It's been a difficult year, filled with personal change, renovations, selling my house, buying a condo, selling/donating almost all of my personal possessions and then moving across the country. Now I'm in a new city and having to settle in/make new friends.
The move definitely cemented my minimalist beliefs. I went from about 1600 sq ft of living space to 740 sq ft of living space (plus a small storage shed, probably about 25 sq ft). I got rid of a lot of clothes I was hoping to fit into again one day and a lot of items that I simply held onto because I had the space to store them in my home in Ontario. There is definitely not a lot of clutter at my new place.
The move has meant a significant change in my income, about $25k less a year. Crazy, right? I'm currently only working one job and my schedule at my new base involves fewer hours so I'm having to be really strict with my finances right now. 2016 will involve some serious decisions about having to increase my income. I'll either have to go back to working 2 jobs or by taking a demotion so that I earn less per hour but have the opportunity to work more hours with a better schedule. Right now, I'm trying to get by on what I earn and focus on making connections with people here in Calgary.
I'm attempting to maintain my minimalist lifestyle and also be a more ethical consumer. I'll try to keep you updated on the challenges and progress I make.