Taking a Breath

February 17, 2014 in Simple Living Travel by Lorilee Lippincott

Path - by Bryon LippincottI’ve been thinking and praying about this post for a while.  And the truth is that I have so little really figured out.

I honestly love writing.  In the last 3+ years that I have been blogging my life has changed. 

I started out wanting to cut back on stuff that was crowding my life and ended up embracing minimalism, traveling internationally, and now committing to staying long term in a job I would have only dreamed of back when I started.

It has been a wild ride and writing has helped me process it.  In the pages of this blog the whole thing is documented.  From 2000 square feet and a full life of everything I thought I should be doing, to a few travel bags and a full life of what I believe in.  … and I don’t take to changes easily… so that is probably why it took so long to figure all out.

I have learned and believe in:

  1. Creating a life of your own design instead of just following what society/others think you should do
  2. That God creates us all differently, and the differences are what give meaning.  The world needs everyone to be different.
  3. Materialism or a material view of success is often what gets in the way of our priorities and our dreams.
  4. Less stuff really leads to more life, more contentment, healthier relationships, and a better environment
  5. Life is worth taking risks.  We only live once, and I don’t want the fear of failure to take that life away from me.

These are all big ideas I have been working through with God over the past 3+ years.  I am so excited with the changes we have made as a family and the opportunities we have been given.

All that being said, I am having a hard time living the values of priorities that I am writing about.  Over the past 3 years writing has been a huge growth area for me as well as a passion.  But I am seeing my life change more and more and the time to spend writing has been coming in the way of other priorities I am committed to.

When I started writing I was a stay-at-home mom of two darling little kids.  I am still a mom to those two wonderful kids :) but they are older and needing more from me in the way of homeschooling.  I am also starting a job at starfish-project.com (I am SOO excited about it), and am committed to learning Chinese to be able to talk to the women we work with… as well as survive in China.

Though writing has been my passion I am seeing how it is getting in the way of the time I need to be spending homeschooling my kids and serving where I am at currently.  I have been struggling for the last few months with taking a break from writing… and following my own advice.  I feel like a hypocrite writing about simplification and priorities when my own have become out of whack :) (this is another great reason for writing… it keeps me honest)

Because of that I am going to be taking a break from writing on my blog.  Over the next few months we will be transitioning through a move, a job change, and some other big changes as we try to align our life back to our priorities.

I’m not quite sure where all of it will lead and when I will be able to get back to blogging.  But I know:

  1. God is in it and He is teaching me a bunch that I can’t wait to write about and share
  2. I love writing and look forward to when it can become a priority in my life again

However, just because I am not writing (or not writing as consistently) I am still here and I still love to hear from you.  Over the next few weeks I will be working on my blog to bring it more up to date and make it easier to search through.  If there is anything I can help you with specifically I would love to hear from you (I write back to everyone who e-mails me)

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