I moved today. I have moved six (6) times in seven (7) years. Crazy, I know. But I am getting really good at it and find it cathartic to touch all my items and ask myself if I find value in them. Being a nomadic minimalist helps. I moved from Minnesota to California on October 1, 2021, with six boxes. I bought some essentials (e.g., a bed, desk, sofa). But while packing I discovered I have accumulated so much more over the last year. I started collecting mementos starting last fall. As I packed these items I realized, this has been a great year.
I decided to stay in San Jose. I am literally moving across the street. Why? Because it will save me $7,000 which pays for the adventure I will be taking in December (stay tuned). When I first moved here I did not know if I would stay beyond my initial 13-month lease. But within weeks I knew I would not be moving until my next goal because it was clear I was going to love my new home.
I signed a 15-month lease, through January 29, 2024, which will bring me to my next goal. That goal is for my next lease to be "across the pond", in Europe. I joined ServiceNow so I could work internationally and I am one step closer. I have shared it with my manager, who supports me, as well as all of you. No goal is a goal until it is shared widely. I am excited and nervous.
My previous apartment was a 450sf one-room studio but I have increased that by 50% and now have a one-bedroom apartment with 677sf. I must admit the extra space is a bit overwhelming. I love the feeling a small space gives me. It is almost as if the room is hugging me every day. I will adapt I am sure.
I want to celebrate I have gone 13 months without a car, using mainly public transportation. I am proud of reaching that goal and plan to continue during my time in California. What has this accomplished?
- I saved money, estimated at over $10,000 (which pays for my travel adventures)
- I walked more, around 1,800 miles over the year
- I reduced greenhouse gas emissions, which is the primary contributor to climate change (cars and trucks create 38% of total climate change emissions)
This sign has hung on the mirror of my last five bathrooms. Today I hung it in my sixth. I continue to do something every day to live these words. I hope you are doing something toward your goals as well.