This is a place to let down, put your feet up and catch your breath in the space of a quiet moment.
Welcome…come as you are…no expectations here.
I am a woman seeking the benefits of Minimalism, but not in the usual sense of the word. It’s much deeper than that.
I want to:
Clear the clutter, distraction,
anxiety and stress
from my mind, heart, home and life
to open up space and opportunity
for what is meaningful;
freedom, stillness, joy, love,
truth, simplicity and belonging.
How do I plan on doing that? One.Step.At.A.Time.
Why one step at a time? To be honest, when I encounter a challenge that requires some type of action, I tend to run ahead before I establish feasibility or know that I need to take action now or at all. Does this sound familiar to anyone?
Most women I think, can relate, because, hey…we are hardwired that way. We jump to find solutions for our spouse or significant other, our kids, our friends and more times than we can count, ourselves.
This mindset has left me exhausted; mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
My obsessions with wanting more stuff, acquiring debt, connection to technology (like an umbilical cord), listening to world and local news, scrolling on social media, texts and messenger, and my own unrealistic expectations for perfection, has left me…what’s the word…I think…“hollowed”. Yes, hollowed…out. Can you relate?
There has to be a better way than this!
I don’t think I’m unique to this condition.
I’ve been on the fast track for quite some time; addicted to work, busyness; not to mention people pleasing, which ladies is a very dangerous combination!
As a result of this frenetic merry-go-round, a natural digression to experiencing more anxiety, panic attacks, aches and pains, loss of sleep and fatigue became my life.
An old perspective…
I’ve been striving for years to find truth, simplicity, belonging and falling short. Something was always missing.
I bought into the idea that if I was just positive enough, worked hard enough and accumulated more…all that I dreamed would become a reality.
Now I long for a life that is simply lived, rather than one of fear, anxiety and chaos.
As I go through this transformation, I’m finding it a stripping away of everything I thought I knew as truth, to be able to accept what I believe is TRUE now.
Just like the metamorphosis of the caterpillar to the butterfly, I am being changed into a new life of sorts.
A new life of FAITH, TRUST and DEPENDENCE in the Creator God.
Now, He invites me to lay down what overwhelms, and find peace and rest in Him.
And I did!
My personal blog, Simple Living, is my journal.
I love journaling! I am an inspirational writer at heart, a lover of country living, red barns, animals, reading, home décor enthusiast; always looking for ways to create a nurturing home and ….uh…books! I love books!
Writing a personal blog will require a certain amount of transparency and dedication. It won’t be easy.
It’s tough to take a complicated life and pare it down to “simply live”.
Sharing my personal thoughts and musings with others; my ups, downs, my successes and failures will all be a part of my story.
At times it may be challenging or heartbreaking.
At other times, there will be heart-warming nuggets of truth and freedom, joyful laughter “’till you snort” moments and also some time for “still waters of rest” for the weary souls out there.
As I start my days in the process of Minimizing…
…my stuff, distractions, anxiety and stress for a life more peaceful and gentle, I will document it as best I can on my blog.
If you would like to walk this journey with me, I welcome your company.
My wish for you is to find inspiration, encouragement, laughter and joy in my journey, as I ease into the freedom of a more simple life in my mind, my heart, at home and in life.
Maybe you will inspired to do the same.
Until next time…