Day 3169 – What It’s Like To Share A Car In Your 30’s – repost (with an update)

I have really enjoyed sharing a car with Bret for the past 3+ish years. Man, I can’t believe it’s been that long already! In some ways, it feels like we’ve always shared a car. I still agree with all the reasons I gave below. But the biggest thing that we’ve gained, that we didn’t know we’d need, was more money to invest in our real estate investing business. I’m grateful that God saw where we would be going a few steps down the line and set us up perfectly for where we needed to be.

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originally posted 10/15/15
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I have been sharing a car with my husband for about ten months. It’s not the “normal” thing that people do these days. “Normal” people have two vehicles. We realized though, that we don’t need two vehicles.

Here’s what we’ve learned over the last ten months:
– Sharing increases our patience with each other. There have been times one or both of us have had to wait for the other.
– Sharing a car gives us more time together in the morning and afternoon on the days we both need to be somewhere.
– Sharing a car has decreased our expenses.
– We are thankful for the vehicle we DO have.
– It has shown us we don’t have to be “normal.”
– And finally, it really isn’t that big of a deal. Thankfully, my current job doesn’t require a lot of driving and when it does, it’s an easy “drop Bret off at school, drive where I need to and pick him up” situation.

What about you, have you shared a vehicle? What did you learn?

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Day 3138 – How We Have A Minimalist Valentine’s Day

I’ve said that I don’t think there’s a bad definition for minimalism. Minimalism looks different in each person’s life. What’s minimal to me might be extravagant to you, and vice versa. Bret and I have never really celebrated Valentine’s Day for one main reason – we met 2 days after Valentine’s Day, and in my mind, that’s a MUCH bigger deal. It has led to saving money. The biggest way we save money is that we can wait until the day after Valentine’s Day to get candy because it’s all on sale. We get lovey dovey candy for our more important day AND it’s cheaper. It means we don’t have to wait for a table on a very busy night.

And all in all, it’s a reminder that days are just days, holidays are still a Wednesday night.

How are you celebrating Valentine’s Day?

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Day 3095 – Minimalism Series – Challenges To Help You Minimize Your Life In January

To finish out the series, here are some challenges to you to minimize your life this January!

Go through one drawer each day until you go through all the drawers in the house. Throw things out, recycle, shred, whatever you need to do to get it organized.

Turn all your hangers around and set a reminder to see what’s still backwards in a few months.

Get rid of dishes and cups you really don’t use. 12 place settings, there’s only two of you, and you NEVER have company? Why keep them?

Go through your movies – get rid of the ones you have watched before but haven’t watched in the last 2 years.

Go through your books – get rid of the ones you’ve read and won’t read again. Find a little free library or two and leave them there.

Create a custom friends list on Facebook. Bookmark that for when you go to Facebook.

Unsubscribe from 5 email lists each day. Seriously, are you EVER going to read those emails? Cut them loose.

Sit and enjoy your current situation. Life is about the journey, not the destination, so enjoy where you are today!

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Day 3094 – Minimalism Series – Cautions To Minimalism

As you make changes, you will find yourself with more free time, but be careful how you fill it. Like I mentioned before, you get into minimalism to make room for the great.

Don’t try to fill the space you empty – whether it’s getting rid of physical stuff or mental stuff. This goes back to how minimalism forces you to be honest with yourself.

You will never arrive.

You will never finish.

Minimalism is a lifestyle change. It is a mindset shift.

And you will continue to change and shift as time goes by.

As Bret and I have been talking about if we ever “settle down” and buy a home, we’ve actually (GASP!) been talking about getting furniture. I don’t think this makes us less “minimal” but again, purposeful in what we own.

I could see a few hammock chairs in our future.

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Day 3093 – Minimalism Series – Have Multi-Purpose Furniture

We love our chairs (Amazon affiliate link – if you decide to buy them, we get a a little extra into our taco fund) and they are so versatile. We use them for every day use, as well as camping, sitting on the beach, or on the lawn or balcony.

We didn’t buy it with this intention, but our coffee table has had so many uses over the years. We’ve used it as a dinner table, an office table, and a coffee table. Pretty good for a basic Wal-Mart coffee table.

Our bed on the floor is also our camping bed.

Our clothes drawers were also used as hampers previously.

All of this makes moving and cleaning up very, very easy.

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