No one is going to stand up at your funeral and say “she had a really expensive couch, and nice shoes”. Don’t make life about stuff. I know new shoes are exciting, and there is probably a knit cardigan hanging in the window of your favourite store right now that you just “have to have”, but I promise you that in 3 months they will be in the back of your closet. I know because I’m the same way. Well, I should say I was the same way.
If you haven’t read my post about all of the life changes I have been implementing, I recommend doing so! For a short summary, I’ve decided to take on a more minimalistic approach to life. In doing so, I have started a vegan diet, and cut back on my spending. Actually, maybe “cutting back” isn’t exactly the correct phrase to use. I’ve decided to become smart about my spending. I was getting sick of watching my pay cheques disappear with nothing to show for it. I’ve made the conscious decision to think before I purchase anything. Do I need this? Do I already have a knit sweater? Yeah I do, so I don’t need this one – even if it is slightly different.
I’ve decided that keeping basics in my closet is more efficient than having 12 knit sweaters, 15 tshirts and 25 pairs of leggings. Also, it just takes of space. Space that I could be using to… well, live! Wouldn’t it be grand if we treated our houses like living spaces instead of storage spaces? I think so, too.
Investing in Moments, Instead of Things
I’ve decided that I will invest in moments, instead of material things. Why? Well, because memories last forever and a pair of cute shoes won’t. I’ve also chosen to invest in people, because people are worth investing in. If you follow my social media pages, you will know that I recently partnered with a woman named Lindley, who will soon begin her journey with Live Different. In order to help her afford this opportunity, she has started a donation page and I have vowed to help her reach her goal. In order to do this, I have designed a “peace starts with empathy” tshirt, and will be donating 100% of profits to her for her trip with Live Different. If you would like to help out, click here.
Investing in moments and people means I will have the money to travel with friends and family. I can go on adventures and make memories. I can afford to go out for dinner or the movies, and it won’t be a burden on my bank account because moments like these are hard to come by. I value these moments more than anything I can find in a store in the mall.
I’m going to live a simple life, and I’m going to be exponentially happier because of it.