simple living and mobility

15 Jun

This article will be short and sweet. Right now, it is likely that I’m on a journey traveling over 6000Km (that’s almost 4000 miles) across the country to the Yukon with my best friend since high school. We need the adventure and the income will help make other things possible next fall and winter.

simple living makes all of that possible

If my life was dictated by things, I would have to manage and maintain them. When certain opportunities arose, I would have to have large funds, reserves in a way, to make sure things are taken care of while I’m away.

Minimalism means that I can pack everything up and be gone in a matter of days, hours if necessary (though not the most relaxing choice). It helps me be mobile. I’m also willing to liquidate most things, even my guitar, computer, equipment, clothes, furniture and bedding if I know I can replace it when I arrive at my destination.

I’m down to one carload of stuff that can be stored in:

  1. 3 special containers about 2 feet by 2 feet each – books, dishes and sentimental stuff
  2. a duffel bag – stores bedding and seasonal clothing (swapped out depending on season)
  3. mobile office bag
  4. a 70 liter 2 compartment backpack – my simple suitcase which converts to a carry bag
  5. small metal file box
  6. guitar
  7. A few loose things for the car, small thermos, mug, thermal cooler
  8. bike & bike rack + helmet
  9. folding table and chair
  10. sleeping bag, insulated blanket and small pillow

Depending on the journey and how many people are traveling, I can pack it all and move or store the crates and a few items with with friends and be on my way. It takes up such a small amount of space and is so easy to move that it offers no trouble to them.

Minimalism is great.

Such freedom.

I’m working on reducing the weight and space by finding items that “kill two birds with one stone” and also looking at reducing my items by another 25% in the next 3 to 6 months. I’ll get rid of some it now through donations and simplify some items when I return.

Simple living makes mobility a cinch.

Any opportunity can be considered, finances pending. That’s a way to make sure you don’t miss out on any chance of a lifetime.

I wouldn’t trade that for anything. It’s priceless.

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