Less Stuff, More Happy / by Nicole Paulus


As of December 2nd, I am no longer a resident of Arizona. Instead, I am a citizen of the road. I sold all of my stuff (well the big stuff--I kept a bulk of my clothes, shoes, and a few mementos like my correspondence collection), packed up my dog and headed towards Tucson. I will be staying with my granny in the Old Pueblo through the holidays and then I will gone with the wind. From there I will head towards Atlanta and stay with friends along the way. After that--WHO KNOWS? Move to NYC or Berlin? Build a tiny house? Keep traveling forever and ever? 

Sure this might be the scariest thing I've ever done, but you know what? I'm excited! Really, really excited. I wasn't happy with the way my life was going, so I changed it (err...eventually.)

For years, I have toyed with this very idea--selling everything I own and hitting the road. Like many others my age, I've been too busy "nesting" to actually go through with it. After years of acquiring lots of stuff, I had an epiphany--STUFF DOESN'T MAKE ME HAPPY! My new "less stuff, more HAPPY" approach to life meant there was no room for fillers. I had to evaluate what it was that truly made me happy, and build my life around that. 

Below is a list of just a few of the many things that make me happy:

1. Exploring a new city on foot, solo

2. Sharing a beer with my 81 year old granny

3. Going to silly museums with old friends

4. Dancing the night away with my sissy 

I suggest you make your own Happy List and reference it often. If you find that you are filling your life with too much "STUFF" and not enough "HAPPY", I recommend shifting your life around a bit. Sure it's scary, but oh so worth it :) 

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