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Journey to a Simpler Life: It’s Just Begun

Why Simplify? THIS is a loaded question. There are so many reasons that I have chosen the path of simplification & elimination. My reasons are different from D’s, and his reasons may be different from yours. He’s been on this journey and road longer than I have, however, to get real results I now see that we need to be on the same mission at the same time. I am happy to say that we have finally arrived. It is scary and exciting all at the same time. I am excited to share my journey and personal process as well as progress with you. I am thrilled to get back to a place where I feel life isn’t as crazy, a place where I used to be back when I was just starting out and still wore rose colored glasses. I was reminded of this when I was going through photos and saw this one of D and our two oldest children. This was a time when life seemed much simpler, much slower. We had no debt hanging over our head and plenty of quality time with one another.

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I feel it is time to streamline my life and take it in a different direction. This is a direction that I have felt growing inside me each day for the past four years. I can’t do the things I want fully and completely while I am living in this current state of owning so much and being scattered in every which way. I have tried, but it is impossible for me because my life is out of balance. I’ve realized that there will have to be a lot of changes in my life or I will never reach my goals. So I am ready to take some drastic measures. I am also speaking of spiritual, physical, and emotional goals that can only be achieved by having a much simpler life where I have more time. I’m eager and ready to see results of fulfilling dreams that have been put on hold for years. I feel like I am beginning a new journey that the Lord has slowly been preparing me for. I feel like the universe is saying, “Your time has come, now GO FOR IT!”

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D’s reason is more about money than time. But aren’t those the biggest problems we are faced with? We can work and work to pay for things that we don’t have time to enjoy. Or we may have all the time in the world but not enough work to pay for things we would like to enjoy. Together Doug and I have learned a lot through the school of hard knocks. We had the great jobs, the big house, the vacation home, the nice cars. But we didn’t have the quality time; and the stress of the sheer amount of things to take care of was overwhelming. We found ourselves not as happy as we had expected. {Read my post here: Smaller House = Bigger Life}

When we moved from Seattle to Dallas four years ago we decided to downsize. And we did. That was the first step and first thought of simplifying our lives. We knew we wanted a smaller and more manageable home, less of a house payment, and more quality time with our children. I won’t say that doing those things didn’t work, because it did. We absolutely changed some things and met our goals. Our relationships with our children became better in this smaller home. But then something happened, life became out of balance, D was laid off from his job and we were set on a path that would widen our eyes and change our lives even more.

During those six months of unemployment that turned into two years of self employment, we began to fine tune our budget down to the very penny. Shutting off cable, going without a lot of the finer things in life, like eating out and vacations. sacrificing the hardest things for me, like having money to visit my two new grandson’s who were born. We discovered many things, the most important was that we were paying way too much in the form of two dirty words I term as “house payment”. Life was hard, but through the crazy and ugly times we found ourselves being grateful that we were enlightened with the knowledge that we just don’t want to live like this any more. We are tired of debt and how it can and will rear its ugly head up at the most inconvenient times. We’ve said NO MORE. We’ve decided that we need to change and become debt free, even at the cost of being uncomfortable. Because living on the very edge of our income is not living the way we want to live. And we would both rather have less than cary the burdens of debt for several more years. So thus begins our journey to where we are today.

And so it begins. I use the term begin because I have a feeling that this is the hardest part that I have just begun walking. The part where I decide to purge most of my belongings. You see, we are moving again. This time a new job and in a new place. We’ve bought a small town home and are going to try to do this downsizing thing again. But this time we are doing it differently. This time we are leaving almost everything behind and starting over. Buying even smaller. Living even simpler.

Will the third time be the charm? We certainly hope so.Β But first I’ve got to get through getting rid of all this STUFF, which is really HARD…

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But there has been some GOOD that has come out of this journey already…

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And right now I think I will post this and get back to finally finishing going through this kitchen. I can’t wait until the entire house is done & packed up. I have three weeks to touch everything I own, feel the emotions, have some breakdowns, sell, and donate. The journey really has just begun…

Join my series of articles on my journey to a simpler life:

Donating My Clothes Made A Better Me

How To Make Moving Easier

Smaller House = Bigger Life

Simplify Your Kitchen & Your Life

Journey to a Simpler Life

All You Need is LESS

Halloween Decor Simplified

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