10 Responses to “Simplicity in Action: Jim’s Story”


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  1. “And to be honest, I think I am a much happier person for all that has happened to me on my “simple” path.”

    Hi Jim,

    I am a backpacker so I know what you mean there. It is very gratifying to know that everything you need is on your back.
    I also study Buddhism, so yes minimalism has a spiritual aspect to me. By reducing our possesions we attain an understanding and appreciation of what is truly important in life.

    Thanks for sharing,

    Dan @ ZenPresence.com

  2. Jim

    Thanks Courtney for posting my thoughts. That hike was really a life changing event, a trip of a lifetime.

    But what really made a huge difference was getting rid of all that “mental” baggage we carry around with us. After a month or two on the trail, at the end of the day of hiking, you’re just too exhausted to be anything other than the true you. No posturing, no false fronts. It was so refreshing to meet others in the same boat, just plain honesty in our human-to-human interactions. The world would be such a beautiful place if we could move in that direction even just a little bit.

    I hope these essays show others that “simplicity” is not a rare lifestyle, but there are many people out there putting “simplicity into action”, normal people, everyday people. It is so doable. Thanks for posting material like this. It does make the world a better place. SMILE

  3. An inspiring example of living a simple life – valuing others above materialistic needs and egotistical goals. I agree that being less consumed with stuff would help so many people to relate better to each other. Reading this makes me want to continue aspiring to live a simpler life not one focused on stuff.

  4. Kathy Mader

    Thank you, Jim. You are living proof that an American can be empowered to change his lifestyle. I so want to do it but haven’t had the courage of my convictions yet. One day I hope I wake up and “the student is ready.” The message is so clear, what holds us back?

    • Jim

      You’re welcome.

      And don’t worry. You don’t have to make big changes, just start with little ones. I know it sounds corny but the ocean is made up of drops of water – so little things do add up.

      Just smile….

  5. Thank you, Courtney, for spotlighting someone who is an amazing example of ‘Be More With Less’. I participate in a Sunday Post challenge…interestingly, this week’s theme is Simplicity. You might enjoy seeing my post and checking the links to the others.

    Jim…thank you so much for sharing your incredible experiences…you are an inspiration to us all! When the Waldo Canyon wildfires approached the city of Colorado Springs this past summer, my husband rented a storage unit and I helped him pack up a bunch of vintage bamboo flyrods and dozens of collectible sporting books and assorted memorabilia. We made two trips to the storage unit…there were 100 boxes…99 filled with his stuff…1 was mine. For me, it is people who matter.:)

  6. I know that there is no way I could ever carry all of my possessions on my back. I would need many many horses to carry it all around.

    But I am very happy to say that I would need much less horses than a year ago.

    I am working my way down to being location independent, and am very inspired by your story.

    Thank you so much for sharing it.

  7. Thank you for sharing your story, Jim. It is so refreshing to hear you say that much of the world thrives on a frugal and simple lifestyle. Every day, my husband and I work toward simple. We’ve grown together by making Simplify, Prioritize, Automate, and Tweak our motto.

    I love how you mentioned that with each return you were able to live with less. I think that the mistake I made at the beginning is wanting to get rid of it all and beating myself up because it wasn’t so. Now, I am much more gentle with myself and realize that this is a lifelong process.

  8. Hi, Jim – I have experiencing selling nearly all I own and moving overseas. Like you, when I came home I discovered the few things I’d kept were not necessities at all.

    I enjoyed seeing your blog. My daughter’s birth father is from Mongolia, so looking at your photos is exciting! I’d enjoy visiting Mongolia someday.

  9. This is an amazingly inspiring post. I plan to share a link on my blog.

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