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Life Changes… in the last 25 months

Life Changes - China - by Bryon Lippincott25 months ago was the end of April 2011 and we were making some big life changes.

25 months ago we were at the edge of huge change.  It was pretty scary and we were definitely questioning our decision.

25 months ago we were ready to step into minimalist living.

25 months ago we knew we wanted a simpler life but we weren’t sure how it would work for our family.

25 months ago my kids were only 4 and 7.

25 months ago we had just finished getting rid of most of our household belongings and were taking the leap to move… to leave our house… to drastically reduce our living space… to go from homeowners to renters.  These are big life changes!

25 months ago we were taking steps toward the life we wanted, but we knew it wasn’t common or normal. We were both confident and scared at the same time.

Now, 25 months later, we own enough belongings to fit in 2 suitcases and 4 carry on bags as well as a few tubs of our memory items stored with family.  We are living in China and are so glad for the changes we made to make this life possible.

The life changes we made so we could start living our dreams were worth it.

25 months ago we dreamed about being able to travel as a family.  We dreamed about only having as many belongings as we could carry through airports.  But we were several big life changes away from our dream.

25 months ago it sounded really crazy

There has been lots of learning and set-backs along the way, but 25 months later we are where we want to be.

In the last 25 months, through our life changes, we have learned:

  1. It is possible to live with way less than you think you can – and still be happy.  It is a HUGE mental shift and different people can part with things at different speeds, but if you keep experimenting and challenging yourself it is possible.
  2. Kids don’t need near as many things as most people think.  My kids do still have toys but they still spend most of their time cutting and taping cardboard and acting out imaginary games.
  3. People do judge you based on what (and how much) you own.  This is just part of being human.  When you start to make life changes some people think we are crazy, but some people think the idea is really neat.  It is difficult, but still possible, to do things you believe in even though people will judge.
  4. Life really isn’t that different.  The kids still fight, the laundry and dishes still need to be done, etc.
  5. Life can also be pretty different… we can play out our ordinary life in China or driving around the US
  6. Life Changes always look harder in the future than they do in the past.  Trust me!
  7. People all over the world are starting to question the more-bigger-materialistic life.  It really isn’t that strange of an idea.  I have heard from all kinds of people all over the world – huge age ranges, different professions, different family make-ups, different economic levels and more – all interested in living simpler.  There are way more people thinking about it than I thought.

If I could

If I could talk to the ’25 months ago me’ I would love to share these things with her. I would want her to know that these life changes were worth it. But since I can’t talk to her, if you are starting to simplify, I will tell you.

You are doing the right thing.  Right now these life changes seem hard and crazy, but they are possible.  Your dreams of a simple life for yourself (or your family) are possible!  It takes work, it takes a lot of questioning your previous believes, but you can do it.

As you make life changes people will think things, people do that.  Some people will think what you are doing is good and some won’t agree with you. Remember you aren’t living your life for them or for their approval… especially if they are just some stranger at the grocery store.. don’t worry about them.

Your dreams will take time and they will take work, but they are also probably closer and easier than you imagine right now.

Dream, work, love, live, grow and keep moving.  It is totally worth it!

25 months ago I knew I wanted to make life changes, I knew I wanted to live as a minimalist but wasn’t sure I really could.  I looked at people who counted their things or lived very small.  I was intrigued by it, but thought it might be to extreme for us.

Now, 25 months later, these life changes just makes sense.

Photo Credit: My amazing hubby – Bryon Lippincott


  1. Kathy Kathy

    Love the post! I think it’s so amazing that you followed your dream like that.

    I have one question: what did you do with all the photos you probably had? Did you have them scanned and do away with the physical photos? I have several huge albums of photos back from the days before digital cameras. I have gone thru and streamlined so much of my stuff, but those albums still take up more space than anything except our kitchen stuff and my youngest daughter’s stuff.

    • I did get rid of quite a few older photos. There was a lot of physical photos I had that really weren’t that good and were way more than I needed for the event or time. Now, I also have several albums that I have stored in our memory box 🙂 I am sure they could be scanned and kept that way if you wanted to, it would definitely take up less space and you could keep a few different copies which would make the memories safer.

  2. Sarah T. Sarah T.

    Great post. It’s so fun to look back and reflect. Thanks for sharing your journey with us!

    For Kathy, I’ve been slowly digitizing my albums. I started with the ones from my mom from my childhood. I take the time to change the dates on the jpegs since I have the dates available in the albums or back of pics. I want to do it right, and since I’m not pressed for time, it can be a fun leisurely activity. I’ve also been going throug my old journals and typing out important stuff- family vacations, humerous stories, etc to keep a record of those. I have a beautiful cedar chest from a great aunt and my ultimate goal is to have all our family’s keepsakes confined to that one spot.

  3. Erin Erin

    So inspiring! I just want to clap my hands for you! I love it when people make their dreams reality. 🙂

  4. This is both inspiring and encouraging. It is amazing what can happen when we start to question if “normal” is really what’s best for us. We’ve downsized and are working on getting rid of even more. It is so freeing, and I’m thankful to have the regular encouragement your blog brings. Thank you for your ministry and for inviting us all along for the ride!

  5. So well said, Lorilee! I found myself nodding in agreement – yes that determined/crazy feeling was very familiar twenty four months ago. Yes some people look at you like you have a hollow head, and others want to join you. And yes, if I could speak to our twenty four month ago selves,I’d say “This is right, just keep on going!”

  6. Beautifully written Lorilee. I haven’t been reading your blog for long, but I know I will be! I’m loving the minimalist movement I see catching on everywhere because it means the death of materialism, at least for many. I certainly want to live as simply as you guys do – still a bit of a leap for me, but I’m getting there.


  7. Lindsay Lindsay

    As we get ready to move overseas with just twelve 40-pound boxes (sounds like a lot, maybe, but we are a family of seven and we homeschool using literature-based curriculum, which fills most of those boxes! ;)), I grow more excited and more encouraged as I read your blog. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your life with us!! 🙂

  8. Flory Flory

    Dear Lorilee
    Thanks so much for sharing your journey. I am in a very similar situation, and this post is defntly what i needed to get our life moving in the right direction. Hoping i can cross the barriers just like u did!!

    • Great to meet you! Let me know if there is any way we can help 🙂

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