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Living a weird life from now on!


Today is September 29, 2018. A month ago I made the decision to completely change paths on my Instagram account for Home Dream Home and be weird. Yeah, you read that right! Weird! Ok let me explain:

Since I was a little girl I wanted a big family and a beautiful home. When I married Scott, we were living in the hose he used to own with his previous wife, so I didn’t ever feel like it was mine. I couldn’t wait to move to our own home, and buy all new stuff in my style, which happened last Summer. My dream came true! I had a wonderful husband, 4 amazing kids and a beautiful home. When 2018 started someone asked me to describe the year ahead using just one word. I chose Lagniappe which is French for bonus, extra (la ñapa in Spanish) meaning I had it all and anything else the life wanted to give me was a bonus.

Was I happy? YES! but something didn’t feel right, which doesn’t mean I was unhappy (<– note for the haters). I had it all and I still had this longing for more, but more of the wrong stuff. It took me a few months to realize that I was following all these influencers on social media, telling me I HAD to have this or that, that my home was missing this, that my skin needed that, that I wasn’t enough. I fell for it. I was susceptible to it.

The truth is, the real Maria is not a big shopper. I rarely buy things for myself, I hate buying clothes, I do not wear jewelry, I do not care about fancy designer shoes or purses (except for Carolina Herrera, I gotta admit, but only because she is Venezuelan and I need a little dose of Venezuela here and there). The real Maria hates clutter because it gives her anxiety and enjoys the empty spaces of her house. The real Maria doesn’t want to look like a Kardashian (you are cute babe, but it’s not my thing). I am happy with my eyebrows, my minimal makeup routine, my lips, not so much my weight (being honest here) but I love my body shape. The real Maria loves numbers, and spreadsheets, graphs going up, and winning.

I started asking myself questions. Pretty hippie questions lol: Who am I? What do I want? What am I going to do with my limited time on earth? The answers to those questions led me to quitting my job (because I wanted to spend more time with my family), unfollow ‘that kind’ of influencers (because I wanted to follow people that lifted me up), and spend more time doing things that helped me and my family enjoy our time on this earth (travel and such).

The thing is guys, by quitting my job we were back to being a single-income home, and although we were doing ok, was not enough to travel the world, you know? That took me to another set of hippie questions and to become really weird, like I said earlier: Why are we living paycheck to paycheck if Scott works so hard all day, every day, and brings home a great salary? Why do we have debt in the credit cards?

I started doing something I love: research. I learned that most Americans have debt and that they are dying with an average of $62,000 of debt. That is just what is considered normal! Well, I do not want to be normal. I want to be weird! like Dave Ramsey said. A lot of influencers are broke! Living well above their means. I do not want to be one of them. At the time of this article I have over 14K followers on Instagram, and although I appreciate them very much, [Warning: I am going to be honest here, so you know, that will rub some people the wrong way] I do not care if they stick around or not. Yeah, I said that. I already feel bad about it, but I will get over it because that’s what adults do.

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Loved this random picture of Venezuelan currency for this post

Back to the first paragraph of this post, when I said I drastically changed paths on my Instagram account. Well, a month ago I stopped sharing pictures of my home and the ‘stuff’ I liked, triggering people to want more than they actually need, pushing worthless stuff on their face, and I started sharing more about this mindset change, and my steps towards a minimalist, debt-free life and financial independence.

I know this is what is best for me and my family. I know this is who I am, what I want to do with my life and how I will make sure I am able to enjoy my time on this earth. A follower count? It’s nice to know that people are listening to my babbling, but it’s not why I am sharing my journey. 

This post is all about me, but I know there are other people in this position. Other moms asking themselves these questions. Other people in positions of influence asking themselves if they are doing the right thing with their power. I know this because the stats don’t lie, and most of us are in debt. We all live in cages with the doors wide open. All we gotta do is walk out of them and take the reins of our own destiny, see the light and walk towards it. Corny, isn’t it? Weird!

Pint It!


  1. Sabrina Frayman

    Great Post! Thanks for being so honest and bold. Your article sheds light on the purpose of life. Love it… and it makes me want to dig deeper now. 😘

    1. mbaradell

      Thank you my friend! I can’t wait to see where all of this goes! Stay tuned!

  2. Dawn

    LOVE IT! You are at the same place I am! I don’t want fancy stuff…If my hubby would let me, I would sell everything, build a tiny house, find some land and go off the grid, grow my own food and live life Simply. Add a sprinkle of travel to see this amazing planet, and color me happy! I am tired of all the “Stuff,” I want more experiences…I look forward to more of your posts!

    1. mbaradell

      Thank you! Do it! Start with your own stuff, your side of the closet for example! Lead by example 🙂 Husbands will follow!

  3. Anonymous

    Yes! I love this! Thank you, Maria for sharing your experience.

    1. mbaradell

      You are welcome! I wish more people could be more open with their current situations.

  4. Truu Keto

    Perfectly composed content material, Really enjoyed examining

    1. mbaradell

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