A few eagle-eyed listeners noticed a trend in the latest episodes: gaining perspective on a situation, making difficult choices, and living without regret no matter how decisions played out.
And those sleuths were on to something.
Yes, we’ve been working through something big in our lives. And, as usual, we worked it out in real time, in front of you, to share the good, the bad and the ugly. You just didn’t know it until now.
Today’s episode is the conclusion of that process.
Today is also the end of this podcast, our Life Lab Community, and An Uncluttered Life.
(When you listen, you’ll discover all the details, including the Last Chance Sale for all our courses and guides at up to 70% off.)
Bottom line, we’ve made the decision to close our business and end the podcast because it is not working in the way we need it to. Shutting down the business is the only way we can have the space, resources, and energy to discover something that does work for us.
(Hey, we don’t just talk about clearing out what’s not working so you can enjoy more of what does—we actually live this philosophy!)
Hold up, what?!
Before we go any further, let us calm some nerves. We are fine. Better than fine, actually.
You may relate to the feeling of making a difficult decision, like quitting a job, leaving a relationship, or moving away from a place you’ve called home for a long time. The making of the decision is wrenching, but once you’ve decided, there is a wave of peace followed by excitement about the road ahead.
That’s where we are now.
The important thing about a big transition like this is not to rush into something new just to fill the gap if you don’t have to. Because we’ve set up our life to have no debt and very low expenses, we have the luxury of time to figure out what’s next. We also have skills that allow us to easily and quickly find work as freelancers (Betsy is now freelance writing for business clients and off to a great start!)
So, that’s where we are right now. We have a system to float us along in a relatively stress-free way until we figure out what’s next. And we’re more thankful every day we uncluttered our lives to make this possible.
We enjoyed the freedom of living an uncluttered life in the good times, and we are especially enjoying the freedom in the uncertain times!
If you’re wondering what an uncluttered life can do for you in the long-run, through good and bad times, our life is a perfect case study.
And frankly, it does not suck. (Even when life seems to suck at times.)
Legacy and Lifestyle
The hardest part of the decision for us was ending the work that’s been so important for us. Every week we get messages from people who tell us how we’ve helped them make a big change in their lives—financial, emotional, social—and it’s hard to walk away.
What we’ve shared over the past 8 years changed lives, and it certainly changed ours. The circle between us and you is a powerful loop that feeds the desire to live full out, to embrace the opportunities and desires in all our lives. It’s an addictive kind of drug, a community trip of the highest high, and a feeling of harmony and kinship with the best kind of people.
That’s no easy thing to walk away from.
However, what we’ve come to realize is that the loop of goodness begins to weaken when we aren’t able to sustain it. We failed in attracting enough paying customers to our business, and because of that lopsided financial situation, we were contributing more and more of our personal savings and time to keep it going.
In the end, we were working the same hours we did back in our old workaholic lives and paying for the privilege of doing so. That’s not a sustainable situation.
In the end, the balance was off, the loop lost energy, and we knew it was time to call it quits.
(Side Note: Thank you for all the suggestions on how to “fix” things! And if you haven’t yet sent one, please don’t. Believe me, we’ve spent a lot of time and money to correct this over the past year, and we are not making an uneducated decision. Keep in mind you’re hearing about this decision today, and we’ve had months to think about it and work out solutions.) 🙂
What’s in it for YOU
If you’ve ever struggled with letting go of something that isn’t working (or is working *just enough* to keep you hanging on), then this episode is for you. We share:
- How we came to this decision
- The framework we set up a year ago to track our success (or failure)
- The logical process that kept us from reacting to emotional triggers in this decision
- Why a quick exit is better than a long, drawn out one
- What to do with the empty space afterward (so you don’t rush into something just to stay busy)
And now we leave you with one last chance to buy our courses, guides, and books for a substantial discount. If you want to know how we created a life that can withstand the highest highs and the lowest lows without veering off track, then you’ll want to check out these products in the…
Last Chance Sale
As a final farewell, you can have all our guides, courses, and books for up to 70% off in our Last Chance Sale, which ends at midnight Eastern on November 5, 2016. You get an immediate download of the products you buy to store on your computer, so you can start today, tomorrow, next year, or whenever the time is right for you.
We’ll be there to guide you through decluttering your home, getting unstuck and gaining clarity in your life, selling your stuff, learning to speak up and say what you want (and don’t want), how to form a team with your partner, and dozens of practical actions and mindset shifts to help you improve your life on a daily basis.
Once the sale is over, our products will never be available again.
So if you have an inkling that you’ll need this information and guidance in the future, now is the time to get it.
We aren’t dragging this out. We won’t be coming back as An Uncluttered Life or Married with Luggage. This is it, your last chance to get our products before we store them away for good.
Just like we are with this very public admission of failure and how we’re moving on from it, you’ll find explicit, real-world advice in every course, guide and book we offer.
But only until November 5, 2016, at midnight Eastern. So don’t delay!