The Less You Own, The More You Have
The less you own, the more you have. Ask most people what they want out of life and its usually the same three things: more money, more time and less stress. At a TEDx talk a few years back writer Angela Horn explained that while most people desire these three things they don't believe that they are attainable. Living a debt-free lifestyle is a lot more tangible than people may think. When we spend without thinking and live beyond our means we often times find ourselves stressed out and living paycheck to paycheck. Its only after we get rid of the clutter and stop buying just for buying's sake that we will begin to attain a sense of financial peace and freedom.
By reducing your monthly overheads, you are left with money than can be used towards doing things that you had always desired to do but never seemed to have the time (i.e. traveling or trying out a new activity). You also have the opportunity to explore new career options such as going free-lance or taking a sabbatical!
The less you own, the simpler your life and the more time you have. Time that can be used for doing the things that you value and enjoy but just never seemed to get around to (i.e. reading, taking that yoga class, cooking, spending time with your kids).
Stuff makes life unnecessarily complicated. A larger house just means "more to clean, more to maintain and more to fix when things go wrong. The less you own, the less you have to worry about." This decrease in stress is due more than to owning less stuff but also the decrease that you now have in your monthly overheads.
1.) Get rid of at least one thing that you no longer love or use, everyday for 3 months. After the first few days most people find that they are able to shed several items as they begin to see and feel the freedom of less.
2.) Stop buying just for buying's sake. No matter what marketers tell you you won't find happiness in possessions. Sure you may get a sudden high upon first purchase but it won't last.
A quick glance at her home address and list of professions, most would be quick to see that Sheena Jeffers is seizing life. It was about a year ago that Sheena and her boyfriend Ryan sold their home and belongings, and moved onto their 43-foot catamaran boat which they appropriately named "Seas Life". Instead of being tied down, they are making room for peace in their lives... traveling and discovering more about themselves, the world, and their life purpose.
Y'all have been asking, so today I'm finally sharing with you the resources that I initially used to learn about minimalism and simplifying my life. The concept of "minimalism" had been buzzing around for a year or so before I finally decided to look into it to see what it was all about.
When my mom suggested that we limit of our gift giving this year and instead focus more on doing things as a family, I jumped at the opportunity. The older I get the more and more I crave quality time with loved ones because I know that life is short; and that our memories will last forever.
One of the great things about eating seasonally is that it provides us the chance to experience new flavors and to benefit from vitamins and minerals that we might not have received earlier in the year. The flavors of the produce in season are also much more satisfying as they have just been harvested during their natural season.
Living a debt-free lifestyle is a lot more tangible than people may think. When we spend without thinking and live beyond our means we often times find ourselves stressed out and living paycheck to paycheck. Its only after we get rid of the clutter and stop buying just for buying's sake that we will begin to attain a sense of financial peace and freedom.
A friend of mine recently asked a question on her Instagram stories: "Help! What do I do with my kids' artwork?" Not having kids of my own I didn't have an answer for her but was curious as to what the response would be. Like her, a lot of parents find that their kids are bringing home at least one to two pieces of artwork per day.
It’s easy to view these boundaries as burdens, as robbers of fun however when we stay within in them on a consistent basis, we learn to love the authority that they encourage. We have a sense of peace.
"I've learned to have the mindset that nothing is too precious", she explained. If a piece isn't working out she'll subsequently go over it or throw it out. She doesn't feel the need to hold on.
I am a believer that we all have to get to a place where we are broken and realize that "somethings gotta' give" before we ready to make a change. We're all marathon runners at heart but after a while our legs are going to give out. We all get to this point eventually because we are human.
Coffee shops and our phones are just a couple examples of distractions or "noise", that we encounter on a daily basis. This "noise" can disguise itself in many forms, from physical possessions and interior spaces, to the thoughts that we play on repeat.
Friends, it took me a long time to get to this point. For most of my childhood and early adult years I was a complete pack-rat. I would hold onto clothes, gifts, home décor accents, and family heirlooms that I no longer used, desired, or needed for fear of three things.
There is something freeing about traveling light; about being able to pick up your bags and go. Just as we can become weighed down by our possessions at home (physically, mentally, and emotionally), so too can we when we travel.
This 362 square foot home is tucked inside the quiet, artistic streets of Venice, California and is home to Whitney Leigh Morris and Adam Morris, along with their two pups and baby boy, West... By only having what they use and love, they are able to make their small space work. Whitney's motto is that: you don't have to live large to live beautifully.
I really latched onto the idea of "shedding" things and "minimalism" a couple of years ago, after learning of the author, blogger, and speaker, Joshua Becker, of Becoming Minimalist. Hearing his story about discovering minimalism and how it changed his life, really struck a cord with me and propelled me on this journey of seeing minimalism as more than just a trend...
The journey of minimizing was not always an easy one. While my husband was kind enough to get on board early on he was not always as inclined to get rid of things as quickly as I was.