I've started to realize what's more important in life, and what I can just do without. Having a brand new car every 3-4 years? Not necessary. Needing the brand new version of the iPhone every single year? Again, incredibly unnecessary. By getting into the habit and learning to appreciate all that I have, it’s keeping me from avoiding feeling inadequate. For far too long I felt like I was working just so keep up with a lifestyle I thought was important. My vision board (more about this later) had images of Ferraris, 6,000 sq ft mansions full of abstract art, and infinity pools, and even the picture of a private jet.
I have always been someone to have ambitious goals and dreams, but as my previous blog post stated my priorities have shifted. When I picture my life three years from now, I now picture a modest < 1500 sq ft home that I may or may not renovate. I have all intentions of buying out my 2015 Mazda 3 (because it’s still a kickass car), and finally becoming debt free! Honestly, I’m most excited about the debt free part. Once I get my debt paid off, I have plans to do all the traveling I wish I was doing over the last 10 years.
As I’ve done a lot of inner-reflections over the last few months, I understood one important pattern I would constantly experience. Whenever I had the nagging want for a toy like a new drone, iPad, or Apple Watch I would find a way to get. Once I finally had it in my hands, the excitement that I once felt before I bought it would fade, and it indeed never brought me as much joy as I thought it would. By recognizing this cycle, and reminding myself of the feelings I would feel I have since broken the cycle.
In addition to being okay with not having the newest and greatest gadgets and material objects; I’m also trying to cut down on what I have in my life. I’m making decisions that are more intentional. With that, I have been working on cutting down the decisions I have to make. In the morning I would spend too much time making the decision of what I’d wear for the day, whereas now I spend less than a minute deciding what to wear because I have a few comfortable shirts I wear throughout the week and a couple pairs of good jeans.
It feels completely liberating changing my lifestyle. It’s allowed me to focus on more important things and has greatly reduced my stress since I no longer worry about mundane decisions, and no longer experience buyers remorse. I feel incredibly grateful for what I have, and it feels good knowing I can do fully enjoy life with less than I previously believed. So I challenge you to this. What are five decisions or material objects you can give up? Things that don’t bring you any additional value to your life, and you can live without? Feel free to share in the comments below!