It’s not something I mention a lot, but minimalism is a theme that constantly flows through my life. Not only do I travel light, but I prefer to live light as well. I’ve always been drawn to it, with it’s clean lines and the quiet peace it brings. A couple of years ago I started simplifying “stuff” in our life. For me and us it means that we don’t keep anything around that isn’t useful or memorable. It doesn’t mean we go without, or only have one pair of pants, or that the kids don’t have any toys. We don’t overbook ourselves and are in control of our lives and schedules. The kids have ample time to play and learn on their own terms without being rushed from one activity to another and we spend time together as a family every single day.
We’re in the part of the year when school doesn’t afford much time for family trips so I’m left at home with my thoughts and a quiet chunk of time. We do go on a few local adventures, so we are not entirely stagnant. It is the time of year filled with long shadows and beautiful sunsets. It slows down for us to feel grounded, and to appreciate each other and what we have together.
This is the start to a series that will delve into our thoughts and practices regarding minimalism as a whole, and as it relates to me, travel, and our life at home.
“ while you are alive collect moments not things, earn respect not money and enjoy love not luxuries” ― Aarti Khurana
Do you do anything special to simplify your life?