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Simplified RV Life

Simplified RV Life

To {be} simplified is not as easy as it sounds.

We are taking the leap of faith and joining in on a movement. This leap will demolish debt and provide us a better life. From 2600 square feet to 400 square feet our family of two adults and three furry pups are clearing out the old and having a minimalist life in a Highlander RV.

This decision began with a simple challenge accepted back in October. I accepted the challenge to declutter and simplify my closet.

At the time, I had a very large closet and lots of clothes that were not being worn. This task was rather simple to start. I was pretty aware of what clothes I wore
and what clothes were just collecting dust. The task got complicated when the challenge unexpectedly carried over into every of my life.

What started as a small idea became a huge disruption to my preferences.

We discovered some frustrating news about our home. Spent our savings fixing it and our first thought was “what now?”.

When we chose to invest our time and income into two businesses we delayed the part of the budget for home “things”. We had old furniture, acquired decor through time, and for us it a made the home beautiful.

We had to chose to fix it before investing in our future, we had to delay more than expected, and we hadn’t even made a dent in the principal value as the home and our ownership was only a few years old.

Well that is the reality of home ownership, you own, you fix it.

Unfortunately for our situation the insurance company and the builder of the house failed us. So we were on our own. In this situation we bit the bullet and did what needed to be done. 

This time it was different, we kept looking at houses and we didn’t see them as homes.

We saw them as structures in the way of our goals. Not probably the first thought of most, but we usually see things differently. My husband and I looked through and saw the debt we would acquire. We thought about how that would combine to debt we would endure from the house we were selling. With those thoughts running through our minds, we just couldn’t pull the trigger on it.

Everything seemed to be complicated with buying a new home, and nothing was “right” for us and our situation.

One day my husband text me while he was at work; “you should look up 5th wheels, we can still have 400 square feet of living space and the price is lower than you would expect”. I started looking. Later I responded; “we can get the truck and the 5th wheel for twenty grand under budget”.

The rest is history.

The journey has laughs and adjustments to come but we are excited about what it holds for us.

In spirit of the holiday season, I laughed this year as I accepted the statement “these are a few of my favorite things“.

 

 

 

 

 

Until next time,

{be} #salty

Love,

Ashley Jane & The {Be}

Power of Packing a Lunch

Packing a Lunch is Self Care!

The {Be} is offering Self Care Sundays now; out of the excitement and preparations I could not help but sit down and consider, “what self care habits have I been practicing?”.

It really took some thought. Being located within a wellness center and using holistic health practices to handle any physical concerns; I really wanted to find basic things I do that do not require me to leave my work during the day or stop anywhere on the way home.

The basics.

The things that anybody who is currently living a life relative to the standard “norm” {job, family, responsibilities, etc} could implement simply. After some digging through my routine and mind,

I found a very basic thing; packing my own lunch every day.

I was raised this way, rebelled against it during adolescents then jumped back on that bandwagon when I was creating a budget for my own family.

Let’s just get this cleared up, in my opinion my lunch box is the cutest lunch box out there, and the tupperware came with it so it all matches and that makes my heart happy. But, to be clear, those facts have nothing to do with packing a lunch {they have everything to do my preferences though haha}.

When we were budgeting at first, I used what was available.

This practice is applicable if you own grocery bags and plastic baggies.

How has packing a lunch helped me?

See for yourself:

Packing a lunch ….
  1. Helped me develop new eating and dieting habits {eliminating junk food and sweet treats}
  2. Helps to protect me from the foods I should not eat {keeping my body detoxing regularly and keeping inflammation down}
  3. Helps to ensure that I am getting good quality food {not fast food or whatever is convenient; but good food we get from local produce}
  4. Helped me develop the habit to take a break and eat lunch {preventing exhaustion and unneeded stress]
  5. Helped eliminate stress as packing my lunch became part of my nightly routine
  6. Helped my family follow a budget to get debt free {again no need to resort to eating out or purchasing whatever was available}

It seems so simple to “pack a lunch” yet I see so many people head out of the office to grab lunch, hit the vending machine for a late afternoon snack, or run through the drive thru. Yes, having one more thing to carry can be annoying but that “thing”, that lunch box, makes at least 7 differences in my daily life. Did I confuse you when I said 7?

Ooooo well, the last benefit: packing a lunch helps me not have to use public silverware during flu season!

#germaphobprobs

Okay, so I am not the craziest person when it comes to worrying about germs but, I do like to take precautions during peak seasons. Especially if I had kids using the school’s silverware. Ugh. Okay. I am done now. But, please consider, for the sake of the kids. For real, I am done.

 

“We are only ever one or two decisions away from changing our future.”

 

Until next time,

{be} #salty,

Ashley Jane & The {Be}

Simplify & Refine

This year my “Word” of the year is {be} Simplified.

This branching off of last year’s {be} well, and the prior year’s {be}; all culminating to the creation of the {be}!

In order to simplify life and focus our attentions on our future, goals, and what we {be}lieve is truly important in life, we have adapted a new “lifestyle”. We have simplified our life by changing the where we live and what we live in. Th RV has eliminated the unimportant material items from our life. One could probably argue there are still lots of things that we have that we do not need.

As we extend this mission for the year, I {be}gan to reflect on where else I spend time daily that may not be as necessary as it feels. Sadly I found that to be the time I was spending in front of the mirror every morning getting ready.

Do not get me wrong, getting up and getting ready every day is important. It is important to have a sharp, and well

kept appearance out in the world because first impressions are everything. First impressions can make or break connections when networking. It can seem as if we do not care enough about ourselves to take care of ourselves if we do not stay cautious of our individual appearance on a professional level.

In order to keep first impressions at their best potential, I did some reflecting on what that actually takes in comparison to what I was doing in my daily routine. Then foot and half shorter,
I found a professional look that takes a lot less time and hassle on my daily routine.

As much as I prefer long hair, it takes a lot of effort to keep it looking professional.

This shorter cut saves on the morning routine allowing for more time to get to the things that need done each morning, done. The lifestyle of an Entrepeuner requires lots of focus, eliminating the unnecessary things (the things that can be eliminated without a negative impact on the balance of life) can yield more focus and time.

 

I even expanded upon this hair transformation into limiting the level at which makeup is being done daily.

When there are meetings and more formal settings in my calendar I will consider full application of makeup. Although, for the day to day things I have found it isn’t necessary to completing the professional look. Again, there is importance to taking care of yourself, so I apply a simple CC cream to even out the skin tone and give protection to my skin through out the day. This one item allows me to provide support to the professional look I want but does not require the time of a full application of makeup.

I may think “I look better” with eye liner; but that does not mean it completes the professional daily look.
It took lots of inner reflection to get to these lifestyle changes. But, I am excited to see how they allow my daily success to play out!

Until next time,

{be} #salty

Ashley Jane