A Mindful pursuit to Happiness through Personal Finance Strategies
As I look back over the almost 4 years since I started this blog it certainly has evolved and I thought I would give all of you a bit of an idea of what are my underlying beliefs and what has driven my passion.
I’ve told the story of how we moved across the country to a new community, to a town that encourages a different lifestyle and would have the right mix to nurture my path of change.
I had a list of goal I wanted to achieve
- Sell off the Excess in our life from motorhomes to dirtbikes and big trucks
- Decrease our footprint by Reducing our possessions & finding a highly walkable town
- Own less , spend less and intelligently Save at a rate far higher than the national avg
- Embrace a lifestyle that focuses on spending time in the outdoors
- Strive for constant Mindfullness and Positivity to make a difference to those around us
- Achieve financial independence to retire early and live a more meaningful life
- Focus on only what brings Happiness to our lives
These goals didn’t happen over night and were the result of me expanding my education and being open to a new way of thinking. With this open mind I discovered a few blogs and was immediately drawn in and didn’t take long to become switched in too.
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The single most powerful blog I pulled my mindset from was one with an obscure name but powerful message, that website was Mr Money Mustache. Pete Adenay laid it all out easy for me and in a way that was in your face and called you on your own bullshit. I loved every post and continue to follow along as his message and story evolve as his life does.
Start with this post as a quick round out of what he is all about and his message > MMM ~ Zero to Hero in One Blog Post . This post contains his message and links to his other posts on specific parts of his philosophy , all of which I have read over and over.
As an alternative watch this terrific presentation that he just gave at the World Domination Summit this past summer for those that want to sit back and watch/listen rather than read.
I just finished watching this video that was shared in MMM’s (Mr Money Mustache) recent blog post How to be Happy, Rich, and Save the World I wanted to use it to share this update on what guides me with you all as it brought all that inspired back to life.
To summarize where I am at now with this new learning in place would be the following.
I am learning to want less , to spend less while striving to be a less of a burden on the environment. I am choosing to focus on work that brings me happiness (thus my pursuit of writing & photography and this blog). Maintain a very high savings rate so that my spending less, owning less allows me to be financial independent and the freedom to only do what brings me joy and satisfaction. To focus on my circle of influence and area of concern through positivity and mindful actions. To get outdoors more and focus on finding what being in the wilderness is really all about. While lastly inspiring friends, family and followers through authentic actions beyond where others stop.
Have you had a radical change in mindset that altered your path in Life?
#ExploreBeyondTheUsual ~ thanks for reading, Chris.