Ahh.. and here I am. Fresh off a week of sailing with my parents on their boat, where they've been living full time for the last 6 months or so. Talk about relaxing. It's super inspiring really- to see them living the life of their dreams in retirement. The transformation from a 4bd/2ba home to a 39ft boat isn't always glamorous, or easy. A lot of decisions have to be made and questions have to be answered. The two most critical:
What's important to us NOW? What makes sense for our lifestyle NOW?
I think we usually realize just how much stuff we're drowning in during big life transitions like switching jobs, moving, downsizing, retiring, etc. We're forced to take a good hard look at how much stuff we've accumulated- not to mention just how much of that stuff is totally unnecessary. When we're not feeling totally overwhelmed by the thought of it, it can sometimes be quite funny. We fill our homes to the brim with stuff, and over and over I see people questioning their sanity trying to decide what to do with it all.
That's why simplifying your life is so important to having a home that cultivates joy and inspiration. You deserve to look around the house and smile, and breathe, and relax. The first step in getting there? Coming to terms with the fact that you probably don't need all that stuff, and you'll feel lighter when it's gone. When you're left with only the things that matter- everything matters. And when everything in your home matters, whether your home is an apartment, house, R.V., or a boat- you're given the freedom to have your own little sanctuary.
Just as it should be.