true value of time and all that it can buy.

Something as simple as enjoying a cup of coffee on the deck after a morning in the garden was a luxury that fell by the wayside when I was working outside the home. Moments like this bring me true happiness.

I’ve made a concerted effort to be more present, to slow down and enjoy the little things, to practice patience with my little one and give her the time she needs to learn new skills and make new discoveries without being rushed or hurried away, and to give myself and my loved ones the attention we all need to feel loved and happy and healthy. And with all of these extra hours in the day, I’ve even found I now spend less time doing mindless things like checking social media and vegging out in front of the television. 

I’m more committed to pursuing my passions like writing and photography and gardening and cooking and creating and sharing it all with you here on this blog. I’m more committed to spending my time on things that add value to my life rather than wasting it on frivolous things that won’t mean anything one day when I’m laying on my death bed. Because as morbid as it may sound, none of us truly know when that day will come. And personally I want to feel that whenever that day does come, that I’ve spent the time I was given here on Earth doing things that mattered and that made me feel whole and alive and grateful each morning to wake up and seize another day.

The Currency of Time: A Personal Story About Learning the True Value of Time Over Money

I got a new camera for Christmas… 5 months ago! I’m finally making time to use it and learn about all of its functions now that I have more time on my hands.

Yes, money is important, and most all of us need to work in order to survive and support our families. My own personal goal is to one day earn enough from this blog that I can supplement our family’s income and contribute financially to our household once more. But my greatest priority right now is to myself and my own health and to taking care of my family. 

Monetarily I am actually saving so much money not working that it almost makes up for the lost income (I didn’t exactly make bank on a teacher’s salary at the school I where I was employed). But money aside, I’m able to give so much more of myself to my family now, and that is of infinite more value than a paycheque at this time in my life.

When I was still just talking about leaving my job, my husband encouraged me and said, “Please, do it. I miss my wife. I want her back.” I’m happy to report that she’s now back and here to stay.

 

Create More Time In Your Life

Again, I understand that I’m lucky enough to be in a situation where I can choose time over money, and not everyone has that choice. I understand there are struggling families and single parents out there and I absolutely commend you for the strength it takes to get out of bed each morning and leave your family and sometimes your passions and dreams behind as you trade your hours at a job to support your loved ones. There is nothing more noble. 

But I highly encourage anyone who will listen to make time more of a priority; To recognize the value of the currency of time and to realize that it is truly more important than money, beyond what it costs to survive. 

Maybe that means looking for another job with more flexibility or even working part time if you can create a budget that allows you to live on less money (because let’s face it, the more we earn the more we tend to spend… Most of us can cut costs in some way which might allow us to free up more time).

Or maybe you can work from home or even just closer to home to cut down on time (and money) spent commuting. Or maybe you can simply carve out time each week to dedicate to self care, mindfulness and uninterrupted family time. Get up a little earlier. Create a “technology-free” time when you are committed to being fully present for yourself and your loved ones. 

Or maybe you too might find that if you budget just right you can quit your job too and stay home with your own children and pursue some of your own passions that have taken a seemingly permanent spot on the back burner.

Perhaps you too can contribute monetarily to your household in other ways like starting a home business, minding your own children (instead of paying the sometimes extortionate fees it costs to send kids to daycare), cooking from scratch instead of paying for the convenience of eating out or buying pre-made foods, or maybe growing more (or some) of your own food, making more of your own homemade items and even saving money on things like gas and medical bills by staying home and making health and wellness a priority in your life instead of an afterthought.

And maybe you too can contribute value to your family and to your own life in non-monetary ways like being more patient and more fully present for the people who matter most in your life. Because while money is important, it truly isn’t everything in life. Health, happiness and doing things that fulfill us with people we love hold infinitely more value than money. And the beauty is, you don’t need to spend money to have any of those things. All you need to spend is a little time.

Update: In the end, I lost the baby. There were unfortunately some severe medical issues that were completely out of our control, and our son, Phoenix Rain, unfortunately didn’t make it. But the lessons he taught me in the few short months he was with me will stay with me forever. Learning to appreciate the time I’ve been given, and learning how to spend it wisely doing the things that bring me joy with the people I love most was perhaps the biggest takeaway of all. And for that, I’m eternally grateful.

 

Wishing you homemade, homegrown, homestead happiness…

…and, of course, the time to enjoy it all:)

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3 Comments

  1. mac

    Thank you for sharing your story, I can warmly relate to it. I was saddened to hear you lost Phoenix Rain. I love reading and being inspired by you blog and feed xx

    Reply
  2. Masha Cashmere

    Your beautiful blog is a breathe of fresh air. Minimal life. Equals rich life. May you be blessed.

    Reply
    • Anna Sakawsky

      Thank you for your kind words! I agree 100%.

      Reply

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If you’ve been watching events unfold over the past few years and you’re feeling called to start “cutting ties” with the system and begin reclaiming your independence, The Society of Self-Reliance was made for you!

When I first launched this online membership program last year, my goal was to create a one-stop resource where members could go to learn and practice every aspect of self-reliance, as well as a space to connect with other like-minded people pursuing the same goal. And that’s exactly what you’ll get when you join!

Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn inside the Society:

🌱 Food Security and Self-Sufficiency: Learn the art of growing and preserving your own food, ensuring you and your loved ones have access to nutritious meals year-round.

🌿 Natural Living and Herbal Medicine Mastery: Discover the secrets to creating a low-tox home and and to growing, making and using herbal remedies to support your family’s health, naturally.

🔨 Essential Life Skills: Learn essential life skills like time management, effective goal setting and practical DIY skills to become more self-sufficient.

As a member, you’ll enjoy:

📚 Monthly Video Lessons: Gain access to our ever-growing library of video lessons, with fresh content added each month.

📞 Live Group Coaching Calls: Participate in our monthly live group coaching calls, where we deep dive into a different self-reliance topic every month, and do live demonstrations and Q&A’s.

🏡 Private Community: Join our private community forum where you can ask questions, share your progress, and connect with like-minded individuals.

I only open the doors to The Society once or twice each year, but right now, for one week only, you can become a member for just $20/month (or $200/year).

In today’s world, self-reliance is no longer a luxury, a “cute hobby,” it’s a necessity. Join us inside The Society of Self-Reliance and empower yourself with the skills you need to thrive in the new world!

Link in profile or visit thehouseandhomestead.com/society to learn more.

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Got out for an early morning harvest today. Been up since 3am, contemplating life, the future and the past, the order of things…

There is a rumbling right now, not just in North America, but around the world. Many of us can feel it, and know we are on the precipice of something big.

I’d been hearing about this new song that’s become an overnight viral sensation, written by an (until now) unknown singer named Oliver Anthony. His new song Rich Men North of Richmond has had 14 million views on YouTube in the past week alone, so I decided to check it out.

I also saw a clip of him playing a Farmers Market last week, and anything that has to do with Farmers Markets always has my attention;)

I can’t tell you how many tears I’ve already cried listening to that song. If you’ve heard it already, you probably know what I’m talking about, and if you haven’t, I highly recommend giving it a listen. All I can say is it’s been a while since a song resonated so deeply with me, and in this strange new world, I know I’m not the only one.

One of the lines in Anthony’s song is “Livin’ in the new world, with an old soul,” and that’s something I think so many of us in the homesteading community can relate to.

Trying to cling to better days; To a simpler time; To the old ways, all while doing our best to get by in the new world.

The world has changed drastically in the last few years especially, and it’s set to change in immense ways over the next few years. Today I’m feeling thankful for people like @oliver_anthony_music_ who give a voice to what so many are feeling right now.

Know that if you’re feeling it too, you’re far from alone. And while the future may feel uncertain and even a little scary, remember that if we stand united, we the people are a force to be reckoned with.

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Another garlic harvest in the books!

Garlic is easily one of my favourite crops to grow. It’s pretty much a “set if and forget it” crop. We plant in the fall and leave it to overwinter, fertilize a couple times in the spring, start watering only once the ground starts to dry out, and then harvest in the summer. We can even plant a fall succession crop after our garlic if we want so it really makes great use of garden space all year round.

Over the years we’ve managed to become completely self-sufficient with garlic. We now grow enough to eat all year (and then some!), plus we save our own seed garlic and usually have extra to sell or give away. And around here fresh, organic garlic ain’t cheap, so it’s a good cash crop for anyone who’s serious about selling it.

It took me a few years to really get the hang of garlic, but it’s one crop I’m now very confident with (knock on wood, because it’s always when we make statements like this that next year’s crop fails! Lol.)

A while back I compiled a comprehensive guide to growing, harvesting and using garlic both as an edible and medicinal crop. This is usually only available as part of a paid bundle (or in the fall 2022 issue of Modern Homesteading Magazine if you’re a subscriber;), but for a limited time I’m offering it for free, no strings attached!

Plus you’ll also get access to my step-by-step video lesson on planting garlic so you can set yourself up for success with your garlic crop this year.

Comment “Garlic” below or head to thehouseandhomestead.com/garlic-guide to get your free copy!
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Going through photos and videos from our trip to the @modernhomesteadingconference and the vast majority are of our daughter having the time of her life!

Even if I personally got nothing else out of this gathering (which I most certainly did), watching her discover her own love of this lifestyle outside of what we do at home made my heart grow three sizes!

Homesteading is about so much more than homegrown food and self-reliance. It’s about passing on invaluable skills and an understanding of and respect for our connection to the land that provides for us to the next generation.

Being around so many other kids and families who are also pursuing a homesteading lifestyle helped show our little one that this is a movement that is so much bigger and greater than what our own family does on our little plot of land. This is a lifestyle worth pursuing, with a community unlike any other.

Glad to be back home and more excited than ever to involve my kids in everything we’re doing. But also, I think I speak for my whole family when I say we can’t wait to go back someday!
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If you’re simply looking for ways to save a little extra cash this summer and live well for less, here are 12 tried and tested frugal living tips for summer that you can use to save money this season without sacrificing a thing.
Head over using the link in my bio!
https://thehouseandhomestead.com/12-frugal-living-tips-summer/
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