I've been thinking a lot about the voluntary simplicity movement. Voluntary simplicity, or minimalism, focuses on living simply outside in order to live richly inside. At the peak of burnout from full-time work in a field I spent five years studying to enter, I first heard about living simply when I read the book, "Your Money or Your Life," and the desire for a simpler life resonated with me. At the time, I had a $1000 monthly mortgage, shopped continually, ate dinner out most nights of the week, and failed to make time for activities that truly gave me life (if I even knew what they were). At a young age, I realized this type of life wasn't sustainable, and I began making changes.
I quit my stressful job, moved back to Kansas, sold my house, and happily left most of my worldly possessions in Georgia to a homeless ministry. Initially struggling with working part-time, because a full-time job is what I was "supposed" to do, I got another full-time job in Kansas. I believe the lies that unless we overwork and over schedule ourselves, we don't have value. About a year later, I found courage to take the leap and quit my full-time job. Surprised at how much better life was by decreasing my expenditures and living in a 400 sq. ft. apartment in order to work part-time, and do things I really enjoy (like learning pottery), I was sold.
I regularly read blogs focused on simplicity/minimalism and want to share my favorites with you. Topics focus on simplifying life in order to work less and have more time to enjoy what you really want out of life. Here are my favorites:
- Leo Babauta who blogs at Zen Habits and Mnmlst
- Everett Bogue of Far Beyond the Stars
- Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist
|One of life's simple pleasures, homemade|