Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Living Large with Less

Yves quit his job even though he had it all: a big salary, health benefits and a pension plan. He sold his downtown condo, too. Why did he decide to drastically simplify his life? Because he was unhappy and unfulfilled. A couple of years ago, he went on a 10-day silent retreat and, after much soul-searching, realized that his job and his stressful lifestyle needed to go. Now, a year and a half later, he's living a minimalist lifestyle in a small bachelor apartment, riding his bike to work, and working 3 days a week at a grocery store. He has more time to spend with the people he loves, and a lot less stress.

Every minimalism journey is different because we are all unique and what makes one person happy might make someone else miserable in life. Sometimes all it takes is the courage to admit to oneself that "this lifestyle is no longer making me happy" and dare to make some changes. We have more opportunities today than ever before in human history and whether we are happy working in a high paying job, a lower paying job or anything in between it's all about finding out who we are and embracing what works for us personally.

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