One night during one of our Netlix binges, I paused and looked at my husband. He knew exactly what I was thinking before saying a thing, and luckily he was on the same page.
We were downsizing yet again — this time to move to Maui, a place we had wanted to end up for a while.
This time, each of us only brought a few articles of clothing along for our leap of faith. We both took lower paying jobs in a state with a higher cost of living and sold our cars and most of our belongings. We transitioned from our already tiny house into a 124-square-foot hut with an outdoor shower and bathroom. We don't have a kitchen or a TV, and we wash our clothes by hand and hang them outside to dry.
To an outsider looking in, it probably seems like we're struggling. We don't have many of the modern luxuries that most Americans have.
In my opinion, we have more.
We rarely spend days off at home, opting instead to go to the beach, watch the sunset, surf, or hike. Every day is fulfilling, not because we have accumulated a new designer outfit but because we have played in the salty air and laughed about the fact that my underwear is hanging outside in plain view.
We've both finally come to realize that life is about experiences, not things.
It's true what they say ... the more you focus on being grateful for what you already have, the more abundance will come into your life.