You may recall in February I blogged about my wish to downsize for a simpler life.
I was tired of spending so much of my valuable time commuting to and from a job that was negatively affecting my mental health and decided to change things.
As you know from my January blog I began a year long yoga teacher training course which has unconsciously affected a lot of my decisions it seems! Whilst my plan was to hand in my notice in May I suddenly felt I had to hand it in shortly after my February blog – ( I did however offer to stay until after the big event that was taking place in April, however this was deemed unnecessary) – and so I finished up at the end of March 2018.
I have always liked my local garden centre (Springmount.ie) and the woman who runs it (Elaine Warren) and so I approached her with regard to possibly getting some work there. We had an informal chat and I’m delighted to say that Elaine was able to offer me part time work which I began in April. It now takes me 7 minutes each way to get to work. #result
It’s true that I cannot afford much in the way of extras but other benefits are that I have time to plant vegetables and look after them in my polytunnel (cue tasty salads and greens) plus I have planted a gorgeous flower border that will be bursting with Summer colour soon. I am no longer around people who focus on luxury goods and fashion and this reduces negative want – I am very hard on clothes anyway so it’s probably just as well, lol.
I can plan meals better as I have more time to prepare and can also eat when I am hungry rather than at designated ‘lunchtimes’ and ‘when I eventually get home from work’ and this results in better health and weight management.
I am also planning a few (budgetary) trips to some places that have interested me greatly including Croan Cottages in Kilkenny & The English Market in Cork ( can you believe I have never been to Cork city?!) amongst others.
OK, It’s still early days and who know what will happen BUT as I am happy to live in the present I can only recommend following your gut and downsizing for a simpler life.
I guess what I’m saying is that if you’re considering making a break for it but you’re worried about how you’ll manage, trust in the Universe. If you look after it, it will look after you.
p.s. the dogs are loving having their ‘mammy’ home more too 😀