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In July 2009, I quit my job and moved across the country to Portland. I had everything I owned onmy back and $3000 in my bank account.I had no plan, no job lined up. It was the middle o the Great Recession. Everyone told me that Ishouldn’t do it, that it’d be impossible. I’d ail and end up bankrupt, hanging out under the Inter-state with Portland’s large, hippy homeless community.But I didn’t ail, I thrived. This is the story o my minimalist success. It wasn’t easy, but it was pos-sible.Since then, I’ve ound that I can live wherever I want. I’ve been to Seattle, Chicago, and back toBrooklyn. I’m planning to head out to Berkeley in May.This e-book is about how I live this lie.The secret is that being minimalist opens a lot o doors automatically. You just have to ree up the mind-space rom sorting your stamp collection and hauling around the boxes ull o books you’ve already read. When you do, you start to realize that every person on thisplanet can be much reer than they are, they just have to let themselves take the journey.There were only three primary choices I made to leave my job.1, I had to have less than 100 things.2, I had to give up consumerism and cook all o my own ood.3, I had to learn to work on the Internet.The rst two are covered comprehensively in this e-book. The 3rd is another story completely, andperhaps my next e-book will be on the topic.This e-book is a chronicle o my minimalist philosophy or success. Within, I go over in great detailmy minimalist philosophy towards lie. I hope you’ll give it a read.
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