“The quality of one’s life is largely determined by what one takes out of it, rather than what one puts into it.”
I came across this quote many years ago, and it continues to resonate today. When it comes to vacation, there are two major limiting resources - time and money.
Take a look at your physical space, what can be eliminated? By keeping your space clutter-free, you’ll be more vigilant about wasting money on things that you don’t need or things that you’ll soon tire of.
Spend a few minutes with your calendar, what can be eliminated? Are you committed to things that bring little or no value to you or your family? If so, get rid of these time-sucking, life-sucking commitments.
After you go through these exercises, look at every aspect of your life - physical, mental, relational, financial, and spiritual - you’ll see some things that can be eliminated. Do this and you’ll free up space in your life for something better.
How do I know it’ll be something better? Because the more trash you eliminate from your life, the more care you’ll take in keeping it out.
One elimination I made led to another, and it has been great. We cut the cord to cable, lost sports programming, and I moved away from watching sports. That freed up an enormous amount of time while saving us $600/year.
What replaced those hundreds of hours each year of watching sports? More time and money with friends and family, more time and money to run, more time and money to ski, more time and money to go hiking, more time and money to do lots of things.
Shake things up. Change is good.