Having been living on very little for the past year or so I’ve learned a lot about different areas where I could minimize. Cutting back on groceries, clipping coupons and pinching pennies are just a few areas where I have really made vast improvements. Combine that along with my other posts about ditching a huge percentage of my personal belongings; I’ve become quite a different person from what I was.
One thing I didn’t expect to learn was areas where I could stand to take in and keep a little more. Areas that we sometimes take for granted.
Limiting my at home entertainment has forced me back outside. No computer or video games. No TV to stare at and virtually no “home improvement” projects. I quickly ran out of things to do at home. Before I knew it I was out hiking at some of my favorite spots this last summer. I also dug my bike out of the garage and pumped up the tires. I was meeting new people and knocking back a few with old friends, all areas in which one can improve and afford to have an abundance of.
While out hiking I was able to get some killer photos, another past time of mine. I then shared those photos with friends, which sparked some amazing conversations about their adventures. While riding my bike I was able to get back into better shape and re-learned how to do some basic mechanic work as well. Which in turn lead me to the job I have now working for an outdoor gear company. There again, I was able to make some new friends at my new job.
New friends, exercise, hiking and exploring. All of these I can never get enough of. New adventures are what keep me going. Learning a new skill, meeting an interesting person, or even just seeing something in a new light for the first time makes shedding the extra weight in my life well worth it.
Another thing to think about is your family. Some may have a ton and others not so many. I fall in the not so many category. Family is something we only get so much of and once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. Take the time and effort to show them that you care. Not just because it’s the holidays or just because it’s someone’s birthday. Take it upon yourself to spend some quality time with them. Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, kids, etc. The rewards will come back to you 1o times what you put in.
So go explore and share with the world what you have found.