So, obviously as I am writing more than one semi-annual blog, the pace is slowing down a bit for me. I still work many hours, have two teenagers with boyfriends and two dogs at home, and am President of the local high school drama boosters; but, I find that I can actually read for fun, go for a walk and show up prepared instead of trying to prepare myself on the fly.
Therefore, I have been looking at some of the albatross-like activities and expenses I have been incurring over the last year. I wrote them down on paper and decided to take some steps to free myself from those things that were not beneficial to serenity and peace. Like, I have two cell phones. People look at me and say "you have two cell phones" and it's true. I have my personal iPhone and my work Galaxy. I like the Galaxy better than the iPhone but I am holding on to the iPhone for reasons unknown. Or perhaps I just fear letting go. Either way, eliminating it all together or finding a different provider can save me a ton each month. I also cancelled my gym membership. First of all, I have a gym at work that I can join for $15 a month. Second, and more in line with the truth, I never go. Neither do my girls. If we do, it's about once a month and that just doesn't cut it. I'd rather go for walks outside and do yoga than huff it on a treadmill in a crowded room.
I also decided to stop writing for content mills. For those of you who don't know, these are websites that pay writers to write keyword rich articles and then post them online. Usually, you don't get a byline for the article; however, sometimes you do. But online content is drying up and the editors of the few sites that pay well have become so extremely picky that it causes me more anxiety than happiness. I'd rather blog. My page, my rules.
I have a few maintenance items that I am determined to eliminate too. It's not even really the money, it's the time it takes to schedule and make appointments. I'd just rather be doing something else. I like the idea of having that time to explore and find new adventures. I'd prefer, in the words of Mary Oliver, to not have simply visited this world.
Won't you take a minute and free yourself from the burdens that drag you down? List them out on paper and cross them off, one by one. Believe me, once that weight is lifted off of you, you will breathe easier having more time and more money to incorporate the important things into your life.