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Happy Labor Day!

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Today in the US, we are celebrating Labor Day. According to Wikipedia, Labor Day “constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of their country.”

Most of us who get labor day off use it as a day to relax, have a barbeque, or catch up on yard work or other household chores that may have fallen to the wayside while we’ve been working. We work very hard and sacrifice many of the things we enjoy to bring home a paycheck.

Lately, this is a topic I’ve considered at great length. Am I making the most efficient use of my time at work and home that will get me to my ultimate goal of financial independence? Can I really get to the point where everyday is Labor Day? Some days it seems I’m on the right path, and others seem like I’m spinning my wheels, which may not be a completely bad thing.

I encourage everyone to enjoy today. Spend time with your family if you can. Tomorrow, when you head back to work, take a second to see if you are working for an end goal or if you are also spinning your wheels with no end in sight.

I think in my case, I am going to do the following things.

  • Be thankful for having a job I don’t hate that allows me to earn decent money.
  • Refocus my efforts on paying off our remaining mortgage debt and finding ways to save or make more money.
  • Plan for the future. This weekend, I saw a sweet Airstream that was calling my name!

Happy Labor Day! What are your plans for today and tomorrow?

About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.


  1. I’ll be doing some yard work and spending time with the kids…once they are out of bed. Enjoy the day!
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  2. No labor day here in Australia 🙁 Have a great day off Kim and hopefully you are on the right track and you can enjoy a few more days off in the future.
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  3. Although I think its going to take some time, I do think we can get to the point where every day is Labor Day. We’ve just got to keep plugging along at it!
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  4. Happy labor day! I am spending the day working hard to prepare my blog for two months of travel 🙂
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  5. We are just sitting home and relaxing. We went to the county fair yesterday and spent way too much money. Todays going to be a stay at home day.
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  6. Today I’m going for a run but it’s probably business as usual for blogging stuff. Otherwise I might be out spending money which Im trying to not do because I’m traveling this month. Also unveiling a new blog tomorrow! Hope you enjoy your day!
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  7. Typical of most holidays, we will get together with friends. In addition, I will still bicycle, wash the car and get ready to return to work like any other weekend.
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  8. Happy Labor Day! Today I’m hanging out with friends and then going to a BBQ. WOOHOO! 🙂
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  9. Happy labor day to you too! I’m in Grants Pass Or right now visiting family. They’re all still sleeping so, I get to see what’s going on in the blogosphere today. As far as tomorrow, I’m going to be at work so, I’m going to do everything I can to enjoy the rest of the day!
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  10. Happy Labor Day to you too! I slept in today and have a fantasy football draft later today at my father-in-law’s house.
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  11. I hung out with my wife and son all this weekend and it was great. No work, just hanging out.
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  12. Hope you had a great Labor Day, Kim! We mostly just cleaned the house and hung out with the kids.
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  13. We’ve been pondering seriously over that same question, Kim. Time is going by too quickly for us to waste it on things that don’t align with our goals! We had a weekend (and week - Rick was on vacation) full of fun and too much food. Back to reality this week. 🙂
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