I met my wife Chris in 2011. She was a busy woman with 4 kids running an auto dealership with nearly 100 employees. I had a young son and was working at a technology firm in Carmel Indiana managing several large projects. We fell in love as soon as we met and there wasn’t anything that would keep us apart. A few months after dating we were getting married on Chris’ front porch by my grandfather who was a minister his entire life. We celebrated with our kids, family and close friends.
“The present moment is all you will ever have.”― Eckhart Tolle
We knew that more than anything we just wanted each others time. We (maybe subconsciously) started down a path of simplifying our life. I quit my job of 15 years to switch career focus and Chris sold her dealership. Big life changes for sure! By quitting our jobs that weren’t bringing us joy, we both began to find happiness helping others find wellness. Chris started a nutrition company and I evolved Rollfast into what it is today.
In our own journey of finding happiness we realized we cared very little about material things. I have to admit Chris started all this by selling or donating her clothes, jewelry, furniture and house! We moved into my place. Smaller, but still more house than we needed with most of the kids off on their own. Chris continued to purge her possessions and I took note of all the things I had that never used and started doing the same. It is crazy what people will buy on Facebook Marketplace!
A couple years later, Chris got the itch to downsize and the market was right so we had our realtor put our place up for sale. It sold quickly and the next thing I knew we were looking at a 1960’s ranch that needed a lot of attention! I was resistant at first. I needed a basement. I needed a workout room. I needed a bigger garage. I needed… I needed… After taking a tour of the house I started to see the vision. And three years later, we are in that tiny home and I love it. It’s easy to maintain, clean and the costs for everything from utilities to updates are a fraction of the other houses we’ve had.
By simplifying our lives as much as possible, we’ve enhanced our mental health for sure. But what if you can’t quit your job and sell your stuff? There are many things you can do to simplify.
Check out the article I read for today’s inspiration at: https://everydaypower.com/15-ways-make-life-simple/