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Category: Creating Simple Living

Trouble with organizing or getting organized? General organization? How can we create a simple life? Sure, declutter first, but how is minimalism applied to deeper areas of the life? Lets talk about how some of these ideals and how to apply them to our simple living.

Being Bold

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I am a people-pleaser.  I desperately want to fit in with people around me.  

I want them to feel comfortable with me around.

I hate the idea that someone would need to be careful what they say, or be embarrassed by their house, or worry about what to serve or eat if we are around.

Deep down I want to just be normal, to blend into the crowd, and not cause any waves.

But the way I am choosing to live doesn’t mesh with this part of my personality.  I don’t like the ‘normal’ choices most of society makes. Though I see these differences as minor (yet important), these choices often make me feel very weird and different.

I believe in these differences and in the difference they have made in my life.  I don’t want to diminish my differences because I do value them.  I want to live and communicate these differences boldly without offending others or being seen as pushy.


Let it begin with me

Image: Nuttapong,

I sit here after flipping through Facebook and seeing many posts about 9/11 and the anniversary last week. It brings back the feelings of fear and unknowing from that morning.

This morning I got an e-mail from World Vision asking for help in Syria because the refugee situation is growing. Over 1 million refugees are children. I think of my children and cringe.

Looking at any news page, the levels of hate and mockery for others and government is so high. The negativity is like a heavy weight.

We are surrounded with injustice, pain, fear, self-righteousness, shame, unknown, and loneliness.

It seems easy to become overwhelmed by it all. To feel blocked in. To feel overpowered. Or worse, to become calloused.

But there is something we can do. It is something much bigger than we may realize. It is something desperately needed and something we have the power to do.


Just Keep Swimming

LasJust Keep Swimming - Chinese Cake - Biblet week we had a party.  We had something pretty exciting to celebrate that we had been working on for the past 4+ years.

The kids were pretty excited!

When asked what they wanted for their party they both wanted a Chinese cake.  Look how cute this is!  All freshly made while you wait, decorated beautifully, and very reasonably priced. We have had one of these for several celebrations this year.

Even though these cakes are so easy to get and quite cheap they seem to only be used for birthdays here.  Where I am from everyday can be a cake day, but here we get strange looks for having a cake and not having a birthday to celebrate.

But we get strange looks for so many things here 🙂

And we had a great reason to celebrate!


Just Say ‘Yes’

Just say Yes - Lorilee speaking at the women's retreat

So much of the time we find ourselves over-whelmed, over-crowded, over-fed, over-stimulated, and over-worked.  In this kind of life we find ourselves needing to say ‘no’.  We say ‘no’ to extra time commitments, lots of clutter in our home, and other things that get in the way of our priorities.

But sometimes we really need to say ‘Yes’.

We need to say ‘yes’ to things that challenge us, things that help us grow, and things that will make a difference.  We can’t get in the habit of saying ‘no’ and use it as an excuse to miss the opportunities we should be saying ‘yes’ too.

Just say ‘yes’?

Human nature makes it easy to say ‘yes’ to the things we have done before, things we know how to do, things that are safe, things other want us to do, things we know we can succeed at.

But when we are saying ‘yes’ to all these things we don’t have time in our life to say ‘yes’ to the things that will make the biggest difference in our lives.


Passion and Purpose

Modern Toilet - Passion vs PurposeSociety talks a lot about finding your passion.  What makes you tick.  What you love to do.

Minimalism talks a lot about it too – creating space for your passion.  I have talked about it.  I even have a necklace, from a dear friend, that says ‘find your passion’. There is an energy in these words.

They are exciting, motivating, and catchy. As a culture we know we get bogged down and busy with things that are extra.  Finding the thing that makes you feel alive, finding your passion, makes a huge difference to our lives both in our heads and in our actions.

But I have always had a nagging dislike for this word.   I love it, but it doesn’t seem to include the full picture.