Some of you may remember a post I wrote back in October titled “Some Thoughts On Downsizing My Living Situation” which was about my (then) pending move from New Mexico to Colorado. I went from living in a 1900 square foot house to a 1300 square foot apartment, which was a pretty big change at that time. And some of you may remember this post about deciding on country vs. city that was published just a few short weeks ago. Well, after much thought, meditation, reading, planning, and talking, I have decided on a course of action coming up very shortly:
I am moving, but just to another apartment in my complex.
Yep, I have basically decided to just stay put but to downsize a little. My new apartment will be 756 square feet (almost 1/2 the size of my current place) and $400 less per month. That’s $600 less per month that I have to bring home (before taxes) in income, which should free up even more of my time to pursue new opportunities or hobbies. It will offer me time (and money) to do some long-term traveling, which is something I have finally acknowledged that I need to do for my sanity. And I realized that the possibility of moving back to Los Angeles wasn’t being contemplated in the right state of mind, so I am going to hold off on any major decisions and/or moves for a while. This will come as a surprise to my friends in LA who expected me to be arriving any day now, but it is what is right for me at this point in my life – and that’s all that matters, really. It’s high time I put myself first and really plan things out instead of occasionally grasping at straws and looking for happiness in all the wrong places. So I will be staying in Colorado for at least another 6 months, if not longer, and will be spending this time working out what I want to be when I grow up (in a manner of speaking, of course).
A great book I have been reading lately is The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. While I don’t buy into everything in the book (I am not a spiritual person, so some of the writing doesn’t work for me), it has changed my outlook on what “Now” is and how so much of our happiness is controlled by our feelings about the past and anxiety about the future. For too long I have fallen into that trap, and after reading 3/4 of this book I am getting that “Now” is really all that matters. If you struggle with this, I recommend this book.
I want to keep things simple. I don’t want to worry about “what if” or “when” – I want to live Now. I have always been organized and minimalistic. I have rarely held on to mementos or keepsakes. I don’t own many superfluous items that clutter up my life or my home. By external appearances, I am clean, clutter-free, patient, and organized. Only now it’s time to maintain the inside to get it to the same state, matching my external life. And this requires standing still for a while and evaluating where I am at in the process – so Colorado will be home for a while longer.
It feels good to know what’s next.
Hey there! way to go! I pretty much went on a soul searching 4 day mini vacation last month and have been downsizing ever since!
Congrats & ENJOY!!!
Good for you! There is something to be said for enjoying a low cost of living and all the opportunities that come with it.
And hopefully, this means I’ll get to see you in July!
Sounds like a great plan. I like the way you think when it comes to the amount of pre-tax earnings that you’re freeing up.
I am going to make it my mission to be here in July when you are in town, Allie. That bookstore is only a few miles from me! 🙂
Great idea. My philosophy is “When in doubt, wait.”
Sounds like you made a good decision. Imo, you can’t go wrong living small and simple. 🙂
I enjoyed The Power of Now as well – a bit new agey for me, but still a great message.
Wow! This post has really resonated with me.
”By external appearances, I am clean, clutter-free, patient, and organized. Only now it’s time to maintain the inside to get it to the same state, matching my external life”
This is me!! Food for thought, thank you.
I think you’ll adjust well to your new apartment. After purchasing my 1500 square foot home, I wasn’t sure what to do with all the space. So I took on a roommate, adopted a Great Dane, and my s/o spends most of his time in the house. And to be honest, I could still cut out another few hundred square feet and be perfectly happy and content.
It sounds like you made the right decision! Several years ago I found myself in a similar situation–my oldest daughter had moved out so we had an extra bedroom and space. A unit in our housing complex came available–the best two-bedroom they had imho. I snatched it up in a heartbeat and lived there for two years until I was ready to move on. Are you nervous about downsizing your living space? We ran into quite a few challenges when he have done it…
I love the Eckhart Tolle books. They’re fantastic aren’t they?