I’m all about living authentically, being true to yourself and creating a life you want without all the unnecessary stress. It’s so nice to wake up every morning excited about the new day ahead because I know it’s a day that I have control over making great, productive and profitable.
For me, that has meant clearing out the clutter in my life so that I can live a simpler life without having much concern about how the bills are going to get paid. If I’m not creating unnecessary bills, I don’t have to worry about paying them.
I wanted to share with you all some things that have helped me simplify my life.
How to Simplify Your Life
Identify your actual needs:
Financially: Figure our how much money you really need to cover all your monthly expenses and to have enough left over to save. How much are you really comfortable living off of month to month. The rest can be put away to save for bigger financial goals like buying a house, paying for a wedding or your next relaxing getaway.
Spiritually: “Seek first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:28-33 Develop and work on your relationship with Jehovah and earnestly pray for the desires of your heart. He hears you and is waiting for you to put in the work to get what you‘ve been praying for.
Relationally: Let go of your past hurts and pain and cut ties. Learn to love yourself, know your worth and don’t accept anything less than what you know you deserve.
Eliminate unnecessary expenses: Do you really need that brand new car and those designer bags? Are you living to impress others? I have been blessed to never have a car note because I pay cash for cars I buy from the auction, and my dad spruces them up for me. I’m comfortable riding in just about anything as long as I have reliable transportation with AC. I don‘t spend more than $150 on a pair of shoes or clothing (except my wedding dress) because its just excessive to me. I called Cox and got rid of cable and phone years ago and only have internet.
Dispose of things you do not use: At least once a year, I go through my closets to get rid of clothes I haven’t worn in at least the past year. Depending on what the items are, I may sell them to make some extra money or give them away to a nonprofit or someone I know who may personally need them. I also try to get rid of one item from my closet for every new item I add.
Pay off any debts that you have: This has been a gradual process for me, but I have a small celebration on the inside every time a bill gets paid off. this year I started using the debt snowball method. Basically, once you pay a bill off, you roll the amount you were paying on that bill into the monthly payment for the next largest bill. Here‘s a blog that explains more: https://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/finance/what-is-a-debt-snowball/
Work for yourself instead of others: I started this process a few years ago when I decided to leave my full-time job as a news reporter. Since then, its freed me up to spend more time doing the things and work I actually want to do such as acting, speaking at events and media consulting. My husband and I are now trying to figure out what our next joint business venture will be, so we can retire him in at least the next ten years.
I’d love to hear from you on how you’ve simplified your life and what things have worked for you to achieve your goals.