I moved about a month ago to a smaller house, with fewer rooms and less square footage. It’s also not sitting on 5 acres (so I guess I have to re-write my “About” page!) – in fact, it’s a townhouse, so I don’t even really have a yard.
I’ve sold several cars and there are more up on Craigslist. Plus ATV’s of various shapes and sizes.
We had 4 TV’s w/ cable boxes, now we have 2 (one in the living room and one in my bedroom). Same thing with computers – had a ton of ‘em, now there’s 2 in the house (one for me and one for my husband).
I gave away a truckload (literally) of books to the library, and another truckload of clothes. We filled two dumpsters trashing other stuff (pannini grill? GONE! Gazelle? GONE! etc.) out of the old house.
Many of the things I once wanted – like a 5 acre farm nestled somewhere between oblivion and obscurity – I’ve since moved on from. It’s no longer what I wanted, but I somehow felt “stuck” in it, like,”This is ours now, so we have to take care of it….” And let me tell you, 5 acres is a lot of work!
The day I realized I didn’t necessarily have to stay there forever (DUH!) I starting preparing to move.
Because THAT freedom is the beauty of the “internet marketing lifestyle.” If there’s an internet connection, I’m working. We could live anywhere.
J-REEZY GOES HOMELESS
John Reese sent out an email message today about his own downgrading – he’s reduced his belongings to fit in a single backpack and sold off everything else, including his home!
Funny how people might be thinking the same things about their lives (like he and I were) without even speaking about it, blogging about it, etc. I know a few other folks in the business who are similarly liquidating and freeing themselves from the possessions they no longer need or want.
Maybe you’re thinking about it too?
POSSESSIONS AS RESPONSIBILITIES
I realized my whole family has acquired a lot of crap we don’t love, care for, need or even want anymore. Time to purge, time to pare down to the bare essentials and really simplify.
We have to remember that possessions aren’t a representation of ourselves. We don’t need to display works of literature on our shelves to show or prove we are learned people, or own many cars to display our wealth, etc. We also don’t need to save broken, old, damaged or unloved items “just in case” because this is a scarcity mentality hidden under the veil of being frugal.
The freedom that comes from this business is an incredible freedom. You work as much as you’d like, sometimes more, sometimes less. You earn what you put into it. You live anywhere, you vacation anywhere. You make incredible friends and are given opportunities and experiences you once could have only imagined.
But then sometimes we kill that freedom by burdening ourselves with lots of responsibilities in the way of possessions, or on the form of social and business obligations we really don’t care for but feel like we “have” to do.
THE EMPTY NEST
I decided not to take any of my old furniture with to the new house. Most of it has been beat up on and abused by small children for 7 years and it showing its age.
The day after we moved, I went to a local Ashley Furniture store, purchased everything we’d need for the new, smaller home. They said it would be here Monday (4 days later). It’s been 3 1/2 weeks now, still no furniture.
I could be really pissed. Sometimes when my kids are sitting at the kitchen island eating their dinner and I’m hovering over a counter with no place to sit I kinda am. A dining room table or a couch would be helpful!
But the furniture WILL get here eventually, even if they’re dragging their feet. And my getting upset about it only adds another element to my life that I have to “deal” with – in this case, I’d have to manage the emotion of being upset.
Plus, my family and I have had the benefit of getting by with little more than our clothes, toiletries and dishes to eat from for nearly a month. And that’s not a bad lesson to learn – everything else is really just a comfort.
We’ll really love those couches when they DO get here!
HOW TO HAVE FREEDOM
In order to enjoy the freedom that life gives you, you must not be mired down with unnecessary possessions, unnecessary social or business obligations or unnecessary emotions.
Simply remove those that are not serving you well.
Same goes with your business. Those sites, techniques, email subscriptions or tools that aren’t directly propelling you towards your end goal should be eliminated.
When only the things that are important and functional are in front of you, then you will only focus on and spend your time on the things that are important and functional.
You’ll reach your goals faster, enjoy the things you love and have time to experience the life you really want to live.
What can you eliminate today, personally and professionally?