If you read my blog on Monday, you now know that I am making some changes in my life. I like to say that there is no better time than the present to make a change, so I did.
The first change is… I sold my truck.
That’s right, this last Sunday I sold my 2014 Nissan Xterra Pro-4X that I love so much. Why did I sell it? I work from home or at the office in Madison WI and it isn’t getting driven that much. So, Loree and I didn’t need it. Plus, the $22k that we got for it allowed us to pay off all of our debt and put some money in savings for a rainy day. That’s right, as of tomorrow, I will no longer owe any of my credit cards one, red, cent. I am free!
As you can see by the title of this blog, I am now using Uber as my second car. This is a 1-year experiment and if I need to go somewhere, I will just Uber. If where I am going is close to my house, I will go for a walk or hop on my mountain bike. Hell, I live in Arizona, the weather is pretty nice around here most of the year and I can always use a little exercise.
If after a year if I feel that I need a car, guess what??? I am going to go and buy one for cash.
The second change is…
We have finally decided to sell “Ruby” our beloved Harley Davidson Tri Glide motorcycle. The cost of just having the bike in the garage is more than some people pay for housing, so it is going away. When we want to go for a motorcycle ride, we can rent a bike and go. Easy as that!
My life didn’t need to change; I just needed to change how I approach my life.
The 3rd change which isn’t all that life altering is I will no longer be paying for email. Starting right away I am no longer using my email@example.com email. I have gone to firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost of business class Office365 for “personal” email is costing almost $500 per year. I really don’t need all the features of Office365 for communicating with my friends and family and I get my Office applications from work.
As I mentioned in my post this past Monday, I will be making a number of other changes over the next few months/year. My goal is to run my life, not to let my life run me. We are taking part in what is called “the minimalist movement” but not to an extreme, just living with what we need…not what society thinks we need.
As Loree and I go through this process, we will be blogging about the good, bad and the ugly of it. I am already more focused and centered in my life while enjoying each day to the fullest.
Until next time, all the best.