Then Half the Clothes is the right place for you!
But I’m kind of obsessed with people who feel dissatisfied and stuck.
I meet them constantly in my never-ending travels. At university, I wrote my senior thesis on exactly this phenomenon: the other equipment operators at the coal mine where I worked regularly admonished me not to end up like they did – working a job I don’t love for decades.
If you’re happy with your life, GREAT. Hell yeah! Go you!
But if you’re craving change, it’s time to stop thinking with your fears and dreams and start thinking with your brain. Here are some inspiration and tools you need to ditch your 9 to 5 habits. I’ve blocked out time in late 2017 to write up lessons learned in the seven years I’ve lived (so far!) outside the rat race.
For now, if travel is the method you’re dreaming of using to break your own mold, start here. For those with the desire and the courage, travel is an excellent path to transformation. Why? It isolates you from the years of learned cues and habits that constantly undermine our attempts to change.
Can’t or don’t want to travel? Rest easy knowing an at-home journey can produce the same awesomeness!
Why You Matter to Me
Your personal growth not only improves your life, but the lives of all those you touch. That domino effect makes the world a better place. And I’m ridiculously altruistic. (Or maybe just ridiculous!)
I’m confident that once you have the life you want – catalyzed by transformative travel or just the resources here – you’ll discover real community. With plenty of time and emotional energy left over to give to others, you’ll become part of a network of people who are also giving back to you.
You’ll become one of the richest people you know.
You’ll have the sense of security you got from your past paycheck-to-paycheck, 40+ hour a week life. But you’ll also have the time freedom you always dreamed of. Time to spend with family and friends. Time to be outside. Time to play.
How to Begin Now
If your dream is just to stop the endless cycle of beating a path between your front door and your desk, paying off debt, paying bills, doing laundry, cooking, cleaning, maintaining your home and belongings, maybe taking care of your health, and consuming media, restaurant food, booze, and material possession for fun… yes! You can do it!
First you need inspiration, then you need an action plan.
The courage to live outside our cultural default – a permanent cycle of consumption and exhaustion in exchange for a sense of security – is challenging to maintain in the face of the same patterns, people, and places that have always surrounded you.
Break the mold. Check out Tools To Become Fearless & Unstoppable.
What The Site Isn’t
Some folks dreaming of Italian villas or Thailand’s beaches have only consumptive travel in mind. There are PLENTY of other travel blogs about that out there. If you’re just wanting to smash through your bucket list so you can have a trophy collection of experiences, I’m not your gal.
- Half the Clothes is not a travel blog about me. It’s a transformative travel and personal development site. It’s a collection of stories to make you smile, laugh, and breathe sighs of relief that it hasn’t happened to you!
- Half the Clothes is also not anti-40-hour-work-weeks. A solid group of folks in this world thoroughly enjoy their 40, 50, 60, 70 hour a week existence. They would never call what they do “the daily grind.” I used to trade my time for money at a rate of 50 to 80 hours per week. I still spend 40 to 60 hours a week focused on responsibilities to others, but I stopped earning money. The things I get instead (more on this in 2017!) are way more valuable. I love my life. Forty hours is only a problem when what you’re doing drains you of energy to do anything else.
- Half the Clothes is not a website designed to make the author money. I see plenty of sites and blogs with paid content that many site owners see as a fact of life. Here’s Why I (Mostly) Say No To Sponsored Posts. I agree with Wandering Earl: “offering up B.S. doesn’t help anyone. My goal is to help you, not to get a company to see me as the perfect traveler to peddle their wares to the masses salivating with envy as the read about my global exploits.”
Why “Half the Clothes?”
When I started the site, I read through travel quotes looking for domain-name ideas. I loved Susan Heller’s advice:
Long before I watched Fight Club and heard Tyler Durden say “the things you own end up owning you,” I’d been wary of the amount of emotional and mental space we donate to stuff.
It was pretty easy for me to prioritize Ms. Heller’s packing advice when I hit the road.
Traveling with minimal possessions opens the traveler up to amazing experiences. I knew it intuitively, have experienced it first-hand, and spent weeks in sweltering internet cafes writing an insanely detailed packing list to make sure other travelers have the same opportunities.
When you take ‘half the clothes’, you’re worrying less about yourself and your needs. You’re able to go with the flow, seeing bumps in the road as opportunities. ‘Half the clothes’ inspires an outward focus that allows you to experience the depth and richness of community. Community – a sense of fellowship and connection – is why many people long to travel in the first place.
I know after years of continuous travel that the ‘half the clothes’ mentality applies both at home and abroad. The ‘half the clothes’ lifestyle makes it possible for you to have the richest existence imaginable and to share your spoils with those around you – whether you’re on the road or deeply rooted in once place. ♣
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