I Had No Idea
When we decided to start a financial journey to paying off our debt and becoming financial free, I had no idea how my life would change. Don’t get me wrong. I knew we would stop a lot of shopping, eating out, ect…. What I didn’t know was how much happier I’d become once I started to get rid of stuff. Normally you would think the more stuff you have, the better. Who doesn’t want 50 purses, 100 pairs of shoes, two closets filled with clothes, ect….?
Let me back up. When we started our journey, I started to sell a lot of my belongings. I accumulated a lot over the years since I was a beauty and fashion blogger (and shopaholic). Initially, I only did it to bring in more side hustle money to contribute to paying off our debt faster. I had no idea about the sense of freedom that I would get doing this. In the beginning, I started to notice how I was feeling. Why was I more happy about getting rid of stuff than the little side money I was making? What the hell was wrong with me? Gradually, I started freeing up more and more space……in my beauty room, garage, and around the house. Now I’m to the point, that damn near everything has to go. (Not really, but almost lol!)
Learning about minimalism has really helped me understand why I feel the way I do. We may not even realize it, but too often we start to become attached to material things. It’s not like we do it on purpose. We purchased things. We enjoy them at first, then we get bored. Before we realize it, we’re off to the next purchase. It becomes a cycle which leads us to taking away from bigger things like investing for retirement.
In Love With Simple Living
I have mentioned slowing down before in this article, but it had nothing to do with finances or as a lifestyle. During this time in my life, I was referring only to taking a break, not slowing down my life completely. I was on to something then, but didn’t realize what I really needed. I know everything happens exactly when it’s suppose to happen. I also believe that what is meant for you or meant for you to do will never be an opportunity missed. Today, in my life, I’ve found a new love of:
- enjoying non-materialistic things.
- the art slowing down.
- loving what I already have.
- relationships and play time.
As of now my plans are to sell and use up as much “stuff” as I can. Right now I am in a good position because I have plenty of products to go through (from being a beauty blogger) that will last me a long time. This reminds me of the youtube challenge where many vloggers was challenging themselves to use up all of their beauty products. I might share my empties with you. Let me know your suggestions in the comments below.