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Right-Size Living

By April 3, 2020May 20th, 2020No Comments

Well it seems that while things are changing by the hour, definitely by the day. One thing is for sure, it is change and I am settling in for the long haul.

Settling in for the long haul knowing that life as we know it will never again be the same. I am not sure what people are expecting, but I suspect many think that things will be normal again. The reality is that it will not, something of this magnitude never is. I don’t know what the world will look like afterward, I cannot even pretend to predict. It will not be too much a stretch to adjust to the changes that will come down after things have flattened out. This is thanks in large part to a simplified life created for myself and family.

Let’s imagine for a moment what life would be like if we were not to live beyond our means and trying to be something we are not. This is what I call “right-size living.” This is related to stuff and the way in which we think about life and the decisions we make that affect the idea of right size living.

Let’s begin with stuff: What if you didn’t own a car? Or if that is not possible, what if you owned one ecology-friendly car like a Prius. What would life be like? Maybe it might feel like an inconvenience at first having to carpool with your S.O. (significant other) or partner. You would adjust, I am sure. But think about the money you would save cutting down on insurance, gas and maintenance.

What if you paid off your credit card debt and only bought what you could afford to buy using cash? What would life look like if you didn’t have to worry about carrying over the credit card debt from one month to the next paying high interest rates?

What if you lived in a smaller manageable sized living space paying less rent or a lower mortgage? What would your life look like if you only bought that things you needed for the space and not what you wanted? Or better yet, what if you were to buy used or antique furniture that could be cheaper than new not having to use your credit card and go into debt?

What if you changed your thinking about the environment and sustainability rather than feel like you are free to do whatever you wanted?

What would life feel like if you were to have less stress about work because it is no longer about paying for stuff you want or paying off debt.

What would life feel like with less stress? Would you eat less? Drink less? Exercise more? Take more time to be with family and friends? Maybe you would change your lifestyle, one that supports your new thinking about being right sized.

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