Weight, debt, and stuff held me down for a long time. I felt too tired, immobile, and unmotivated to get outdoors and play. I felt too worrisome about owing people money, remembering my monthly payments, and the amount of money I was loosing to interest rates. I felt cluttered by a bunch of small things that I was constantly cleaning up.
Then I started shedding. I started shedding, because it wasn’t enjoyable. I wasn’t enjoyable. Sure I had nice things, but my nice things weren’t enough to make the weight, debt, and extra crap worth it.
I wanted freedom. I love that I can say all these things in the past tense. I’m no longer immobile, debt-loaded, or cluttered, and it’s the most revitalizing feeling. I feel so maleable. So open to opportunity. So un-conflicted. So joyful.
You can do it too. Chances are you have already been masterminding how to get started.
Create a Vision
Don’t get too carried away. I’m not a big fan of the “five-year plan”, because we become blind to new options. But what do you need to shed? How much? What would take you from a groan to a sigh of relief?
Want to shed weight?
I don’t have a miracle story of how I lost fifty pounds, and it changed my life. It only took ten, but I instead challenged myself to accomplish physically difficult tasks. For me that was running a half-marathon and hiking more, but for you it’s probably different. I highly recommend SparkPeople as a free, simple way to huge food tracking database and great group accountability. They also have a million recipes that I live by.
Want to shed debt?
Debt creeps me out. I find it more exhausting and limited than anything else. There are a million great personal finances websites to get you going like GetRichSlowly, Wisebread, Budgets Are Sexy. For more information on our personal struggle with getting out of debt, visit our site ManvsDebt.
Want to shed stuff?
I love a great bargain. Unfortunately, great bargains lead to buying lots of stuff we don’t need. Which then becomes our crap. Or we don’t replace the old stuff with the new stuff we bought, and it then becomes our crap. Sell Your Crap is a guide that builds your motivation to declutter and then tells you how. Sell on Ebay, Amazon, or Craigslist? Yard Sale? How much is my junk even worth?
Want to design your own life?
In the end, remember that you can design your life. By shedding the access, I have the ability to pursue staying at home, traveling full time, and learning photography from scratch. I’ve learned to pay with cash and budget. I’ve learned to buy more produce and play new sports. For ideas on lifestyle design, visit ChrisGuillebeau and TammyStrobel.
60 Days of Shedding
It’s your time to break free. I’m challenging you to make a pledge to yourself. Start with one areas above. Set a goal for how much you want to shed in the next sixty days. Perhaps, you want to slim down your spending by $200, start budgeting. Maybe you want to donate three boxes of crap. You choose. But most importantly, do it. Break the shackles and start saying YES.
What is your pledge? What do you want to shed in the next sixty days? Are there any resources I could help you with? Why is this important to you?