How to get your crap together

11:56 PM

I wrote recently about why people don't move overseas. I'm convinced that the single greatest reason people don't move overseas is fear. They're afraid of disappointing their moms, their friends, their churches. They're afraid they'll ruin the lives of their children or that they'll be making a mistake. They're afraid.

Unfortunately, if you want to live your life the way you want, at some point you're going to have to get over your fear. This might mean that you disappoint people you thought were important and it might mean you do make a few mistakes, but you'll never know whether or not you'll succeed until you try. If everyone in the world who was afraid they'd mess up never tried, nothing would ever get done.

Here's how you can get your crap together and move overseas, simplify your life, or become a better prepper.

Reading a book like Gorilla Mindset is a great way to start. Even though this book is geared toward men, I really enjoyed it and I am definitely all girl. You should read books that motivate you. I have several prepping books available on Amazon, as well as minimalist living books. These things are important to me, so I write about them. I also read about them. When I'm not writing, I am almost always reading. I read books I agree with and books that I hate. I read lots of different opinions and viewpoints and then figure out what works best for me. If you want to be brave, read books on bravery. If you want to stand up to your family, read books on boundaries. ("Boundaries" is a great book.) If you want to move overseas, read books on how it's done. If you want to simplify, read minimalism books.

What do you want? What are your goals? Write them down. When they're written down, you'll have a better chance to really explore what you want. Sometimes seeing things in print makes it seem more serious. Sometimes it makes things seem more attainable. If there's something you want, write it down, then create a list of steps. Figure out exactly what you need to do to make this thing happen. For example, if you want to publish a book next year, where do you start? Maybe you'll write one chapter each week. Maybe you'll write 2,000 words a day. Maybe you'll join a writer's group. How you reach your goal doesn't matter. What matters is that you reach it. Write down your goals and create a plan.

Finally, you just have to do it. You have to jump. You have to try. When we decided to move overseas, we had quite a few people think we were insane. A lot of people thought we wouldn't go through with it. My husband didn't have a job when we left for Taiwan and we didn't have resident visas. We left, trusting that everything would work out and that even if it didn't, we'd be okay. We have our faith and we have each other. Even if our entire plan to move overseas completely failed, we'd survive, and we'd know that it was okay because we tried.

Whether you want to prep, downsize, declutter, move, or learn a new skill, you just have to put yourself out there.

The idea that you might fail is horrifying, but failing is better than not trying. Failing is better than being too scared to even risk anything. If you spend your entire life avoiding risks, you're never going to live.

Today, figure out what you want. Where do you want to be in a month? In six? In a year? What do you want to be doing? Maybe you want to be self-sufficient or have a savings account. Maybe you want to be minimalist. Maybe you just want to downsize. No matter what your goals are, remember two things: 1) They aren't stupid. 2) You can do it. You have to be willing to work hard, to try your best, and to ignore the haters. They'll always be there. Prove them wrong by succeeding when they think you won't.

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