Category Archives: Inspiration

Excuses, Excuses, Excuses

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We’re so good at coming up with excuses why we can’t _____.  Fill in the blank with whatever you want.  Why we can’t save, why we can’t make do with less, why we can’t eat healthy, why we can’t exercise.  I feel that if we spent more time defining our goals, and actually following through with them there would be no more room for excuses.  The easy way out is to immediately think of the many reasons why you can’t.  It is much more productive and beneficial focusing on how you can!

We don’t have to put it off until we can spend an entire week on something important to us.  We don’t even need a full day.  We can spend as little or as much time as we have or feel comfortable with.  Don’t let time constraints stop you from better defining your life.  10 minutes will do just fine to start on the path you want to travel.  Below are a few steps I have outlined to help you find direction and stop the excuses.

  1. Spend 5 minutes thinking about what is truly important to you.  What you want in life, where you see yourself in 5, 10, 20 years.  What truly matters most to you?
  2. With all that fresh on your mind, make a quick list of what your thoughts were.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, this will get you thinking and help as a catalyst to dig deeper into what is truly most important to you and what you wish to get out of life.
  3. Spend 10 minutes a day, reevaluating your list, and helping determine what your priorities are.  It is OK if they change over time.  It happens to all of us.  It is extremely important to know where you are, and where you want to go in order to come up with a plan to get there.
  4. Take Action!  This may require that you have to cut something in order to make the time to focus on your list.  You have already thought it through and know what’s most important to you.  Think of an area of your day that is spent doing something that has nothing to do with your goals and achieving them.  Eliminate that from your life.  Remember, you have listed your top priorities and goals.  The only thing left is to act on them.

You may have to cut out a half hour of TV per night in order to go for a nightly walk.  It may mean knocking out an errand on your lunch that you had planned to do after work in order to take action on one of your priorities.  How long have you talked about someday doing _____, or if I had time_____, or when I can I will_____  The time is now to act and work towards the things that matter most in your life.  Tomorrow will always be tomorrow.  You can only take action TODAY.

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Why is our site titled Luv4Nature?

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You may be wondering why a site that seems to be focused mainly on financial freedom, minimalism, and organization is titled Luv4Nature.  That’s an excellent question!

We had the domain prior to ever deciding to launch our own blog documenting the topics listed above or our journey to financial freedom.  We are avid hikers, bicyclists, and just all around outdoor enthusiasts.  We felt that of all the things in our life, our love of nature is probably the best way to describe us.  You are not your things, the amount of money you have in the bank, your job, your career, or the car you drive.  How often do you meet someone new and the first thing they ask after the introductions is, “What do you do?”  We usually respond with “We hike, bike, travel…” to which we usually get a blank stare and then have to elaborate on the fact that our source of income does not define us.  Our hobbies and interests do.

Saving more money faster, buying less stuff, getting rid of things that do not add value to our life, will all help us on our journey to financial freedom.  This will result in allowing us to pursue the things we value most in life.  Our love of the great outdoors, exploring, traveling, and of course spending time with friends and family are the things we hold most precious in life.

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