‘Ello fellow readers. I am still trying to figure out all this blog craziness. It’s been fun figuring it all out and realizing how invested I am & want to be in this blog. I definitely feel gravitated towards this idea and I want to keep pursuing this. Also, getting all of your positive feedback has been amazing, so thank you!

I can’t get over how happy I am in this time of my life! It’s amazing how your idea of happiness changes depending on the environment you are in. It’s not like I was depressed a year or two ago, but this is just complete day-to-day bliss and I think there are a couple key ingredients to this way of thinking.

The simple life, is the best life.

Minimalist way of living has treated me well. Our home is about 400 sq ft., above someone’s garage in an alley. I work 25 hours a week, only weekends. I don’t have a mortgage, car payments, or a credit card (I am paying back student loans, which is enough frustration, annoyance, & debt for me). When I hang out with my friends, it usually includes chillln’ at someone’s place with some deep discussions & wine. Now, I’m not saying I don’t like to go out once in a while to a concert, out to eat, etc. I just don’t make it a weekly thing. My free time is spent hiking, reading, writing, eating, exploring, hittin’ up the gym, & sharing constant laughter with Kolin & our fur babies.

What is the one key component that is similar in the things I just stated?


When I was full time at my job, I made a good amount of extra spending money. And, what did I do with all the extra cash flow? Well, of course I spent it! Frivolously. On clothes that won’t fit in my tiny hole of a closet, home decor, going out to eat too many times, basically things that aren’t a necessity. Since my only ‘bills’ are rent, car insurance, & student loans, it’s easy to make excuses to spend money on silly, spontaneous things.

I’m making about half of what I was, being part-time now, and I am putting more money into my savings than I ever was. I spend my free time doing more spiritually enlightening (and free) activities. Hiking, writing,being active, reading, etc. I would not have started this blog if I was still working full-time, I can tell ya that.

Basically, I am the ‘poorest’ I have ever been, materialistically & financially. BUT,

I’ve never been happier.

Material items will come and go, they will be rewarding and cool until the next fad comes along and it no longer makes you happy until you have the next cool, new thing that’s being advertised. In my personal experiences, I have realized nature, hanging out with like-minded people, and utilizing my creative side has made me the happiest I have ever been.

I know work is a have-to in this country in order to live (which kinda sucks). But that’s why I like to spend as little as possible, so I can work as little as possible! It may seem immature, childish, whatever you boring adults would like to call it. But, I like to think there is a way to ‘grow up’ without people imagining slaving your life away at a desk, at the same job for 30-40 years, having kids, settling down, buying a house with a mortgage, etc. I believe in being able to be a successful adult by creating endless learning experiences with traveling, finding weird, spontaneous jobs, and meeting new people on a daily basis. To me, success is expanding my knowledge on life…and being happy. 🙂

Until next time,

– morgan


4 thoughts on “Simplicity

  1. Emily says:

    Beautifully written.
    I am curious though, how was the transition between making all that cash flow, to only working part-time? I absolutely love the philosophy you live by, but was it scary to change your life?


    • morganshickell says:

      It really wasn’t too hard to adjust. When I was full time I had no idea where all my money was going, I had the subconscious mindset that I have money so I can spend money. Now being part time, I feel no need to spend cash, besides bills. Which is smarter for me for how small my place is/how expensive it is in Colorado (compared to where I’m from). I wouldn’t say it was scary because I’m not saving up for any big future plans yet, just layin’ low and havin fun while I can!


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