Clearing out clutter isn’t always easy because the mess may belong to someone else. This all-too-common problem happens when families try to minimize heaps of items in the home. And one of these challenges occurs when parents become empty nesters.
After removing the nonessential things in my life, I uncovered a deeper meaning of minimalism. It’s not just about getting clutter out of the home or finding ways to improve schedules. Sure, that is where it starts, but most importantly, it’s about finding the real person you want to be. These are questions I continually ask myself –
“There is a saying in Tibetan, ‘Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.’
No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.”
― Dalai Lama XIV
I’m starting something new by dedicating a post each month about what is inspiring me lately. This month I was inspired by strength. I observed or heard about situations where strength was used in challenging situations. It’s motivating when people use their strong will to get through tough circumstances.
Weddings are crazy expensive. My 6 year anniversary is coming up this year and my husband and I still talk about our buyer’s remorse from the wedding. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good day and we’re grateful for everything, but it wasn’t the best way to spend money.
The room was uncomfortably quiet. It was as quiet as a church. The lights were dim and the smell of lavender filled the air. I had no idea what I was in for when I joined a yoga class for the first time.
Happy new year everyone and welcome 2016! The new year is an exciting time when new goals are set and we think about the things we will learn or do in the coming year. Or maybe you skip setting goals by celebrating January 17, the day dedicated to ditching new year’s resolutions.
As a minimalist, I at times, dread the holiday season in December. Why? One reason – gifts and the stress that it causes. This may seem odd, but I prefer not to receive gifts. I have everything I need – a roof over my head, food, water, and clothes.
The past few years I’ve been wanting to start a new tradition for the holidays and this year I’m finally doing it. I’m making sure that people less fortunate than my family and I are getting gifts before we do.
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s simple, it’s filled with great food, family, and it’s a reminder of all the things we should be thankful for. I’m thankful for many things and don’t have enough room to write about all of them, but I will highlight some that come to mind:
Embrace each moment because life is valuable. As I grow older, each year moves faster and faster and I have recognized that life is short. This is one of many reasons why I have minimized the amount of material things I want to handle, so that I can maximize my time living life fully.