In 3 previous posts, I shared with you a journey my husband & I wanted to begin in the New Year. Towards the end of 2016, we kept on coming back to the same conversation of how we are living our lives & did we truly feel happy, internally happy.
We found the answer was no! What was preventing us from finding this happiness that comes from the depths of your soul? We realized it was the outside influences, day-to-day responsibilities that occupied our minds, our wallets & our energy.
Identifying the problem was the biggest step, but now that we made this powerful discovery, were we ready to take the obvious next steps to achieve real intangible happiness? We wanted to fully manifest happiness within ourselves no matter what circumstances, situations or struggles we had to encounter in our lives.
We actually thought we were “happy”. We spent so much time just working & working assuming that would lead to success, money, stress-free life, & in turn, happiness. It did the exact opposite! It caused more stress & anxiety to keep up with the bump & grind. The more we succeeded, the more we spent to keep up with the success. We spent more time away from home, more money to take the company to the next level; we spent more money to maintain a larger property & the stuff around us. It felt like every month, we were bleeding energy & money, but we weren’t feeling the satisfaction of our efforts at the end of the day.
So, to recap, this were the changes we knew we needed to make:
- Reduce our spending
- Get rid of the “stuff” that was imploding around us
- Live more simply
- Do more with less
We made changes as a couple. My husband made changes within the company. I made changes on a personal level. My biggest spending came from purchasing clothes. I justified all the spending because I refused to buy any item at full price & felt like I “stuck it to the man” because I always scored a sale. The fact was I wasn’t enjoying the clothes I had at moment because I was constantly looking for the next best purchase.
My challenge was to severe all spending for 3 months! Oddly enough, this feeling of relief came over me when I made the decision. This was one less thing I had to think about.
It has been 3 weeks & I have so much more time on my hands to do other things I enjoy. I’m not wandering through the mall or online searching through the clearance section or finding what’s the latest item that hit the sale rack. I’m making more DIY cards, focusing on home renovations, reading more & just enjoying quiet time with my hubby. Most of all, I’m having WAY more fun with the clothes I already own. It’s amazing the number of outfits you can build with one item when you give yourself the time to be creative in your closet. I’m curious how many hours I’ve saved each week?
Every garment should be a workhorse for your wardrobe & easily incorporated with many looks throughout the year. Just as I did with the last series, I will showcase a few looks utilizing my Express slip dress that I’ve had for about 2 years. It is versatile, loose & so comfy. This Ralph Lauren puffer jacket from Macy’s was the first winter coat I purchased when I first moved to Massachusetts in 2004. It still looks as good as new, I’ve gotten so much mileage out of it & it’s still going strong. Likewise with my boots & this super cool graphic tee from Metropark! I have no clue how long I’ve had them, but I do know I love them. You can’t see, but my tee is a printed gun holster! Giggled when I saw this in the store & just had to have it.
My apologies for the tad bit of blurriness with the photo, but I think you can see the amazing detail in this Leaf Boutique cross body bag & you will love the back story about this company, Mona B. They are the super cool, adventurous, eco-friendly line who is behind this fashionable bag & so much more. They carefully sourced & selected wedges of up-cycled & durable truck tarps & military tents sunbaked, weathered & cured from the Indian deserts & jungles to create unique, authentic one-of-a-kind up-cycled bags.
What steps are you willing to take to find your true internal happiness?
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