Simple Living

Simple Living and Minimalism

  • Christmas is for Love
    Christmas is for love. It is for joy, for giving and sharing, for laughter, for faith, and for reuniting with family and friends. But, mostly Christmas is for love. I had not believed this until a small elfin like pupil with wide innocent eyes and soft rosy cheeks gave me a… ... read more
    Source: Becoming Minimalist Published on 2018-12-13
    1 month ago
  • If You Crave a Slow Quiet Holiday Season
    If you crave a slow, quiet, holiday season, it’s not too late, but you may have to do something that makes you uncomfortable. You are going to have to protect your free time, and create some white space on your calendar by saying no. Image credit: Becoming Unbusy Saying… ... read more
    Source: Be More With Less Published on 2018-12-12
    1 month ago
  • THAT Person is More Important Than Your Phone
    I took my kids to the eye doctor earlier this week—optometrist is the word if I wanted to sound smart. While in the waiting room, I watched an event unfold. I thought I’d share it with you. A young child emerged from the examination room followed by the doctor and… ... read more
    Source: Becoming Minimalist Published on 2018-12-07
    2 months ago
  • A Soulful Simplicity Celebration
    Last December, I released my book, Soulful Simplicity. I hope you’ll celebrate the one year anniversary a little early with me. The book came out on December 26th and I’m sure those of you with birthdays or special occasions that fall on the day after Christmas will understand why I’m… ... read more
    Source: Be More With Less Published on 2018-12-04
    2 months ago
  • Want to Enjoy More of Your Holiday Season? Remove These 10 Things.
    I love the holiday season. It’s one of the most memorable times of the year and a reminder for all of us to focus life on important things. But it can often become a season of hurry, rush, and stress. We add commitments and events and consumerism to our… ... read more
    Source: Becoming Minimalist Published on 2018-12-03
    2 months ago
  • Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.
    Every two weeks, I post a list of inspiring articles to help you on your journey to own less. I do this for two reasons. First, the journey toward owning less is countercultural and encouragement is helpful. Second, I think it is important to draw attention to other writers,… ... read more
    Source: Becoming Minimalist Published on 2018-11-30
    2 months ago
  • Presence Before Presents (and maybe a few gifts too)
    When I decided to simplify my life and reduce my belongings, I made an exception. I quietly told myself that holidays wouldn’t count. I wasn’t going to be one of those bah-humbug minimalists who didn’t exchange gifts. Slowly though, year after year, I wanted less … fewer gifts for me,… ... read more
    Source: Be More With Less Published on 2018-11-28
    2 months ago
  • Practice Generosity with The Hope Effect on Giving Tuesday
    If you’ve spent much time reading Becoming Minimalist, you know generosity is a recurring theme. My life improved dramatically when I stopped accumulating possessions. As a result of that important decision, I discovered greater opportunity to practice generosity—with my money, my time, and my energy. When the pursuit of… ... read more
    Source: Becoming Minimalist Published on 2018-11-27
    2 months ago
  • Is It Time for Us to Rethink How We Give Gifts?
    Twenty-five years ago, Christmas was not the burden that it is now. There was less haggling and weighing, less quid pro quo, less fatigue of body, less wearing of soul; and, most of all, there was less loading up with trash.” —Meredith Deland in Harper’s Bazaar, 1904 Giving gifts is… ... read more
    Source: Becoming Minimalist Published on 2018-11-23
    2 months ago
  • Simplify Gratitude (a short and sweet guide to saying thank you)
    It’s hard to complain when you are expressing thanks. Gratitude overrides self-pity, FOMO (fear of missing out) and other feelings of lack or not enoughness. Sometimes though, in the chaos of life, we don’t put our gratitude into action and gratitude in action is powerful. It lifts you and everyone around… ... read more
    Source: Be More With Less Published on 2018-11-20
    2 months ago
  • Replace Frustration with Appreciation
    Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our… ... read more
    Source: Becoming Minimalist Published on 2018-11-19
    2 months ago
  • 31 Days of Gifts You so Deserve: for more calm, comfort and joy
    Announcing 31 Days of Gifts You So Deserve has been my cue to kick off the holiday season for the last six years. It’s become something I look forward to every year and based on the emails I start receiving in July, I know many of you do too. This year,… ... read more
    Source: Be More With Less Published on 2018-11-15
    2 months ago
  • Why It’s a Terrible Idea to Put your Resolutions on Hold
    The idea of a brand new year and a fresh start can be hopeful and exciting. I used to think about my new year’s resolutions months in advance, dreaming about the changes I would make and the new and improved version of me. I did way more dreaming than actual… ... read more
    Source: Be More With Less Published on 2018-11-12
    2 months ago
  • The Minimalist Home
    I wrote another book. It’s called The Minimalist Home, and it’s my step-by-step guide to decluttering each and every room of your home. Why, you might ask, did I write this book? Certainly there are many other books about decluttering, minimizing, and de-owning. You’ve probably heard of them. Maybe… ... read more
    Source: Becoming Minimalist Published on 2018-11-12
    2 months ago
  • Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.
    Fill your life with stories to tell, not stuff to show. The simplicity/minimalism movement is a beautiful community. And I enjoy any opportunity to promote writing that encourages people to live more by owning less. So fix yourself a nice warm cup of coffee or tea. Find a quiet… ... read more
    Source: Becoming Minimalist Published on 2018-11-10
    2 months ago

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