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Frugal freedom

What does frugality mean? It means listening to yourself and not the world around you. It means examining your financial woes and whys and asking yourself, "What do I need to be fulfilled?" You'll find that, perhaps surprisingly, you need very little. Become aware of outside manipulation and let it go. Freedom will follow. Find out more!

In search of fulfillment

There is a trend these days towards frugality or paring down. Some people call it, "voluntary simplicity." Whatever it is, it is catching and it's oh-so enlightening. Frugality means listening to yourself and not the world around you in its rush and rhetoric. Frugality means being quiet and aware of what it means to be nothing else but YOU. It also means listening to the earth and its needs which, in all truth, are ever so simple and ever so important. Listen to the messages that are bombarding our lives by the media and, closer to home, by the people around you at work, at the park, at the checkout. Examine your financial woes and whys and ask yourself, "what do I need to be fulfilled?"

You'll find that, perhaps surprisingly, you need very little. Become aware of outside manipulation and let it go. Freedom will follow. Why? When we let go of outside influences and outside interference, our true nature can shine through and an understanding of who we are and what makes us unique resonates loud and clear. How much money do you spend on "little things" every day without really thinking about them?

The real rewards of life

Do you really need to "reward" yourself with "things" when a really true reward would be simply some silence and a refreshing lungful of fresh air? Why do you need a new designer name outfit for that morning jog when an old beloved pair of shorts and t-shirt would do the job just as well? Who are you living for and why is it not for YOU?

Frugality and simplicity allow you to become more "inner aware" which ultimately means coming to terms with your life, how you live it and what you need in it in order to make you happy, content and fulfilled. For most of us, change is difficult in that what we would LOVE to do is not necessarily the most lucrative and therefore not the most practical since we need some kind of financial backing in order to live. That said, examining where you are and where you would like to be can be a stepping stone to change and your ultimate goal. Perhaps you love the country but have a well paying job and a cramped, overpriced apartment in the heart of a busy city. Can you set a goal towards perhaps relocating to a smaller town thereby saving money on housing and settling for a train ride into work?

Beware of outside influences

Do you long to paint professionally but work in sales to meet your debt load? Perhaps a reexamination of your spending habits, housing costs and what's important to you will open your eyes to the possiblity of realizing your artistic endeavors.

As in all things, outside influences are detrimental to our inner health. If we allow others to dictate how we should live our lives, we get lost in the shuffle and expire with nary a realized dream. Frugality and simplicity allow us to shut out those niggling voices, reconnect with what is right and good for ourselves, and live our truth.

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