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Ways To Get Simplicity Into Your Life
Having a Simple Life yet Still Happy
Nowadays so many thousands of people in the world do not have a simple lifeand many are so unhappy due to the stress they are under to just make ends meet. I had came up with an idea that made my life happier and simpler and would like to share this with everyone that reads this. There are many ways to get simplicity into your life and yet still be happy, and as a matter of fact, in my case much much happier.
Many that read this may think I am crazy, and in the beginning I thought to myself, that I might be just dreaming and crazy as well.
First off, I took a hard look at my life and where I was heading in the future. Would I be house poor forever I asked myself? Will I ever get my head above water and be able to breathe a sigh of relief with the burden of all the bills and expenses my wife and I now have? Will our life ever get easier or will I have to work like a dog until the day I die?
The more I thought about my life and what I was doing just to make ends meet was ridiculous. My wife and I toyed with may ideas that could help make us live a more simple life, and all of sudden my wife came up with a brainstorm idea.
As many that know us, we both were raised at the Jersey Shore and both of us through our thirty years of marriage always tried to figure out a way to live at the Jersey Shore full time and not just summers as we were brought up doing. Summers were just not enough for us and when she hit me with this idea I was a bit hesitant thinking this would never work.
We put the plan into action and began thinking of what we could do to get to the Jersey Shore full time and retire in that same place we had grown to love throughout our lives.
This idea consisted of down sizing big time. This idea consisted of selling our home that I inherited by my parents, and the home I was born in a grew up in as a child until I was married. I was more than willing to sell this home if it would make our life more simple, meaning no more high taxes, the expense itself just to run the house and up keep. There must be a way to have it much easier in life and to enjoy this short life we have here on earth.
Gas and Electric bills were high. The upkeep of the home and yard was beginning to be too much for us as we worked full and were getting older. Between working full time jobs and keeping up with the maintenance and repairs of the home, we had no time to even have a relaxing time together. Don't get me wrong, we love our home and were very proud of it and what we have done to it. Every home we bought we remodeled it from top to bottom and this home was no different. A complete remodel as well, inside and out.
So with that said, something had to be done, and changed, in order for us to have some fun times together once in our life. So the house went up for sale and we started to go through all the things we had saved though out the thirty years of marriage. My wife considered me a pack rat, and she was right. I did save everything. I was and still am kind of a sentimental person, but sometimes you just have to let go and start cleaning out, and that's exactly what we did.
Live Simple and Live Happy
The Search Began to Find Freedom
We set out to find our home by the Sea and to have financial freedom. Many people said, what we were doing was insane and crazy, meaning that all the hard work and money we put into the home that was now going up for sale was going to history and gone. I said yes, you may call us crazy, but I am sure you will be visiting when we find our home by the Sea.
The idea that my wife came up with and I spoke of earlier was to find a 55+ mobile home Community that was at the Jersey Shore. We search for months, and one day our Realtor asked if we looked into one certain place and we said, no we did not. She told us where this Community of 55+ was and we went to check it out. As soon as we saw just how clean and small the Community was, with only about 50 homes we fell in love with the place admittedly.
We went through a few homes, but most of them were not large enough for us, and the Master bedroom was certainly not large enough for our California King bed. I told the Realtor we can not buy a single wide home for the reason of not enough space.
There were a couple double wide modular homes for sale, but the price was way over what I wanted to pay and it would defeat our purpose totally. I finally found a double wide home up on a hill and in the middle of the circle of home, but it needed tons a work on the inside and out. My wife said, "no way" we are not going to have to remodel again are we?
I saw beyond the work involved in which I was so use to doing from the previous homes we had lived in. I knew that this home could be made a palace and for a minimum amount of money. The work involved was a lot, but I didn't mind because it was where we wanted to be and I was going to make it happen and finally have our home by the Sea. Just to smell the salt air when you go outside your home is worth more than any amount of money to me.
The house for sale was sold, and the new place was totally remodeled and ready to move in. Paid cash for the home and all materials and appliances. We now had a brand new home inside and out with no mortgage hanging over our heads for 25 more years. We are both stress free and worry free. We are living our dream and living life simple, yet very happy.
Sure we gave up our home and down sized, but our life now is simple and clutter free. I never realize that you can have a happy life with minimum material things. We pay out $460.00 per month HOA fee which includes, taxes, water, sewer, trash pickup, snow removal if any, club house and a beautiful pool. I have nothing to worry about except the HOA fees and our monthly utilities, gas, electric and of course cable. That's it!
Any one can think of ways to get simplicity into your life and yet still be happy,and in most cases, such as mine, stress free. To have the freedom and not be bogged down with worries of being house poor or where the next dollar will come from to continue to pay those high mortgage payments is worth every bit of living within your means. Homes are so beautiful and so many are huge, but just to have a roof over your head it doesn't have to be a mansion, it can be any home. Your home is what you make it. We have a roof over our heads, and at a minimum amount of money to do so. We finally figured out what was the most important thing in life and that is to be happy and not live beyond our means. We made financial mistakes through our married life and i am sure many others have done the same. I knew nothing would get better unless we fixed the problem. We got out from under and got the home of our dreams to boot, plus a home at the Jersey Shore. So, everything worked out just as we planned.
If you feel as if your are over your heads in debt and need to find a way out, think about something like we did. I never thought it would work out, but it did, and we are some real happy people right now.
Long Beach Island-new Jersey
© 2012 Mark Bruno