Free from things . The process continues .

Well we started the letting go process again so back thru the house we went. First we dug thru all the boxes in the basement with a take no prisoners furor. Then back up stairs to the office and den . After sorting and organizing all that we made our way to the shop where the yard sale would take place. For three days we maned the yard from 9 to 4 and to stay busy and productive we sorted our way thru the shop and then the cargo trailer. The result , well pHisically we sold and gave away and tossed out a lot of stuff we haven’t used in years. Monetarily we took in about $500.00 . But the real payoff was emotional . We felt a sense of relief and freedom that a burden was lifted from us . We felt good that others would benefit from the things we no longer needed or wanted and that they would not end up in the landfill at least for a while longer.
We (my wife and I )feel a big sense of responsibility for the things we have . Spending hard-earned money to buy them and selling them for a fraction of their value was hard at first but throwing them away is irresponsible . So rehoming them to us was the right thing to do .

It’s funny how we attach emotion to things . Why they become so important to us . Why we have such a hard time letting go of them . Why does it aggravate me when I sell an old camera that cost $400 new for $15 and the person buying it offers me $10 arguing its obsolete . Because I lost so much money ? Or because he’s gloating about getting the best of me on the deal as he walks away ? Or maybe because I was irresponsible about buying it then getting a new one when the technology advanced . Silly thing is I haven’t used it in years. I even tried to sell it last year in a yard sale for more and no takers .

The nice thing is that we are getting better at parting with stuff and creating a space for other possibility not things in our lives. Less stuff is more mobility ,more room ,less worry, more freedom of things .less need of space. More time ,less cost to keep,maintain,house.

I am looking forward to paring down farther and farther layer by layer to see what less feels like . I vaguely remember first starting out in life with as my mom puts it less than nothing . She was right when i moved out on my own I had a car and everything I owned fit In it . I moved into a studio apt with a Murphy bed ,good thing as it was all the furniture I had but it was a place to sit and sleep. Simple times …why did I go complicate it ? I had something to prove I guess. Stuff was my measure of fulfillment , of accomplishment, need and desire of acceptance . Funny I’m coming full circle and wanting to go back to the beginning .

Make money without working…much

Ok I was asked to expand on how someone could make an income or additional income stream(s) and effectively get out of the rat race.

First off is mindset or perspective. One reader commented that because of a disability they were (thrust) out. I got the impression that they took this as a bad thing. At least at first.

The difference between a poor person and a person who lives simply is choice they may both live by little means but one chooses, the other does not. One lives simply the other is poor. It’s all in your head. Choose where you are. If you do not like it then choose to change it.

You are where you are because that is where you want to be. That statement should cause some hackles to raise but it’s true.

You have the power to do what ever you want if you choose to take responsiblity for yourself.;) So that being said Henry Ford said “if you think you can or you think you can’t your right”.   

Ok so what to do about money.

As I said it’s all in your head. If you are doing what you truly love to do you will never work another day in your life. That is a quote I don’t recall by who but I love it because it is so true. Very few people in this world jump out of bed every day because they can’t wait to go spend their day doing what they love to do.

Maybe one in 10,000?

So how do you know what that is? Well here is a little guide line.

If you would gladly get up every day and do this all day even forgetting about time and do it whether you were paid or not because it is that enjoyable to you then that is your calling. Your soul purpose.  

Now find what “that” is for you and earn an income from it and you will never work again.

It may mean revamping your entire life but it will be worth it and you only get one life so what are you waiting for 😉

Here are some things I do or have done for income and I should preface that multiple income streams are important don’t put all your eggs in one basket.

Build and sell wood furniture indoor and out. Raise and sell puppy’s. Carpet and upholstery cleaning. Coach and mentor people in small business. Income Tax Preparation. House cleaning. Flood and fire restoration. Teaching others to do what I do. Lifestyle designer. Self development coach.

I have automated several of these processes to create ongoing income streams that don’t require my constant presence on an hourly or daily basis. I also made them  portable so I can live any where I want to. 

Any one can do this if they want to. It requires effort and a willing attitude 😉     

What I really do is solve problems for other people. I create value and the by-product of value creation is money. If you first seek to help others, you will get what you want. If you seek money first It will not work. Make and sell happiness everyone will gladly buy it. Oh and have fun!!

To sail or not to sail …it is a choice.

open water voyage
To be truly challenging, a voyage, like a life,must rest on a firm foundation of financial unrest.Otherwise,you are doomed to a routine traverse, the kind known to yachtsmen who play with their boats at sea… ” cruising ” it is called. Voyaging belongs to seamen, and to the wanderers of the world who cannot , or will not , fit in. If you are contemplating a voyage and you have the means, abandon the venture untill your fortunes change. Only then will you know what the sea is all about.

   I’ve always wanted to sail to the south seas , but I can’t afford it. What these men can’t afford is not to go . They are enmeshed in the cancerous discipline of “security”. And in the worship of security we fling our lives beneath the wheels of routine- and before we know it our lives are gone.

What does a man need – really need? a few pounds of food each day, heat and shelter,six feet to lie down in – and some form of working activity that will yield a sense of accomplishment.That’s all- in the material sense,and we know it.But we are brainwashed by our economic system until we end up in a tomb beneath a pyramid of time payments,mortgages,preposterous gadgetry,playthings that divert our attention for the sheer idiocy of the charade.

The years thunder by.The dreams of youth grow dim where they lie in dust on the shelves of patience. Before we know it, the tomb is sealed.

Where , then, lies the answer?

In choice…!

Which shall it be: bankruptcy of purse or bankruptcy of life…?

Sterling Hayden

mimimal stuff maximum life

Less stuff equals more time and more opportunities.

With less stuff to deal with you don’t need a large house or no house at all. No worry about where to put it. If it’s safe or whether it needs fixing or maintenance.

There is a culture out their of people running around the planet with a backpack and everything they own is in it. These people are running there businesses from laptops (which are in those backpacks).


Maybe maybe not.

Out of the ordinary? Not so much anymore.

There is a new way of thinking that is big on experience low on materialism. Tim Ferris is one of those thinkers and Everett Bogue is another. They both have successful blogs in this arena this is Everett’s blog if you want to check him out. I have met Tim on a couple of occasions and I will meet Everett soon.

You don’t have to spend all your time working and buying things it won’t make you happy. The trade-off is too big and the newness doesn’t last. Contrary to what the TV ads say your life won’t suck if you don’t get the latest greatest stuff as it comes out that is a loosing proposition (it’s always another new thing) in fact life is better with out them.

This series of post are created to offer a shift in thinking about new possibility in lifestyle.

Design your own lifestyle the way you want to live not the way we have always lived.

What would you do if everything you needed fit in a small backpack?

Where would you go?

What would you see? 

How much do you think it would cost?

It’s less than you think…

it’s all in your head….


Mindset…we can really over come any problems if we first over come them in our minds.

Choosing where we are in life is the first step in achieving our goals. It is very powerful to take responsiblity yourself.

You now have the power to change your circumstances when you take charge of you.

Some people live poor others live simple.

One of the main differences between the two is choice or mindset. Choose where you are and you will be more content. Tthen decide to change your circumstance if you wish. If you have a flat tire choose it. It is what it is. Resisting it makes it worse.

Choose to live outside the consumer culture in our society and live with less. A simple minimal lifestyle that lets you have more of our most precious commodity of all TIME.

We only have so much time. We can sell it and give it away but we can’t buy it back.

Spend it wisely on experiences it’s the best use of your time. Don’t waste it on material things they don’t last. But on memories that do.

Less things equals more time. More time equals more freedom.

What can you do to live a more simple minimal life and opt out of the consumer drivin culture we live in…? 🙂

Retire now …’s possible!

Retire NOW? If you could would you?

Well you can if you want to! How you ask? It’s a process of elimination. You simply start eliminating the things in your life that stop you from retiring. What is it in your life that is in your way to freedom from your job?

Is it debt?

That is probably a big one for most. But could it be your mindset? Do you believe you can retire right now…or not. That is the first step. 

First you must believe you can do something before you can do it. Do you really want to retire or not? Maybe you just want to have the option to work when and where you choose? What if money was no longer the driving force that got you out of bed every day? What if creating your ultimate lifestyle was easy? The question is…what does your life (the one you choose,not the one you’re in now) look like? Do you see your self as a world travler? Or an organic market gardener? Maybe you work with the less fortunate in this world? What if you could do any of these and more with money not being the main reason? You can…

Get rid of your stuff!

I’ll say it again GET RID OF YOUR STUFF! 

It’s what is holding you back. Stuff, the things we spend most of our money on …that if we did not spend our money on we would need very little money to live. That stuff.

Stuff is what we identify our lives with. Our self-worth our accomplishments with. Our value in society, that stuff we are so attached to we are lost without it! We spend most of our hard-earned money on our stuff.

Now your saying not me! Really? First you buy it, then you rent or buy a space to keep it, some people call these spaces homes or apartments. 

They are STUFF warehouses!!

Then you insure your stuff in case something happens to it. Then stuff overruns your home (warehouse) into the place you keep your car (garage) but then you need more space for your stuff. Enter an industry created just because of the fact that you don’t think you spend all your money on your stuff.

The mini storage!! Really!

Mini storage you rent it for $40 or $50 bucks a month or more. That’s $480 to $600 per year you just spent on stuff you’re not using. That you already paid for and lost value over time. Then you pay to store it! Anything wrong with this picture?

Watch this video you will be glad you did. It gives you perspective on what you are a part of. I will post more in this series about retiring now and how you can. This is part one. We will talk about mindset and simplifying and minimizing….

What if you never had to work again? Well it’s possible!

For the last few months I have been designing a life that allows this and it is coming together nicely.

First off are you happy with the life you have now? If so please disregard this post. If not this may interest you. I am 47 years old and I made a vow that I would be retired by 50. Well It’s scary how well the power of focus works because I’m almost there.I have been really focused on this for mmm…I’d say six months now and WOW! I really haven’t been working most of that time yet I’m creating revenue.

So how am I doing it?

I am creating a new design for my life really looking at what I want my perfect life to look like. This takes time to THINK about because I spent most of my life so far just letting life happen without much planning. Then one day someone asked me the question. What does your perfect life look like? No exceptions if you could live anyway you wanted how would that look?

What would your house look like?

Where would you live?

What would you do for income?

What kind of car would you drive? ect…

I actually drew a blank when I was asked all these questions! I guess I had stopped dreaming. WHY!

I gave up on thinking I could have what I wanted!