Sometimes the way life works out is simply amazing. The fact is we often times are aware of the changes that are taking part in us and in our lives without really seeing or understanding what is actually happening. Over the past couple of
months years I have started to take a more simplistic approach to life. I have always been a clean and tidy person (just ask my mom or anyone that has visited my house). Lately though I have felt a nagging at my soul. Okay, that may seem a tad dramatic but I stand by it.
The nagging is just what it sounds like, a pestering that is constant. It is constantly on my mind, it is constantly in my thoughts and actions. The nagging has been there for awhile but became increasingly louder after we bought our house. The fact is after, yes after, buying a house and everything that comes with that responsibility I started to really question myself about what I wanted in life. See after we bought our first house it occurred to me that there is always more and more and more to do. (I know some may roll their eyes here and shake their heads at that obvious statement but stay with me). Just one more thing to buy or organize or paint. Admittedly, I always thought these were the things I wanted in life. I always thought that I would feel so much better after I completed said tasks, but the secret is that…
IT WILL NEVER END!!
After, buying something I will have to replace something else. After, I buy just one more thing to make my life better I will have to buy something to organize that item (See neat and tidy description above). The list will go on and on indefinitely and instead of thinking, oh well that’s life I started to fight this type of thinking. WHY? Why do we have to stay in this ridiculous cycle that, let’s face it is a waste of our time and money. I would much rather have less things and more time. More time to spend with my kids and husband. More money to do what I like, not what I feel I HAVE to.
Our society places so much value on stuff. I used to think that the more I had the better I would feel and over the past few years I have come to the realization that it just stresses me out more and takes my time and energy. Time and energy that needs to be used for other things in my life. So the nagging at my soul over the last couple of years has led me to this point in my life where I am ready to embrace a truly minimalist lifestyle.
As crazy as it seems accepting this and letting go of the societal boundaries that I have felt constricted by has opened up my mind. I feel better everyday and more at peace than I have felt in a long time. I have felt myself shifting and changing over the years but never really understood why I felt restless in my own life. I feel like I have finally found the answer. I AM restless. I realize that we were put here to accomplish so much more and live with so much less. This is why I am starting Minimalist Mondays. Join me every Monday as I show how I am downsizing and living a more minimal life one week at a time.
Do you feel overwhelmed by life? Do you think living a minimal lifestyle would help?