December 6, 2012 in Simple Stories
Today we have a guest post from Saida. She shares her thoughts and experience with Simple Living. Thanks so much Saida for sharing!
In the Summer of 2011, I read Simplicity Parenting, by Kim John Payne. I was intrigued. When I completed the book I wanted to learn more so I google-ed ‘simple parenting’. My Google search unearthed an entire movement that had somehow missed my radar.
Although I had always liked the idea of simplicity, I had never given any serious thought to its practical implications.
Over the past year, I have been working towards a simpler life and I’ve begun the process of de-cluttering my home. It’s a slow process and I sometimes feel like it will never end. I de-clutter, but when I look around I there is still so much more I could keep simplifying. So I do another round. I’m getting there…slowly.
Ever since I was a teen I’ve wanted to travel and see the world but our family can’t afford to live that dream – at least not yet. I realize now that it’s not just a dream. We can travel more. We can see the world. We just have to work at making intentional choices to fulfill the dream.
Last year, our family moved into a bigger house (with four kids, we thought we needed the space). If I had joined the simple living bandwagon a little earlier, I would have made a different choice. I’m a classic example of better late than never!
My kids love having their own rooms and my husband loves the space. I have to admit, so do I. But I’d rather travel the world than spend my days dusting and cleaning my nice, big house.
Before, I didn’t dare call myself a minimalist. It felt hypocritical. Instead I called myself a simple living enthusiast.
Then, I followed a link to Lorilee Lippincott’s blog post (You Are a Minimalist). In her post, Lorilee confronts the fear people have of owning the title of being a minimalist.
She’s right. I’m afraid of owning the title and it has held me back. Thanks to Lorilee, I realize I have nothing to fear, nothing that is, except the negative voices in my head!
I’m at the beginning of my simple living journey. No-one simplifies overnight. It takes time. It’s a process. A relative process. It’s not a yardstick to measure yourself against.
So from now on:
I am making conscious choices for a simpler life.
My life won’t be defined by my material possessions.
I am working towards a life of what I need and love while reducing clutter.
My name is Saida and I am a minimalist.
If that’s what it takes to be a minimalist, then I proudly take on the title. I can’t wait to see where it takes me.
Saida just launched a new site this week. Check it out