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Light Life Stories: The Odoms

This is a very special family whom I’ve still yet to actually meet in person, but our hearts have knit together on each of our own “Light Life Journeys.” Meet Andrew and Crystal Odom and their adorable little girl, who are former “tiny house dwellers” and are in the process of making the switch over to full time RV life. Read about their story into debt and their current journey out and how they are reclaiming their freedom and their lives through living light. They remind us all to live intentionally, that it is possible live small and love it, and the importance of  reclaiming our lives back from the grip of American culture and it’s pre-occupation with status and defining our lives by material possessions. I know you will find their lives and their story so encouraging and inspiring, just as we have.
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The first home I owned cost just at $52,000. For that price I got a 2-bedroom, 1-bath, fixer-upper that was on .35 acre in the middle of a post-war neighborhood in Norfolk, VA. It was built in 1953 at a time when America was reestablishing itself. Men had returned home from the war and were now firmly rooted in their post-war career. Women were homemakers and mothers, not CEOs and business owners. Homebuyers were encouraged to look to the future and stretch themselves as far as they could to buy a house. It made more sense then.

Fast forward to 2009.

The nation had been in a recession for nearly three years and unemployment hovered at a thirty year high. The real estate market had recently tanked and homes were considered a risky investment if not a ridiculous one. Many homeowners were waking up to find themselves stuck in a vicious cycle of working to pay for the house they sleep at at night and live in only long enough to get up and do it all again the following day. The average home size in the United States was a bloated 2,670 sq.ft. and in 2010 we would see 2,871,891 foreclosures alone! The world had indeed changed from just a decade or two before.

Somewhere along the line the American Dream became defined by owning more stuff than your neighbor and having more than those around you. Many times that meant relying on credit cards with lofty interest rates. But was that the way to go? Was that the new truth? Did my new bride and I need a bigger house, a better car, or a large salary to find happiness? And just what was this elusive happiness we had been conditioned to believe in? Would it come about when we sacrificed our dreams for the pursuit of stuff?

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On February 21, 2009 I married Crystal in the mountains of North Georgia. It was a small wedding in what would be one of our first financial decisions together, as a couple. We invited less than a handful of people and got married in front of the fireplace at the cabin we were staying in. Our officiant was a lifelong friend of mine and an ordained minister. Our photographer doubled as my best man. My sister was the maid of honor and our reception was little more than finger food found locally and a bottle of champagne. Our total cost was just under $1000 (including my wife’s dress which we found on eBay). At that point though saving that $1k was a huge deal. Along with my hand in marriage and a promise of for better or for worse I also came with just over $40,000 in consumer debt. For the past 14-16 months I had been trying to keep a struggling business afloat, living off credit cards, and using retail therapy to help me cope.

I was a financial mess and being so would color our immediate future.

Almost immediately after getting married we began to figure out our next step. Both being raised in the South we felt like a good truck, a “starter” house, a kid or two, and perhaps a membership in the local congregation would be the ticket. We were stopped short though when we searching for the house. We had found a cute little bungalow in town that was listed at $86,000. It needed work but we were up for the challenge. When we sat down with the lending agent though we could sense things were about to change. With my salary of just $10/hour for 40-hour weeks and Crystal working only seasonally at the local college we weren’t prepared to hear that we had qualified for a home loan of $179,000. It was a dream come true! As a man I was beside myself with pride knowing I could buy the house my wife and I wanted and provide as I had been taught to do. After just 48 hours though my wife told me she had good news and bad news. I opted for the good news first. She told me we could buy the house. I couldn’t imagine any bad news then. Turns out we could buy the house but we would have to sell our car, eat just 3 meals a week, do without lights, and possibly shower at the local gym because water would not be an option for us. The American Dream had let us down and was even willing to suck us in even more. We did the only thing we knew to do. We started praying about a new situation; a new opportunity!

That opportunity came in the form of a 190 sq.ft. house built with rustic charm and set up on a tandem axle trailer. Pictured on the website of Tumbleweed Tiny Homes it look near perfect for us. After all, we had met as missionaries and had for years lived in backpacks, guest rooms, and questionable accommodations. This hand-built mini-mansion would allow us to skirt around a mortgage, have an interesting and stylish home, be mobile, and work towards better financial decisions (which by this point meant paying off the debt I brought to the table).

From late-2009 until even now my wife and I have worked hard at simplifying our lives. We have minimized the number of clothes we own, the types of food we eat, our dependency on cars, the number of square feet we need to exist indoors, the amount of books we surround ourselves with, the number of CDs and DVDs we buy (largely for one-time use), and the overall debt we have amassed.

In this exchange we have maximized our quality of life, our love for each other, our concern for the world around us, our ideas of entertainment, our health (mentally and physically), and our general dispositions. Things didn’t stop with just a dream though.

310490_10150870938305151_1906189448_nIn 2012 we broke ground (or should I say rolled in our trailer) on what would become our home. After researching a number of tiny house trailers, small homes, cottages, tee pees, yurts, and other non-traditional structures, we settled on a single-level, 240 sq.ft. tiny house trailer built on a 30′ long by 8′ wide, tandem axle trailer. We were also working on the size of our family having added our daughter to the mix in 2011. Our debt had been over half paid off, I was working a new and more lucrative job, we had spent much time in prayer and meditation discerning need -vs- want, and we had saved money to begin our build.

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3The entire process took nearly 14 months and is intricately documented over at Tiny r(E)volution but on January 3, 2013 we officially moved in to our tiny house. Our dreams were coming true and while the real estate market had been steadily bouncing back and the job market was getting better we were focused on a new American Dream. We were focused on OUR American Dream.

In the definition of the American Dream by James Truslow Adams in 1931, “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” regardless of social class or circumstances of birth. Ours sounded more like “life will be better for us because we realize that our life is a gift from God meant to be lived investing in others and the world around us. Our opportunity should be one without monetary value and presented to us in accordance to our giftings and our passions.” We had been passionate about getting out of debt so we honed in on the problems, outlined a solution, and dove in. We had been passionate about a home that fit our needs so we created plan and built a house. We had been passionate about having a small family so even in our mid-30s we enjoyed the blessing(s) God gave us as a couple and then in the form of a beautiful baby girl. None of these took place because we are holier than thou or because we worked harder than anyone else or because we are in anyway more exceptional than anyone else. They took place because we believed in them, we believed in ourselves, and we wanted a life free of obligation and consumer stress.

10494740_574324878336_7099352784910747276_nAs I write this we are now living in our “new to us” 27′ Aruba travel trailer preparing to become full-time nomads (my employment allows me to be location independent) and experience the nation as God lays out for us. We have reduced our consumer debt to just a handful of payments (I can literally count them on one hand), a small loan for our travel trailer, and a truck payment for the beautiful and reliable truck we just financed to tote us around the US. Our living room has become wherever the sun rises and sets and we have found in each other a love deeper than we ever thought possible. Our daughter is about to turn 3 and has no idea that we aren’t exactly….well, “normal.” She is smart and well adjusted and is slowly learning the lessons it took her old man thirty years to catch on to.

Money can’t buy happiness. Credit can’t change your mood. But friends, love, and laughter – all blessings from above – can make your days worth living and your adventures more exciting!

 

AboutDrewFounder of Tiny r(E)volution and author of the popular book ‘Your Message Here :: GAINING CORPORATE SPONSORS for your tiny house project‘, Andrew Odom is a social media strategist and content crusader amongst other things. He is also an accomplished photojournalist with work seen in Details, Relevant, South, Kitchen Drawer, and Tiny House Magazine. His proudest accomplishment however is his adoption and current advocacy of the tiny house/small house/unconventional house community as a designer, builder, and dweller. Having recently sold their 240 sq.ft. tiny house Andrew and his wife (as well as his 3-year old daughter) live and travel in a 27’ Aruba travel trailer.

You can follow them on Instagram @tinyrevolution

We welcome you to leave any questions, comments or well wishes for the Odoms in the comment section below!

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An Invitation To LIVE With Us!

Do you ever find yourself sitting online with your chin in your hand watching other people actually living their lives instead of simply letting life live them and think to yourself, “Geez, I wish my life actually felt like LIVING and less like surviving!”

Well, here’s your chance to change that a bit!

Let me explain.

When we started this blog, even greater than simply keeping the world update to date about our adventures, was our desire to add value to lives of all who connect with us, whether in person or online, by answering your concerns, giving ideas and inspiring you to live a fuller, richer life. Not for this to only be a one way street in which you have a convenient window seat into our lives, but a place to actually engage with you!

Our Light Life adventures are about so much more than just us. From day one is have been our sincere desire to cultivate a thriving community here that is life-enriching to all people from all walks of life, not just RVers or minimalists.

As a result, our community is ever growing and we wanted to tell let you all in in advance on some pretty exciting things coming up on The Light Life Blog.

Here are just a few of the uniquely informative, fun things coming up!

  • A special Light Life Blog series that you won’t want to miss
  • Honest interviews with others living a light life
  • Video blog in which we will take you through a day in our light life!
  • Continuing Q & A in which we continue to honestly answer our most asked questions about minimalism, living small and life on the road
  • Tips and advice for current, soon to be or aspiring RVers!
  • The truth about what we’ve learned from our near first year living in a tiny space and on the road
  • A nice little giveaway…..or two that trust us – you DON’T WANT TO MISS!

So much of it will happen right here on the blog but some will be seen exclusively on Facebook & Instagram. So we want to kindly invite you to join in and connect with us on our social media channels so you don’t miss out on any of the fun! Cause we are probably the most spontaneous family you know and you just never know what you might get with us!  😉

So click on any of the three social media links below and connect fully with us. It’s that easy and you’re in! No membership dues or invasive sign up forms to fill out! So click away, take a breath of fresh air and consider yourself part of the Light Life Community!

*{in order to qualify to win the giveaways you must be connected with us on at least 2 out of three social media channels}

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So, now that you’ve connected with us, we’d love it if you’d stop by and say “Hi!

Now that you’re on board, fasten your seat belts as you come along with us on this journey! We are so excited and grateful to take your along on this adventure with us and to engage with you even more!

Welcome to The Light Life! Where you can leave the hustle and bustle of the rat race far behind you, free yourself from the bondage of stuff , declutter your mind and free yourself to LIVE.

Breathe in and out deeply…….

Now you’re going places.

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The One Thing I Would Change About Christmas

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Just as soon as we pulled up to our camp site from our trip back to NC for Thanksgiving, by the bright and cheery looks of our camper it was definitely officially the Christmas season! I have always loved this time of year. Everything just seems brighter and more joyful at Christmastime. Besides, I love anything that gives excuses to decorate, eat good food and hang out with those I love.

20131203-103715.jpgMaybe I’m a bit of a sap, but I’m definitely a sucker for all of the magic that the Christmas season brings! Hunting down the perfect tree, decorating, making salt dough ornaments and drinking hot chocolate with my kids while listening to Christmas music – I’m a huge fan of Christmastime!

All except for one thing…

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Don’t get me wrong, who doesn’t enjoy the joy on their children’s faces as they frantically tear into carefully selected gifts on Christmas morning, believing Santa definitely came this year? I do too.

Even our kids got back to the camper and got straight to work making their lists to mail to the North Pole, still there is a silent part of me that wishes that none of it was about the gifts at all.

20131203-103654.jpgHow odd it is that the entire month following a day to be Thankful for all that we have is spent deliberating what more things we can buy. Over the past few days post Thanksgiving, I’ve found myself wishing we could just hang onto all that came with Thanksgiving and carry it straight into the Christmas holidays, adding nothing more than holiday music, trees and a few lights.

My side of the family decided not to exchange gifts at all this year. And honestly, I breathed a huge sigh of relief realizing I couldn’t be more excited about the freedom to get together for feasts with those I love without the complication and pressure on us all over “the stuff hunt”.

Sometimes gift giving feels more like a ridiculous form of money swap that threatens to take our attention off all the things that truly matter, giving it away to all of the plastic, shiny objects that will likely have been forgotten by next year and will surely never matter at all in the end.

I’ve had a few ask me what I would like for Christmas this year, and I have struggled to give an answer. Because I truly can’t think of one single thing that would add anything significant to my life.

If I could, if there is one thing I would change about Christmas, it is the unspoken loss we experience in our endless quest for gain.

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Call me a Scrooge or a Grinch – but it is no secret to those who know me well that it wouldn’t hurt my feelings one single bit if we all just did away with the whole gift giving thing completely.

But we don’t….because I think we all sort of unintentionally get sucked into the trap of  just doing what we’ve always done, or what we feel like we should because everyone else does.

What we don’t realize is that our culture has programmed our minds towards materialism, which oddly enough is the one thing that steals everything that is good from our lives.

We have exchanged financial freedom & the time to invest in our families for the stuff of landfills.

But I’m willing to bet that if most of us were completely honest, we would love to be free to imagine the possibility that this season could be a bit more simple and light. Less about material gain and more about all of the only things that ever really mattered in the first place.

This is the one thing I would change about the most perfectly wonderful holiday ever.

Own less, live fully, travel light.

 

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How To Sell Your Stuff {An Odd Pre-Black Friday Post}

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Yes, I admit that it’s super ironic and a bit funny that Black Friday is this week and I’m writing a post on how to get rid of stuff. {chuckle!} But this year after making the decision to leave our home months ago to live on the road full time, if there is one thing I know how to do well, it is minimize and get rid of stuff!

Next to how we make a living on the road, the next most asked question I get from those aspiring to minimize their lives so that they can be free to hit the road full-time is:

How do I even begin to go about getting rid of all our belongings?

Trust me, I get it. Just the thought alone of figuring out what to do with all the you’ve stuff collected over years of time is monumental and overwhelming. But let me promise you, it can be done. I know because I did it in 3 months mostly by myself as my husband worked away from home out of town.

And if you’re planning to sell your home and live on the road full-time for more than a year or two, in my opinion it’s something that should be done.

When we decided to go let go of our home and live on the road full time for a few years, there are a couple of reasons we sold our belongings instead of hanging onto them. *with the exception of a few sentimental, heirloom pieces and the necessities we took with us.

  • It made no sense to waste money for monthly storage fees on stuff that is not currently serving a purpose and won’t be for at least a few years.
  • Almost nothing we buy is brand new (including clothes) and we have never financed anything inside of our home, so everything in it could be easily replaced without feeling as though we had lost money. ALL of our furniture been been purchased from resale shops, Craigslist or handed down to us.
  • Tastes and style trends change over time, so when we decide to settle down again we know that we will enjoy the thrill of the hunt in decorating a new place with treasures we like at that current time. Part of the fun to me is making any new space reflect our tastes as a family!

So here are a few pointers on HOW we sold 90% of our possessions before we left out for our new life of wide open spaces in our RV, and how you can do it too!

1. Images – VERY IMPORTANT: Take pictures of all individual items you’d like to sell or give away with your camera or smartphone. (group smaller items together) This will give you your “inventory” of all that you are getting rid of and will help you a great deal in selling things so that you don’t have to have eighteen yard sales to get it all gone! No matter where you are going to list things, posts with images and honest descriptions SELL. Listings of any kind without images don’t get much attention because people won’t take the time to inquire about something they can’t see right then and there.

2. Facebook – Most people have never thought about Facebook as a tool to be able to sell their stuff. However, I did it and it was by far THE most effective tool we used in getting rid of our stuff. Here’s how I did it. Once I had taken all my pictures with my camera phone I went to my own profile and “created an album”. I named ours “ENTIRE HOUSE SELL – PLEASE BUY OUR STUFF!!!!” Then I uploaded each item’s image along with a clear, written description of what the item was and the asking price.

2. Craigslist – This is an obvious one that works about 40% of the time. Though not a sure fire way to get it all gone, it’s worth using. I created individual posts for large items and put pictures of grouped items in separate posts of their own. Of course you’ll need to be careful about how you deal with people of course as Craigslist can be sketchy.

3. Ebay – Personally, this is least favorite way to sell items of this sort and one I did not choose to use. But it does work if you’re willing to deal with online buyers and going to the post office to ship items.

3. Local Yard sale sites – Most cities have a local yard sale site or local sell/trade Facebook groups. They are invaluable and you can or course upload images of your items when you post to them. Just be sure and abide by the rules of the site you are using so you don’t get kicked out.  😉

4. Yard sales – We had 2 very large yard sales that were both huge successes. My feelings about what made our yard sales work well was in how we advertised. I advertised our yard sales (with images) daily for up to 2-3 days before the event on Craigslist, Facebook, local yard sale/trade & sell sites and even local homeschool groups. (everyone knows homeschoolers love great deals on just about anything!)

  • The other two suggestions for successful yard sales are location and size. If you don’t live in a easily trafficked, visible location, consider moving your yard sale location to a place in which people will be more prone to traffic it. Also, if you don’t have many items to sell but still have some things to get rid of, consider combining yard sales with a few other families. Big yard sales always attract lots more shoppers!

5. Open House Sell – This is sort of like an estate sell, except luckily, you don’t have to be dead to have one. An open house sell is just a sale in which you set a specific time and date to open up your home to friends, family and the general public if you wish. Again, advertising is the key to making any event like this successful. Also, images in the your advertising so that they at least have a preview of some of the things that will be available are a great idea to peak their desire to take the time to drive out to your home to look around! Advertise this the same as you would a normal yard sale.

6. Charity – If you’ve even wished you could give more, this is THE perfect opportunity to bless the single mom down the road, or give unneeded toys to a family who couldn’t afford them otherwise. Consider boxing up some items just for the sake of giving away, or invite a family over and let them go through your things with you and pick things they could use and let them have it for a discounted price or maybe even for free! Letting some of your things go for free isn’t something you’ll regret I promise you. It feels amazing.

7. Technology – I did not run the roads constantly putting up signs or beating down doors to get rid of our stuff. My tools of choice were my camera phone and the internet’s social media sites, period. If you have them, use them. They work! You’ll save yourself a lot of miles, time and frustration.

It’s been months since I’ve thought about all the things we sold/gave away and to be completely honest I can’t think of one single item that I lie awake at night wishing we still had. It was all just stuff, and you know what? While we certainly enjoyed them while we had them, none of it makes our lives better in the end.

And although, yes, I DO have my moments when I miss having a big spacious house, we are also enjoying the freedom of living light right now. It’s a bit of a trade off. And honestly it just comes down to what you’re family decides is most important to you at this time in your life.

And so while the rest of the world pushes and shoves each other down to save a few bucks on next years garage sale items, here’s our little family wishing many blessings to you and yours on your journey to living a much lighter, freer kind of life!

Own less, live fully, travel light. 

*Please feel free to leave me additional questions or your own suggestions in the comments below!

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How We Make A Living On The Road

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We’ve been asked lots of questions about how we make living full-time on the road work. But by far the most asked question we get is- How do we make a living while on the road? 

The full-time RVing life may seem dreamy and carefree to some. And contrary to what friends have joked with us about, we aren’t irresponsible hippies traveling around the US in an RV with no money or plans for our families’ financial wellbeing and future.  🙂 We DO have to concern ourselves with earning a living just like everyone else.

We have just chosen to do it ….a bit differently!

Like most sensible people, our original life plan was to buy a house & settle down, (which we did!) work most of our lives, save up for retirement and then do the things we really want to do….like travel. And then we got to thinking, what if scrapped part of the middle and just got straight to our end goal WHILE we are young and working? And what if we did it with our kids instead of waiting until they are grown and gone?

So, we decided to take our current reality and find a way to make it work along side of our dreams, instead of putting them on hold.

My husband (Anthony) works in the industrial construction industry. Which basically means he is employed by construction companies to go into big industrial plants like power plants, paper mills and any other kind of large manufacturing plant you could think of and do the jobs they need done; whether that’s the construction of a new plant, or any kind of large scale work in existing plants.

This means his job requires him to travel a lot. When a new job opportunity comes along, he needs to be able to go to wherever that job is, for the duration of the job. The time-frame could be anywhere from 2 months to a year or so. It just depends on the size of the job.

This way of life just gives us the flexibility to live comfortably off of only one income while paying down any existing debts, put away money for the future, and take long periods of time off from work to rest and spend together as a family. 

THIS was the life we had wanted more than the typical American Dream. 

When we were living a more “normal” life (house, family, schedules, ect.) the fact that he needed to travel for work has sort of been a sore topic in our marriage and needless to say a huge inconvenience in our lives over the past almost 12 years. Traveling meant he would be away from the kids and I for months and months at a time. At one point just before we hit the road, I was working part time & homeschooling the kids alone and we were together as a family for maybe 4 days out of a month.

It was a TERRIBLE way to have a family life….and all for what? Just to own stuff and pay bills.

Our day to day lives had become a rat race and our choices had become painfully limited because we had become tied down by owning stuff. 

One day while he was out of town on an extended job I had just had enough and sent him this text, “I’ll go ANYWHERE as long as I can be where you are.” 

I meant every word and haven’t looked back for a moment since!

So about five months later, here we are!  A big house, lots of stuff and a ton less bills later we traded it all in for a small home on wheels that goes where we go and little stuff except for the basic necessities…. and each other.

We decided to see what we had once viewed as a roadblock to our goals as the path to our dreams. We changed perspective and stopped trying to figure out how to get around it and chose to just move with it. 

Yes that required some sacrifice, but I don’t even have to talk about whether or not all that stuff we gave up is something that keeps us up worrying at night.

It’s funny now, because the very things that had once enslaved us, are what ended up freeing us.

We realize that our reality isn’t everyone’s. This way of life wouldn’t necessarily be something doable (or desireable) for everyone – to sell off everything they own and travel around the US while working. I totally understand that!

But I do believe there are little ways that everyone can (and should) whittle down & eliminate the things in our lives that are actually enslaving us to a world system we weren’t even aware of when we started out.

With every thing we get rid of, every debt we pay off, every material item we say no to – we move towards living a freer, lighter kind of life. The kind in which we aren’t quite as enslaved to a life we we ended up with only by default.  

No matter the situation, everyone has the capacity to make their own path towards a much lighter, freer life.

Own less, live fully, travel light. 

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Materialism & Marketing: And How It’s Slowly Killing Us

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“That feeling of freedom, open highways of possibilities, has kind of been lost to materialism and marketing.” – Sheryl Crow

On our way back to the mountains yesterday we made a stop by one of the largest malls in our state. I have to admit, after being in a small, mountain town for the last month, I was looking forward to a good overload of shopping options. But as I entered a few stores and started browsing, I started to come to same conclusions I usually do when retail shopping.

What I just can’t seem to get past are the over-inflated prices of the most basic material items. Of course, I found several things I liked…and then as it usually does, the absurdity of spending three times what I know I could find similar items for at resale stores and thrift stores starts to get to me. Somehow I usually end up putting it back on the rack for someone else to buy and I walk out of the store empty handed.

The craziest part is, I can’t remember one single time I’ve regretted not buying the item I put back on the shelf. In fact, I usually feel an overwhelming sense of relief that I didn’t get “sucked in” by my desire to acquire, that I threw hard earned money down the drain.

And two hours later, I walked out of that three story mega mall with nothing in my hand except a tall pumpkin spice latte.

And I felt completely content.

I think it’s because I’ve learned from trying, that you truly can’t buy happiness. There is NOTHING in that mega mall that has the power to improve my current state of happiness. 

And yes, sometimes we have genuine material needs. Like a new wardrobe of fall/winter clothing for our children that fit their current size or even a new sweater and cute pair of boots for that event we’re attending. It isn’t that it’s wrong to buy, I think it’s more the how we buy and the motivation behind why we buy. 

And why do we have to buy at full price? I realize that not everyone is up for buying used and that’s okay! But there are always other ways around the retail monster that don’t involve yard sales or thrift shops. 

1. Waiting for items we need to go on sale – I do this ALL the time. I usually end up feeling pretty excited that I shaved off a good amount of money from the original purchase price. And the way I look at the issue of the possibility of the item being gone when I go back for it later? If it’s not there, then it wasn’t meant for me!…and I move on.

2. Coupons – Almost every store has online coupons that shave off money if we take the time to look, print them and use them! And honestly with the rise of smart phones, there is NO good reason to ever pay full price in almost any store.

3. Online stores – Every single time I find a medium to big ticket item in a store that I just love or need and it isn’t on sale or I don’t have a coupon, I whip out my smartphone & see if I can find it online. If I can’t find it cheaper anywhere there, and it is a true need, then I buy it right then and there and I don’t regret it. But 85% of the time, I can find it somewhere on a site like Amazon, ect. for a much more discounted price! Sure I have to wait on shipping, but why is waiting such a bad thing?

Waiting is a big deal to most people because we live in a “need it now” culture. We aren’t satisfied to have to wait for things, and we’d even pay more to have it in our hands THAT DAY rather than save good money to wait a few days more and have the same item….at sometimes half the cost. And stores know that about us!

This is because all too often, without even realizing it, we are looking for things to satisfy us, bring us happiness….but they almost never do. What they end up bringing instead is buyers remorse and bondage to the normal American way of life –

DEBT.

The American culture, the entertainment industry, the advertisements with all their marketing schemes know a few things about all of us – we want to be happy, we want to feel secure and we want to belong. And belonging in American seems to equal “acquiring what everyone else has.”

But we are going about it all the wrong way. We have believed lies.

And it’s slowly killing us.

Happiness, security and belonging can never be found in tangible things – they come from within.

And the truth I’ve found is that deep kind of inward peace and fulfillment come from living a free life, and that is something no mega-mall in this world can give.

Own less, live fully, live light.

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