well, i usually define wealth in things that don't have economic value, like love, faith, knowledge, wisdom, etc.
but, i guess we're talking money. For me, i want to be what i consider comfortable.
For me, that's probably a lot of money. My first goal is to be debt free. I need about $80K to get out from under my school loans. We have only $900 in credit card debt that we're slowly getting rid of (it was for emergency auto repair and groceries). ultimately, we want to live within our means and able to invest a decent portion of our income for later years and so on.
Then, i want to be able to purchase all organic, biodynamic foods and not worry about the costs. If i were to go completely organic/biodynamic now, it would cost ryan and i about $200 to $250 per week to eat simply because we eat so much raw produce which is really expensive when you buy organic. We'd love to be able to just go grocery shopping without weighing what we need to cut out this week, or what we can buy not organic to save money.
Next, I don't want a big house, but i would like two smaller houses in two locations--probably one where ever i decide to settle and one near family. If i decide to settle near family, then i want my second place to be in denmark. I want both to be environmentally friendly, so i'd probably have to convert older homes or build new ones.
Next, the issue of travel. I love to travel and i want to be able to travel relatively frequently--particularly for my thai yoga massage and yoga education. that means india and thailand predominently. husband loves europe and wants to explore the middle east. we also have a strong interest in asia, particularly japan and bhutan. we do want to visit manchu pichu, but otherwise have very little interest in central and south america. i've been to africa, and i'm not sure i have any desire to return. Perhaps eventually. Anyway, exploring, travelling, is something that i really want to do which means that 1. i need enough money to travel and 2. i need enough time to travel (which means i have to be able to "take off" from work for 4 weeks or more without worrying about income losses). Also, if we live away from family, i want to make sure that we have money enough to see them at least twice a year--not necessarily during holidays.
I basicly want to make enough money to afford the sort of lifestyle that i want to lead. I think it would take more than $80k a year to do this. i think i will be wealthy. But for me, i guess that's what i call comfortable. i dunno.
i feel like anyone who can do these sorts of things: own a large home, two cars, have two kids, send them to private school, buy fancy clothes and jewelry on impulse, attend any yoga thing they want without thinking about it, travel anywhere without thinking about it, are wealthy people. While there are many things that they do that i don't want to (such as status seeking, etc), i consider these people wealthy. And, i plan on being somehwat similar. different too, though, because many of my own values are a bit different.
there ya go. make sense? probably not.