Markus Almond of Brooklyn to Mars shares reflections on some big events in his life: finally paying off his credit cards, and getting rid of some possessions in preparation to moving into an apartment. He has learned a lot about becoming a minimalist, and has recently been inspired to “declutter, digitalize and simplify.” Almond’s reprioritization in life included recognizing art, and having healthy relationships and meaningful experiences as more important than buying things and having stuff. He has found a level of peace and enjoyment in his new lifestyle and his financial independence is a cherry on top of his newfound existential freedom. We could all learn a lesson from his eloquent essay.
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Carrie Rattle is a Principal at BehavioralCents.com, a website for women focused on mind and money behaviors. She has worked in the financial services industry for 20+ years and hopes to inspire women to better prepare themselves for financial independence.