My Path to Minimalism.

Posted by Rae on December 29, 2014 | 6 responses

Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things that we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it. -Joshua Becker, “Simplify”

I have too much shit. Straight up.

I can’t think of any other way to describe my current situation other than stating the obvious. I have too much shit and I need to get rid of it. I don’t think I’m a hoarder but I do tend to hold on to stuff Just-In-Case. And when I sat down and was honest with myself, I realized that the Just-In-Case stuff became You-Know-Damn-Well-You-Dont-Need-This ..

I digress.

I’ve been reading Simplify by Joshua Becker where he pretty much recounts his path to minimalistic living and I felt enlightened. I took physical inventory and I was appalled at just how much stuff I had. This isn’t even including my children. I know I need to do a purge as soon as I can and I’m dedicating this weekend to get a head start down the path to becoming a minimalist.

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Initially, I figured minimalists lived with only a few items, the bare of the bare necessities. (#NOBALOO sorry, I had to.) And well, some do. But given the opportunity to look at it from a different perspective, they determined what their bare necessities were. Becker explains that everyone’s minimalist style will be different and we have creative liberties to decide on what that style will be. Looking at minimalism from this angle made it easier for me to decide that not only is this something that I critically need to do, but it’s something that I feel my family and I can greatly benefit from. And once the physical is done, I’m moving on to mental minimalism.

I’m looking forward to a simpler way of life and a better, more valuable way of living for the ’99 and the 2000 2015. And I’ll be sure to keep you all posted. Here’s to the New Year — to letting go and latching on to contentment & gratefulness!

+ Simplify [Kindle Edition] $.99
+ The Simple Guide to a Clutter Free Home
+ 12 Simple Strategies to Create Space Each Day
+ Becoming Minimalist via Facebook
+ Apartment Therapy – The January Cure

“There are two ways to be rich: One is by acquiring much, and the other is by desiring little.” -Jackie French Koller

Do you feel you could benefit from living a more minimal lifestyle?

It’s Monday Again.

Posted by Rae on September 15, 2014 | 6 responses

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Unusually, I’m grateful to see Monday. My weekends have been everything I’ve needed. Life has been going pretty smoothly as of late. I honestly cannot complain. I am really in a good place in my life and I’ve gotten a chance to get rid of all of the negativity and hurt that I’ve been carrying around for years. And so many people have recently left my life while others have entered to really assist me with lightening the load. I couldn’t ask for a better feeling.

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I’ve reached a roadblock with my thesis. Time is winding down for my personal completion date. I’ve considered other alternatives so we’ll see what will happen. This week I plan to get a lot done – Godspeed. I defend in November and worst case scenario is that I graduate next year in May rather than this December as originally planned. At this point, that doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.

It’s been hard trying to maintain this blog with all that I have going on. I haven’t been all work though. Lately, I’ve been impatiently waiting for the weekends to arrive so I can have fun with my family, friends, and new like interest. LOL! Most of the times when I come here, I have SO much to say and blog about that I just get so overwhelmed and decide to gather my thoughts at a later time. And then all those “later times” turn into weeks.

I hope all is well with all of you. I’m trying my best to figure out how I can update and stay tuned regularly. Bare with me.

With Love, Rae.

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