I used to hate habits and routine. But, after taking more control over my schedule, I started to see habits in a new light. They were no longer about trying to make something that was miserable slightly more bearable. Instead, they were about organizing a life that was good, so that it could be even better, more fun, more spacious, and more creative.
I’ve done a lot of opting out in my life. Some of my opt-outs were scarier than others, but I’ve made it through all of them. I’m committed to writing my own script in life. That’s why I was so excited to read Adventures in Opting Out by Cait Flanders.
Essentialism doesn’t mean we just do less. It means we are making the “wisest possible investment of time and energy.” It’s definitely about more than just doing less. It’s about making our best contributions to the world, and we can only do that by figuring out and doing what is essential.
About two years ago, the question: “What would you do if you didn’t have to work for a living?” was a question that stumped me. It forced me to think about what I truly wanted to do and what would make me happy. Here’s what I learned and how I learned it.
Liz Thames published her book Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living. It took me a while to get around to reading it (for reasons that I’ll mention later), but I’m glad I finally did. I discovered several things I did not previously know about their journey that impacted me in a meaningful way and that will inform our journey for some time.