Remember when I wrote about downsizing my apartment to save money? And then I moved again soon thereafter? I know, I know – it seems like I am always moving around. And truth be told, I am; I have already moved three times in the past three years. 2011 will almost definitely see me move once more, as I have decided that my trial experience of living in California again isn’t worth what I would have to do in order to afford it and live comfortably the way I want to live. Everything in California is more expensive than almost everywhere else I would ever consider living: gasoline, groceries, utility bills, taxes, car registration fees, home rents, etc. – the list goes on and on. Sure, the weather can’t be beat, but when you have to work extra long hours just to make rent, well, it’s not worth it to me. I know it’s counter to the “American Dream” to not really care about making a lot of money or buying a big house, but those things just don’t interest me. I would much rather live a life of my own choosing on my own terms, and to do that requires me to live somewhere a lot cheaper than California. So 2011 will see me moving back to where I originally went to escape it all – New Mexico.
New Mexico has all the things I want for my life — stunningly beautiful views, reasonable prices on homes & land, dark skies, quiet nights, and a stress-free existence. I don’t want to work a 50 hour week just to make ends meet and pay for my house. I want to work on my own schedule when I feel like doing so, and yet still have some money left over for life experiences. Experiences are much more important to me than “stuff”, so I would much rather drastically reduce my living expenses in order to live the kind of life I want to live. Why am I writing all of this down?
Because I get emails all the time asking about reducing overhead, moving to cut expenses, and how to live a simpler, more fulfilling life.
I have realized, through experimenting over the last couple of years with different living conditions/locales/work situations that what I want is the simplest life possible, in a beautiful quiet location, which doesn’t require me to work doing anything that I dislike. So in order to continue working my dream job as a self–employed freelance writer and web developer for many years to come, I need to reduce my expenses drastically.
I keep revisiting this subject because it is near and dear to my heart. Of course, my choices are not for everyone, and that’s A-OK. Other people’s choices aren’t for me either! But I write about this stuff to encourage you guys to take a look at how your life is set up, evaluate how you feel about it, and then to make any changes if you think you should. We all only get a limited amount of years on this planet; so make sure you are living the type of life you want to live and not the kind that others think you should be living.
(photo credit: aldenjewell)