The Final Declutter

September 2, 2015


Three weeks ago, I set out to complete my final decluttering challenge. After moving back to Victoria in July, I realized I’d been living with the majority of my belongings still in boxes for a month and I couldn’t remember what most of them contained. I decided to spend the last three weeks of August going through those 8 boxes, as well as the rest of my belongings, and decide what to keep and what to get rid of – once and for all. Here’s what I found.

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August 2015 Budget & Shopping Ban Update

August 31, 2015


Last month, I chose not to work much mid-month, so I could travel and spend time with a friend in need. As a result, I only invoiced for $4,773, which left me with no extra money to save for retirement or personal goals. I shouldn’t say “only” – I know that’s almost $5,000 of real money. But when I decided to become a full-time freelancer, I knew I wanted to try to earn at least $6,100/month (before taxes) so I could bring home the same amount of money I was earning before I quit; this month, I did just that.

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The End of Summer Book Giveaway

August 24, 2015


One of the challenges I set for myself during the second year of my shopping ban is to only read books I already own, and not even use the library while I try to get through them. While unpacking the last few boxes of stuff I have, I found my (much smaller) book collection and made a stack of the ones I want to read in the next few months. At the top of my stack was The Joy of Less, which my amazing friend Clare sent me a few months ago. I finally started reading it late last week and, with each chapter I finished, kept thinking it would be a great book for anyone who wants to embrace minimalism.

Do you know what the best way for me to spread the message in that book is? To give it away, of course!

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