If you were to lose all of the material possessions that you own right now, including the shirt off your back, would you be able to replace them all? Or, would you have to beg, borrow, or steal in order to get it all back? Chances are, you'd have to pick one of the three options in the latter statement. If that's the case, the naked truth is: you can't afford your lifestyle. I have to tell you, I used to get caught up in things. Coach, Dooney & Burke, Bebe, Tiffany & Co.,and Nordstrom were a few of my favorites. I was like every other consumer, enticed by the media and society, thinking that the display of luxurious things meant that you had made it. I was on my way to living the American dream right? Wrong! But I was living the American reality...a consumer, debt accumulating reality. I might have looked the part, but my bank account and credit scores said something completely different. So I stopped. I decided that I didn't want to live like every other middle class American, and I gave up that lifestyle for a life of freedom. It turns out that I didn't lose anything except the weight of debt, and I want to keep it going. You can do it to if you choose to. In fact, if you really want to be free you'll have to, at least temporarily.
As I continue on this journey towards debt freedom, I'm learning that real riches cannot be seen. To be healthy, wealthy, wise, and free is to be truly rich. Unfortunately, none of these will be going on sale at your local retailer any time soon. Are you prepared to go naked?
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