Create More Professional Freedom with 3 Simple Lifestyle Shifts

#2. Determine what spending actually feels right.

Alice Crady
Ascent Publication
Published in
8 min readJan 18, 2021


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Laying on my bed on a Tuesday afternoon, my head felt dizzy. My boss wanted to promote me. I would gain more money, social status, impressive projects, and excellent benefits. An hour later, I sent in my resignation notice.

Despite having worked hard for that promotion, I knew what I really needed was a break. I had been burning out, and deep down, I knew I needed time to reflect, reconnect with myself, and do inner work.

Through a minimalist lifestyle and intentional finances, I had saved enough money to take at least eight months off.

One-by-one, I had that last conversation with different coworkers, and to my surprise, many of them seemed jealous: “Good for you! I wish I could do that.” “But you can…” I wanted to say.

Leading up to that choice, I have been pursuing simplicity for seven years, starting with clearing out my closet in college and reading minimalist blogs to exploring personal finance books. I wanted my life to feel more intuitive.

“Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life,” said Jerzy Gregorek. The decisions to let go or make counter-cultural choices are not easy. This journey has forced me to be honest with myself, and it’s worth it.

What if you could feel happier and more whole with less? What if you could determine exactly how much money you actually need to feel fulfilled? What if you could spend tons of money on what you love without feeling guilty?

You can.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to intentional living for financial freedom.

  1. Clear out your unnecessary things. You can use and enjoy things without feeling guilty or overwhelmed by them. I’ll share expert-backed questions that help me to feel aligned with my physical possessions.
  2. Determine what spending actually feels right. Our time is our most precious resource, and we trade most of it for money. By reflecting on the actual cost of our purchases, we can align spending to personal fulfillment.
  3. Increase spending on what you love. Sometimes money does buy happiness, and that path…



Alice Crady
Ascent Publication

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