One thing I’ve realized recently was that since starting the blog I’ve never actually told you guys our story. Since we are now creating a new focus for the blog, I thought I’d begin by telling you guys how we got here. What made us want to live a simpler, more sustainable life.
It was December 2014. Our lives changed forever. There she was. The most beautiful, rosy cheeks I had ever seen. I couldn’t believe this angelic little girl was mine. Our adventure was just beginning. I remember being flooded with so many conflicting emotions. But of all the uncertainties I had that night, one thing I knew to be true – my life was now a blank canvas.
I don’t remember the exact sequence of events (blame it on my mom brain), or pinpoint one decisive moment in our evolution, but it wasn’t anything drastic. It’s more of a progression. We stumbled upon minimalism in our voracious search for a deeper life. Everything’s been an “organic” (pun very much intended) transformation ever since.
I remember looking into my little baby’s eyes and wondering what kind of life and legacy I would leave her. My desire to give her a meaningful life led me to not only want to do better for her but for her generation. And so, our intimate Saturday breakfasts and occasional date nights were now flooded with thoughts about who we were, who we wanted to be, where we wanted life to go, and how we were going to be the best versions of ourselves for our little human.
A light at the end of the tunnel…
After numerous documentaries watched, books read, thoughts floating, plans made, and countless google searches later, we finally looked at each other, and we said let’s do it. We took the plunge. We began decluttering our minds, hearts, home, finances, our relationships, and lastly our diet. What began as questions at the end of 2014, had evolved into steps in the right direction in 2016. Definitely, a new year to remember.
One thing I’ve learned along the way is that minimalism is about living a more sustainable and simple life. And it is not only about things. Every day I find it is more profound than just getting rid of stuff. As complex as it may seem, one thing it is not is a fad or fashion. It’s not simply home decor option. And for us, as believers, it’s a constant reminder of a truth we already know. It’s about getting rid of distractions – be things, people, technology, or whatever it may be, to focus on what truly matters. It’s about doing to others as you would have done to you. About taking life one day at a time and savoring every moment instead of engaging in mindless consumption.
It’s not just a fad..
It involves paradigm shifts, a change of heart and mind, and intentionality. One thing I’ve learned in this process is that it’s definitely not a one size fits all thing. Minimalism and sustainable living will not look the same for everyone, and that’s 100% O.K.! I’m happy to say that we’ve found so much freedom living this way, we don’t ever want to go back to our old life. Every day we conquer a bit more, grow a little more and become a little “weirder” (LOL). And although happiness is not the main goal of this lifestyle, it is most certainly a wonderful by-product.
I hope I’ve left you excited to learn more and hopefully begin your own journey. Stop by next week where I’ll share some easy ways, us everyday folk can begin living more deliberate, meaningful lives with less.
“Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.” – The Minimalists