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Embracing A Simple Lifestyle: Saying Goodbye To A Life That Was No Longer Working

Updated on February 5, 2013
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I had a friend ask me the other day what I had done that day, and my reply was that I had done next to nothing. An honest answer in that I hadn’t done any of the things we associate with “doing things.” I hadn’t worked, nor had I run errands, gone shopping, done chores around the house…by the standards of today’s modern world I had indeed done nothing

But upon closer inspection I had done quite a bit. I visited with loved ones and friends. That took up quite a chunk of that particular day. I sat in the sun and listened to the birds and watched the clouds flow by. I stalked a deer and took a close-up picture for my memory box. I read for awhile and even managed to find time to do some writing and take a nap. Food for body, mind and soul.

I have worked one job or another for nearly forty-five years, longer than most of you reading this have been alive. I have owned businesses, been married, been divorced, raised a son on my own, climbed mountains, fought the rat race, owned homes, done lawn work, played sports for decades….in other words, I have lived life at a reasonably fast and non-stop pace.

Now, at sixty-two, I have decided that it is time to step back, gear it down a bit, and appreciate those things that for decades were ignored. And I have never been happier. I absolutely love my life. First time ever I have been able to say that….i love my life. I do not feel the need to “do” anything. I help others when I can, make sure I take time for myself, and love those so important to me. It is an amazingly full and rewarding life I live today.

When I wrote that reflection I had just finished my second year of teaching at a private school in Beaverton, Oregon. I was about three weeks from starting a new teaching endeavor in Olympia and was seriously contemplating semi-retirement at the soonest possible date. Little did I know that I would leave that new job two months into the school year because of unacceptable working conditions. In other words, my peace of mind was more important to me than the paycheck that job offered.

Is it possible for those of you reading this to do the same thing? Of course, most of us have to work. We have responsibilities that have to be met; that is an absolute that can’t be denied. There are jobs and debts and families and the list seems endless at times. Where is the time in that hectic day of yours to just be? Well, folks, you’ll have to answer that question for yourself. I can tell you the steps I took to put myself in position to do what I did, and I can also tell you the decisions I made to make it all possible.

HOW IT BEGAN

It began with a realization that I was not satisfied with my lifestyle, that it was not bringing me happiness. I had worked for over four decades, for the most part the typical nine-to-five scenario, five days a week, that leaves a person exhausted at the end of the week and wondering why the weekend is so short. Whoever came up with the forty hour work week was either a sadist by nature or had never worked under the conditions they envisioned. And since I was a fairly typical American, I managed to spend most if not all of my income each month. That left me with a vision of the future where work was necessary and just breaking even was the best I could hope for. In addition, I couldn’t help but wonder how much longer I was able to handle the stress and the physical demands of working full-time? The typical adult works straight through their most productive years only to enter retirement too tired and beaten down to finally enjoy the golden years. Needless to say, after imagining a fairly realistic representation of my future, I was not overjoyed. So what could I do? What could I change? What facets of my life were set in stone and which could be altered or eliminated? Thus the quest for a better future began.

CHANGE WAS NECESSARY

My needs were few. I needed shelter, food, and a few creature comforts. I have never needed the newest toy, the flashiest car, the next high tech gadget. It’s just not who I am. I was at that time renting a wonderful cottage on four wooded acres and I enjoyed the freedom that renting gave me….no lawn work, no repairs, no property taxes, etc. Since I live alone my grocery bills weekly amounted to less than $50, certainly not an extravagant drain of my income. I decided to monitor my spending for a month to see what I was spending my money on and by extension what I was wasting. Every penny was accounted for and at the end of the month I had a fairly good idea what I needed to do to shave expenses.

Once I had spending down to the lowest possible level I needed to look at my income. What if I quit my full-time job? Where would the money come from? I had just reached early retirement age, but my Social Security was not going to meet expenses, so that left the necessity of a part time job. Considering the fact that I had worked full-time for four decades, the thought of working part- time sounded damn good to me. Even in today’s uncertain and unstable economy, a part time job is not that hard to obtain. I also liked the freedom that a part time job gave me, and I also had the realization that if something better came along I could always switch part time careers.

A HAPPY ENDING

All of this took some time to formulate and make a reality, but today I write when I want to; I take on only the writing jobs that I want; I draw early retirement; and I lack for nothing. This minimalist lifestyle has become somewhat of a challenge to me. How can I further cut expenses? Where can I make a few extra dollars of income without infringing too much on the free time I have grown to love? As I write this it is eight a.m. on a Wednesday morning. I am having my cup of tea and watching the rain fall as I write my hub and organize for the rest of the day. Around noon I will go for a walk with my girlfriend/significant other/soulmate and we will talk about our future farm that we plan on buying and while we are walking we will watch the birds flying and the clouds drifting by and we will say hello to the neighbors. I am still young enough to enjoy life, my health is great, and I am stress free and in a very positive frame of mind. In other words, as I said earlier, I love my life.

I am not implying that most of you can just quit your job and live in a Utopian world of self-sufficiency. I am, however, suggesting that you can change your way of thinking about what is and is not important and make some decisions that will allow you more freedom to enjoy life and spend more time with loved ones. Is it more important that you buy an expensive gift for a loved one or that you spend more time with that loved one? Is it more important that you live in a bigger house and drive a newer car, buried in debt, or live more frugally debt-free? I know what I want; I took the steps necessary to achieve those things. Now it’s your turn. As Mr. Spock was fond of saying, “Live long and prosper!”

2012 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

To see my Kindle book about Lifestyle Choices, or to order it, go to http://www.amazon.com/Lifestyle-Choices-ebook/dp/B007ZV9G2U/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1336064586&sr=1-3

For other billybuc hubs on this topic see:

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Lifestyle-Choices-Why-Am-I-So-Happy

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Lifestyle-Choices-Its-All-About-Perspective

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      gmmurgirl, good for you my new friend. It took me a long time of chasing my tail to realize this very simple fact. Thank you for reading, commenting and following.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey, it took me just as long to learn a very simple lesson: all we need for happiness is inside of us. Darn it, why didn't I look there in the first place. LOL

      Thank you as always; sending love your way.

      bill

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      G Maria 4 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Bill! I am glad you wrote about this. This is my game plan and I'm just in my early 30s. I have found some same-minded individuals among my friends and am we feel so blessed to have realized this early on. Life is short. Might as well make each moment count and cherish what really matters.

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Love this hub so much that I came back tonight to read it again. Simplicity is my style. Why did it take me so long to learn this beautiful lesson?

      Love you, you remarkable man.

      Sending beautiful thoughts ~ Audrey

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, you found one of my oldies....I wrote this about a month into my HP stay....I wouldn't trade my life for anyone's my friend. Life is good.

      Have a wonderful Sunday, and blessings to you always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Prasadjain, what an interesting history and cultural lesson. I thank you Sir! I love that there are others out there who have found the wisdom of this lifestyle. Hopefully many more in the industrialized world will see it as well.

      Peace to you my friend, and thank you again!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Hi Bill, yes... there's always another way, what is life if we can't take the time to truly live it? Another inspirational gem, thank your for showing that it is feasible, doable.

      My best as always.

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      Dr.S.P.PADMA PRASAD 4 years ago from Tumkur

      You thought in right way at right time Mr.Billbuc. That's every person should plan his life,whether man or woman.otherwise, there will be no end to our worldly problems. Neither the problems end,nor the peace of mind is secured.

      Simplicity is the best policy. We actually need much less than what we think we should have.The more materials/ associates/ engagements we have, more we suffer.

      Jain philosophy prescribes a principle for its followers. That is-'Parimita parigraha" i.e.much limited acquisition.More you store for yourself, causes scarcity to others, and headaches for the posses er.

      Hindus adopted this type of living as a compulsory thing in their life, in olden days.After middle age, when children grew up and become able to look after their affairs, they were breaking themselves away from economic affairs of the family and live in a small hutoutside the town area. That type of living was called 'Vanaprasthashrama'.They would be spending time in prayers, providing from medical help to villagers, etc.

      Now you are leading almost same type of life.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      it is indeed, jainismus! Thank you!

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Simple lifestyle is a must thing for a happy life.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Gail! I am blessed, and it is greatly due to the decision to slow things up and appreciate what I have that is truly important.

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      Gail Meyers 4 years ago from Kansas City - United States

      Bill, I can very much relate to what you articulate in this hub. After a couple of decades in the legal field, I am so burned out on the rat race. Congratulations on stepping out of the rat race, finding happiness and peace of mind.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      DrMark, that is an interesting passage. There is nothing that will get me to give up my lifestyle. I spent far too many years looking for happiness and peace of mind; no way am I giving it up now that I found it. :)

      Thank you my Brazilian friend; much-appreciated.

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Have you read Steve Solomon? He is another northwesterner, like yourself, author of "Organic Composting" and other books on gardening in the northwest of the US. He wrote something similar to your excellent hub. I paraphrase since I do not remember the words, exactly: "Everytime I think about buying a new piece of machinery for my garden or composting, I ask myself if it is worth giving up my lifestyle and going back to a full-time job". The answer is obvious. He doesnt buy the weed chopper (or whatever) and continues to maintain his pace and his peace of mind.

      It is great that you are passing on this message to so many readers here at HP. I look forward to reading your work.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mariasial, 18 hours per day? Well, you are young, and if you are happy then that is wonderful. Thank you and may God bless you as well.

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      maria sial 5 years ago from united kingdom

      well its a great hub .... while reading the initial paras i thought i am very much like you because i also don't want be a rich person i just want to live happily along with decent earning. You were talking about 9-5 .... i tell i am working almost 18 hours a day... except weekend but i am happy and i am sure of happy ending like you at the end.... great hub ... God bless you

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Abby, that is one remarkable story of perseverance and determination. There is nothing more for me to add other than to say I'm happy that you have found the secret to happiness. It took me a great deal longer than you to figure it all out, but now that I have I will never stray off of the path again. I will never be rich and I don't care; I am loved and I help others and that makes me happier than I thought possible.

      Thank you for a wonderful comment and God bless you and your children.

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      Abigayle Malchow 5 years ago from Ripon Wisconsin

      I live my life with what fits into my morals and values. I have lost my sister before she was even 16, I have been a product of many divorces, had many divorces, had many kids, travled and done things most wouldn't and through all of it learned that my morals, principles, values and peace of mind are more important than a paycheck as well. I was a single mom with three kids and walked out on a job that made it easy to financially rely on only myself to raise my kids, I walked out due to the unethical business practices, the unacceptable way co-workers treated others, the lying to customers...at Aaron's Sales and Lease in Texas. When they were robbed and they were blaming someone innocent without doing correct CCTV review and police reporting procedures I finally walked out. They then blamed me for stealing a washer and dryer that I clearly didn't and I fought back and I didn't let anyone walk over me using deciet and bullying behavior. I stand up for those that others walk on now, I help advocate for free those that need advice or help with Autism in their family and give information for them to get necessary services, I have fought my kids ex-stepmother even with things going on to my ex-husband, I have gone head to head with my other ex's commander over violating so many army regulations...I did it because it was right. It doesn't matter I am poor living with my father struggling to finish my college degree and raising three of my four kids...a teenager with a lot of issues and a kid with Autism...it doesn't matter that my second ex is a deadbeat dad that is stealing VA cash benefits from his son...what matters is I am doing what I have to that is the right things to do...so I can actually stop and see the pretty snow fall and see it as the beauty it is...I no longer am full of anger and I no longer don't appreciate the small things like the small squirrel darting after its own tail and up a tree...or take a moment to pet and nuzzle with our really really old and deaf and arthritic dog...to show her some love...because I feel free in my life. I live one of non hypocritical ways and actions. I love my lie because its what I believe God wanted for us to live in such a way. I am far from perfect, I sin like the next person, but I also care about humanity and that makes me appreciate life...I am only 33 years old and for the last ten years have lived this way and I wouldn't change it for anything. Not for all the money in the world...I would rather live like I am now.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jan, that is fantastic, and I am so happy for you. I know it was necessary for me to get back in touch with the basics of life, and to start enjoying life once again. I have no regrets and I love every minute now. Blessings to you my friend and thank you.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 5 years ago from Washington, DC

      Hi billybuc,

      So glad this was shared and I came across it at this time. It resonates with me more than you'll ever know. I left a job 7 months ago after 22 yrs to explore finding peace and balance in my life. I'm no where near retirement age so it was a leap of faith the expand my private practice and opportunities to write. Your hub has inspired me to keep on truckin' and enjoy the freedom and let go of the fear. I am more available to my family and to myself so yes, I, too can say, I really do love my life."

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mama, I'm glad you stopped by. This was actually one of my earliest hubs, and I look back at it now and see so much I need to improve, but still, I'm proud of this hub for its honesty and insight into who I am.

      It sounds like you understand priorities very well; family always come first, or at least in my way of thinking they do. I want to read more about your homeschooling experience, and I'm sure I will eventually. I'm looking for a little balance myself. :)

      Thank you for the visit and great comment.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hey, Mike, kind words on a Monday morning and I thank you greatly. It has been an up and down life, but it is all good now, and yes, it has been joyous for sure. I'm just grateful I lived long enough to find the solution to happiness.

      This was my first big hub, and one of my earliest. I really need to clean it up and re-do it a bit; if and when I find the time I'll do it.

      Thank you my friend; you are a wonderful supporter and human being, and I am honored to call you a friend.

      love to you buddy,

      bill

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      Karen A Szklany 5 years ago from New England

      Just thought I'd add to the fan mail for this hub. Great ideas and great perspective...and great media. Love the pictures, video, and Beatles song as much as the thoughts you share in writing. :0)

      My goal is to earn income around home-schooling my daughter. This is a challenge...but I have ideas about how I can do what I love while I earn an income that will allow me (and my family) to thrive financially. But balancing that with spending the quality time with my daughter that she deserves from me is a challenge. When I act in line with my goals, I come away feeling elated...such as spending time playing with my daughter yesterday evening instead of logging online. :0) There are times I have for that and I do my best to not log on when I have other physical things I know I want to accomplish.

      One of the first ways I am changing the energy around me is making improvements on my home. Hung up more wall decor this fall...and I'm planning some artsy enhancement projects for the upcoming snowy days...which I am sure I'll be writing some hubs about. :0)

      That being said...it's time to log off and do those other things...such as cleaning, putting my garden to sleep for the winter...and raking our community labyrinth. Glad to begin my day with your hub.

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      Mike Pugh 5 years ago from New York City

      Hey Bill, I dug deep into your hubpages archive here to get to see how you got your humble beginnings here on hubpages, and I just love the way you've expressed this aspect of your frugal living, and living simple.

      As I stated on FB, and many other times throughout my own articles here. I am forced to live frugal, and have no choice because I chose to leave the military to help my family out, and in this world of harsh time, and massive uncertainty.

      You have lived a joyous life overall thus far, and according to what I read here, and its been full of both up's and downs, but I sense your experience is one of true inspiration. One thing I notice about you, you have a way to inspire others, and I just would like to let you know thanks for being who you are Bill.

      You have inspired me to further my online dreams using the PIPO technique to things, and in a smarter way of trying to help others much more, and I caught on to such a positive trend you started here on hubpages way back when we first became friends here adding your style of advice to my own life's efforts of embracing truth, and now you see where my art of being real series comes in, it is infused with the truth that you help us all to see, you have made a true impact on all of our lives bro. You are worth a great deal to humanity overall, because you truly care bro!

      Wonderful hub, and video towards the end, and I'm linking your Youtube channel to my channel. Bravo!

      Love your budd Mike

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Emanate; it's a pleasure to meet you and I wish you well on your journey!

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      Gary R. Smith 5 years ago from the Head to the Heart

      Billybuc,

      Your honest, direct and personal approach is enjoyed. I found your Hub when it was brought up as a recommendation after I published an article on 'Authenticity and the Art of Living.' We could probably swap stories. Best to you!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LaThing, I love that you did that! It is so important to kids, that they have a parent there full time. Bravo to you and your husband for making that decision. Thank you!

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      LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Wow, Billy, this is fabulous! I, not only enjoyed the hub, I read the comments too, and there are so many of us who would love to do this..... I, like Tammy mentioned 6 months ago, lol, also left my profession to be a stay home mom, and that was the best decision my husband and I made.

      Voting up and ++

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blissful, I have been pretty lucky as far as followers goes. Something in my writings resonates with people....I'm like the old coffee house philosophers of the 60's....I speak of things others think about daily.....I have been very blessed by the number of followers. And I appreciate each and every one of them....and that includes you. :)

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      BlissfulWriter 5 years ago

      Your Hubs are amazing. How did you get so many followers in such a short amount of time? This hub has among the most comments that I have ever seen. I had to scroll forever to get down here to type this.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Kelly, thank you! This was a quickie for me, a rather hasty job of writing that really struck a chord with a good many people. I appreciate you greatly my friend.

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      Kelly Umphenour 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Wow Bill - by the time I got down here - I forgot what I had to say! lol

      I love that you downsized and traded money for happiness basically. I am 44 but I decided many years ago that I am not cut out for a nine to five. I also quit working in the rat race and work from home. I LOVE it - I am just never going to be able to sit at one desk for 8 hours. I have tried it and I physically can do it - but the sameness of it kills me mentally.

      Hope all is going well!!

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ava, I hope you do choose the simple way and soon! It may be frightening and it may be difficult but I believe it is necessary in order to find true happiness. Thank you for your lovely comment.

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      Jennifer Arnett 6 years ago from California

      I'm glad that you have found the good life. Life really is better with less. The Romantic era poets used to take long walks, often for several days at a time, to just watch nature and reflect on the vastness of life. I really think they held on to something that my generation lacks. Sounds like you live a beautiful life. I'm trying to figure out now, in my twenties, how I'll wish I had lived when I come to retire. Sadly, I'm already feeling the early signs of burn out. I must choose the simple way now! Very engaging hub.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Xz, you are most certainly correct. I do have the power and I have made the choice. Thank you for visiting and commenting.

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      xzking123 6 years ago

      Interesting hub Billy. It is good reminder that our wants and our needs are two different things, and that change in your life is possible. YOU have the power,it's your choice.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Reagu, thank you for your comment. I hope that one day you will have a happy, fruitful life.

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      reagu 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      The steps you made to control your life is the kind of process most of us had to yet undertake so that we can live a happy, fruitful life.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Doctore Evile, the timing was, in fact, fortuitous. I'm glad you visited and thank you for the kind words.

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      Doctore Evile 6 years ago from the Northeast of the U.S.A

      I was having this conversation with my soulmate just 5 minutes before she found this article & read it to me. This is exactly what our world needs. Great hub.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blueumbrella, thank you so much and I greatly appreciate you following me and taking the time to comment.

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      Blueumbrella 6 years ago

      This is truly inspiring. Thank you! :)

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      KD, thank you my young friend. I predict great things for you; you are wise beyond your years and it will be a pleasure to watch you grow as a writer.

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      KDuBarry03 6 years ago

      I am with teaches; I have no idea how I could have missed this hub (despite me still being new here). You are right: changing our way of thinking, say from negative to positive, only brings positive outcomes. To live long and prosper, as you say, we must adapt ourselves to a way of thinking that will bring positive outcomes not only to us ourselves, but to everyone around us as well :) excellent hub!

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure Teaches! I think that many of us would not consider our lives that remarkable but when seen through the eyes of another they seem that way. I just keep moving forward and I don't give up. So far that plan of attack has worked. Thank you for your very kind words and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Dianna Mendez 6 years ago

      My friend, I do not know how I missed this hub! I am happy that you posted it. Your life experiences are ones that have helped me personally to value the many trials I have come through. Your determination in life to keep your dreams before you as so inspiring. Glad that you have found a place in life where all things are coming together for you and Bev. Be blessed in your walk today.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Silver, hooray for you! What a great adventure for you and your daughter. I wish you well and you are rright, none of us needs much to be happy.

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      SilverGenes 6 years ago

      This hub gave me even more food for thought as I prepare for a 2,710 mile move to the east coast. It really is all about peace of mind. My daughter and I are both 'ocean gals' and we miss the sea more than either of us realized. When it comes down to it, we don't need a lot to live happily but living within nature's rhythm is critical for both of us. Your hub makes me feel even better about our decision. Wonderful and inspiring - thank you!

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mythical, congratulations on becoming a teacher. I followed that dream many years ago and it is a gift that I will always hold dear to my heart. Thank you for your kind words and best of luck to you. Make a difference!

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I applaud your lifestyle choice and I agree, you most likely added years to your life. Hooray for both of us and thank you!

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      mythicalstorm273 6 years ago

      I love this! I am only 24 so I have a long life a head of me, but already I am thinking about where my money goes every month. I am still going to school but in a year I will be a teacher a job I always dreamed about, but now days more difficult to achieve. You struck the perfect note of hope in my heart because I am doing other things to bring in money that will allow me to enjoy my life better. Thank you for writing this because it was a very powerful message to me!

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      Deborah Neyens 6 years ago from Iowa

      I can't believe I didn't comment on this hub before because it really hit home for me, given my own lifestyle change that I made last summer. It took a lot of courage to quit my job and my life is definitely better for it. I may not have as much money as I used to, but I truly believe I added at least 10 years to my life and have more of an appreciation as to what's important.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dave, age is just a number...I am living a great and active life and I love every minute of it. Thank you for stopping by.

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      Dave Sibole 6 years ago from Leesburg, Oh

      I enjoyed the hub. However I am 61, as busy as ever and happy as can be. I agree happiness is not in the things money can buy especially if it comes with debt but I am happiest when I'm busiest.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jasmith, I'm so happy you and your husband have found joy in the simpler way of life. It really is the only sane way to live. I appreciate you stopping by and best of luck to you.

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      Adrian Smith 6 years ago from UK

      This is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your experiences Billy - its wonderful to hear how happy you are. :) My husband and I have gradually stepped back from the "norm" and through living frugally have created a lot of freedom for ourselves. We now both do work we love and have a lot of time to enjoy the small (and important) things in life, like spending time together or watching a squirrel playing in the garden!

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ruby, where did you find this article? What website? Anyway, if this helped you I'm glad and best of luck to you.

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      Maree Michael Martin 6 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      Way to go Billy! I found this article over on the writing for money website. Now, if I can just figure out how to get posted there. I am excited. Got started on this search from questions I was getting. With a little help from my friends, I see!

      Wonderful!

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Gypsy, I wish you well and hope that you can return to the States soon. Speaking for all Americans, we miss you. :) Thank you for taking the time to leave a meaningful response.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. This was inspiring. I am one of those who tried to change their life around with mixed results. I came to Riga, Latvia because it was my parents homeland and dad had died when I was 10 and mom was already in her 80s and if she wanted to go home it was now or never. This was back in 1994. Mom got to live here for 2 years and she died. I would have gone back but met my soulmate here. Now he and I both would like to go to the states but for right now financial wise we're stuck here. Not bad but not good. I'm saying that it was fate that brought me here or I wouldn't have met my love and now I need to find a way to be able to complete the other side of the picture and get back to my homeland the good ole'USA

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Colin, that is the highest compliment as far as I'm concerned. Thank you my friend; I'm just a human being stumbling through life like everyone else. So very thankful if my words have meaning to someone else.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ...you are a man for all seasons to be admired by us all here at the Hub and to give you the ultimate compliment , my dad and best friend, would have loved your writing - and he wrote 69 novels and memoirs of his experiences in World War II - none of them were ever published but still quite an achievement - for his legacy will also go down as a great father and husband - lake erie time 11:59pm

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Debbie; I think in a way most of us can relate to it. I'm happy you found something in it.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Billy I know I have already commented on this hub.. but I can relate to it now... Thank you dear friend for writing this wonderful hub.

      Debbie

      I am sharing

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Taw, thank you; that's kind of you to say and I appreciate your words greatly.

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      taw2012 6 years ago from India

      this is excellent. The way you see the things are quite different from the way others do. This is an inspiration. I have to read this hub again !!! Your thoughts are great and so do your hub.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jan, thank you and you are so right! My life is quite calm now and I have found contentment and love....not bad considering where I came from.

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      JanHeath 6 years ago from Australia

      Hi Billybuc, Thank you for a terrific hub that is obviously written from the heart. I enjoyed reading your story and it feels like the calm of your new world comes out in your writing.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      MelChi, I'm so happy that you found it to be so; thank you very much!

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Am301986, thank you so much; I greatly appreciate you taking the time to write a meaningful comment.

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      Melanie Chisnall 6 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      This is so inspirational - thank you for sharing! :)

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      am301986 6 years ago from New Delhi

      Good article. In my opinion person who measured their happiness by comparing with problem would never be happy anytime. I think their is no cause for happiness it all about the mind set. Although good work done. Hope to see more. Thanks for sharing.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      RightWord, you are very welcome and congratulations on your decision.

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      TheRightWord 6 years ago from Sunny California

      My son and I had a conversation about "just jump" one day. Shortly after I jumped. I'm learning how little I need and how much I want. Thank you for helping clarify further! Excellent hub.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Pongogirl, thank you! This was one of my favorites, one of those that I felt good about when I finished and was satisfied with.

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      Jasmine Pena 6 years ago from California, USA

      Really inspirational hub, loved reading it, voted up also:)

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Georgie; this was easily my most viewed hub and it surprises me a bit for some reason. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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      GH Price 6 years ago from North Florida

      This is a great Hub, and I'm happy that you found your happiness! :)

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Happiness; I'm very glad you enjoyed it.

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      Happinessteacher 6 years ago

      Attitude and mindset are everything. Thank you for reminding us all of this.:)

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Vegas, thank you! Sometimes it takes a major event like your wife and child leaving to wake us up. Blessings and peace to you my friend and best of luck with your new lifestyle.

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      Vegas Elias 6 years ago from Mumbai

      This is a great hub Billy. I myself have completely changed my lifestyle since the last six years. I was too much attached to and worried about the well being of my wife and only daughter. Many a times this was reason for tussles between us. Six years back my wife abruptly left me, a man who had suffered a major heart stroke. She left he high and dry. My daughter too went along.

      I was left with no option but take stock of the situation. I did exactly that. I stopped worrying about them and also about myself. Instead of worrying I now do a rational analysis and take decisions quickly.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Jeannie, and I agree with everything you wrote. This particular hub is easily my number one hub as far as traffic is concerned; earlier, that other site that has since shut down stole one of my hubs thanking supporter; it even mentioned Hubpages several times and yet the copied it word for word...it just made no sense. Sigh indeed!

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      Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Yes, it is odd how some sites just copy everything, including the name. I know what you mean though. I don't have the energy to search all the time to monitor all of my hubs. I have to just let some of them go. However, if they are hubs that pull in a lot of traffic, I am willing to fight. I try not to think about all the traffic I've lost in the last month or so. Sigh. I hope one day that entire site just goes down. Obviously they are stealing from everyone. At any rate, what is done is done for now. Have a good night. :-)

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm really sorry Jeannie! I don't mean to sound flip about it....I can only do what I can do and then it's out of my hands. It pisses me off on one level and on another level I half expect it to happen and I'm kind of resigned to it. Best of luck with your re-write....oh, I found it odd that they used my name on it...I thought they would have at least used a different identity.

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      Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      I know what you mean. Sometimes it is a compliment. I just wish Google looked at it that way. Usually you end up losing traffic over it. I've lost about a 100 hits a day from that website. That was my best hub! I've been doing a little searching and found another one of my hubs has been stolen so much I stopped counting. I just rewrote it. Sigh. Hope you have a great weekend, too!

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, it's okay; it just means I wrote something worth stealing. That's the good news.....have a wonderful weekend my dear friend.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for letting me know Jeannie; I'll get on it. I'm afraid this is the cost of writing sometimes. Have a great weekend!

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      Shauna L Bowling 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Ahhhhh, f--k!

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      Jeannie InABottle 6 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Hi Bill, I hate to be a bummer, but your hub has been stolen: http://www.skyc2c.com/article/202.html

      My hub about leggings has been stolen by the same site. I contacted them a while back about removing the hub, but they haven't yet, so I am turning them in. Sigh.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thunder, I'm glad you are on board and enjoy my hubs. I only know one way to write and that is from the heart. If it helps someone in the process then I am one happy writer. Best of luck to you on your journey!

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      Catherine Taylor 6 years ago from Canada

      Love your hubs. You walk the talk and have taken the leap that most of us long to take but are to afraid to. Kudos and best of luck to you on your journey.

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audra, that was a lovely gesture you just made. Thank you and I great appreciate you. I'm glad you liked the hub; it's funny because I wasn't happy with it when I wrote it but could not figure out how to change it to please me so I just posted it as is. Turned out to be my most-read hub by far. Shows that I often don't know what is best for me. :) Thank you!

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      iamaudraleigh 6 years ago

      March 2012/ I commented on your hub a long while ago. However it did not give this hub justice!

      Your statement, "my peace of mind was more important to me than the paycheck that job offered." made so much sense to me! It is something I am trying to figure out now in my own life and can relate to!

      I an so glad you are happy in life! You deserve it!!!

      I totally voted up and shared!!!

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh I just love it when a plan takes shape. Get busy and give it roots and it will grow. Sending my best to sunny Florida from the wet and windy Pacific Northwest.

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      Shauna L Bowling 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Yes, tee hee is a very good thing! I was chuckling at your 1,500 words versus my few..... But your 1,500 words gave me an idea for a plan, so keep inspiring!

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bravewarrior, I will assume that Tee Hee is a good thing. Thank you for dropping by and visiting once again.

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      Shauna L Bowling 6 years ago from Central Florida

      Tee hee!

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      Bill Holland 6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bravewarrior, you said it perfectly. There has to be willingness to change or the change you seek will not happen. Thank you so much for saying in a few words what it took me 1500 words to say!

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      Shauna L Bowling 6 years ago from Central Florida

      You're absolutely right, billybuc! Where there is a will, there is a way!

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