When I began my journey to minimalism two years ago, I thought it would be easy. It felt so great to watch the wide eyes of the Goodwill workers as we carried in yet another load of our belongings. I loved feeling lighter and lighter as our rooms and closets all cleared out. I was […]
It’s a good practice to remind yourself of your priorities and how you got to where you are now. Writing them down always helps me because I have a tendency to forget (shocking, right?). The noise of life does a pretty good job of clouding our thinking and distracting us from the important questions we need to be asking ourselves. Take the time to ask yourself why you do what you do. The awareness you will gain is important but keeping it is the vital missing piece to the puzzle.
Exhaustion. Discouragement. Frustration. Distraction. All these things and more can lead to the loss of the “on fire” feelings we once had. In my opinion, it’s just simply not possible to keep up a high intensity level for our passions, our daily pursuits, or even for our relationships. If your fire had faded somewhat, don’t […]
Note: This is a guest post by Rachel Jonat from The Minimalist Mom.
I grew up wanting a lot more than I had.
We lived in a wealthy community and my mother was a single parent of six children. She decided to keep us in that city, despite the difficult social stigma of our situation, because the public schools were great and it was a nice neighborhood for us to grow up in. I believe it was the right decision but it was a hard one. We were the have-nots, the kids without money for the field trip or hot dog days, the kids without winter coats.
So I grew up wanting things I could not have. Mostly clothing. I wanted to dress like everyone else.
Post-holiday clutter can overwhelm and frustrate even the best of our minimalist efforts. We had a great time with family and friends over the Christmas holiday. It was a nice break in routine with lots of baking, visiting, and relaxing. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long before the mess starts to overwhelm the house and the […]