Editor’s Note: This is a post in the series, Simplicity in Action.
If you had asked my mother or me a few years back what we thought about material possessions and the need to have more, we probably would have said that the best things in life aren’t free. We spent money on items we’d later toss, and didn’t bat an eye until the credit card statement or bills would come in. It had been a never-ending cycle of spending more but gaining less. We were in a rut.
Today, we each approach money and material items with a new perspective, thanks to opting for a simpler lifestyle. We honor the old saying of “Think on it” or “Sleep on it” for something we deem necessary in our lives. Before I decide to purchase anything now on a whim, I wait a week or two to see if my life would be improved with that item or if it’s just an unnecessary expense.
We’ve simplified everything in our lives, and it has lifted a huge stress off our backs. Slowly we have been embracing a life of simplicity, removing the clutter, and spending more time on our health and happiness and less on material possession. By doing so, we now have time for the more important things in our lives, such as each other.
My mother and I decided to create a website where we could chart our progress and challenges. This project has been a blessing, bringing us even closer as we tackle our challenges together while we learn who we are as individuals. Together, we offer one another love and support, advice for the hard times, or lend an ear when needed. We embarked on this journey together, but we are discovering who we are as individuals, and that is the most exciting thing.
Visit www.minimalismissimple.com to follow the mother/daughter duo and read about their challenges, discoveries, and journeys.