No fixed abode

imageHi everyone! I am Elizabeth, I’m 37, and this is my blog. Its called Not Personally for many reasons. One- I have chosen to try a frugal minimalist lifestyle, and am downsizing my life to more or less 100 items. I have lots of decisions to make about whether each item I own deserves to be in my life. I make these decisions with my heart and with my head, and it has honestly been a very natural and rewarding process so far! (more on that later) The blog title comes from this reaction I always have to the many physical things I have gathered in my life- “No, I’m not taking this, personally”- if it doesn’t fit in my life now, it is not coming with me.

The other reason for the title “Not Personally” is that lately I am really trying to take life as it comes. I have suffered with depression and anxiety for many years and life in general has sometimes felt….kinda pointless. I see the connection between material things and emotions, wealth, social status, perception and greed. I struggle watching people get into debt for things they don’t really need. I don’t believe the biggest house is the best, and I’m not impressed by public displays of wealth. I don’t want to just tow the line and work the 9-5 anymore. There is a whole world out there to see, and now that my only kid (Kyd) is off to Uni, I am taking my chance and jumping into travelling, for as long as I can.

With no real plan in mind (except to spend lots of time in Scandinavia, and to island hop for a few months in Greece) I’m packing up here in Bermuda and getting out. I have enough funds saved through 2 years of extreme frugality (more on this later) to see me around Europe for at least 2 years. I plan on taking casual labor if and when I need to, and taking advantage of couch surfing sites, ride shares and anything else the internet has to offer me. I am aiming to find the cheapest or free-est version of everything I might need! I plan on stretching every dollar to its limit, and enjoying the freedom of NO FIXED ABODE.

I hope there will be some inspiration to be found in this blog for anyone who feels the same as I do. I will add any advice I can offer to anyone thinking of travelling. I will be updating weekly if internet allows, and will keep the blog current with photos and tales of my adventures!

The countdown is on, only two months left in Bermuda!

One thought on “No fixed abode

  1. spatterson04 June 21, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    Good read Elizabeth. I look forward to hearing about your adventures.


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