*my friends and I driving around on golf carts. We were surrounded by cacti.*
It's been 3 years since I've had cable, however, in the beginning it wasn't really by choice. The store owner I worked for back then was no longer able to support their three businesses and had to move elsewhere (out of state.) I was laid off. As I scrambled to quickly put together a resume, I had to find ways to cut down on my living expenses and make up for lost steady income. In time I realized this was the best thing that could have happened to me. That moment in my life opened my eyes to my careless spending habit, and how my money was used to purchase some of the most unnecessary "necessities." My monthly magazine subscriptions- gone. Never used gym membership- cut off. Cable and DVR subscription- life changing.
Don't get me wrong. If it weren't for my laptop, I’d probably go crazy without watching all of my favorite TV shows. Man, and what would I have done without my Netflix. That $10 a month subscription has saved my (non-cable) life in so many ways and lonely rainy days. But without cable just a click away from the finger tips, I found myself more involved in just "me" time. I met up with friends often, read more books, took on other hobbies, kept up with my blog, took on photography, started working out at home, and focused more on my life during any down time. I enjoyed the quietness surrounding my home and became less dependant on the TV noise to keep me company while cleaning, cooking, or having guests over.
Three years later- living life and exploring more of what it was to offer. Plus, by me cutting off my cable bill this enables me to take my lengthy summer vacations every year. Win.