Minimalism – Living Simply

My husband and I have been pondering a lot about minimalism and living simply. Both terms have kind of become fads and of course businesses are using them to market new designs and to continue to suck us in to buying more, however we are slowly discovering the beauty and joy that can be found in living this way. As we wrestle through this journey we thought we would share some learnings and insights along the way….

Recently we have been wrestling with questions such as how can we live more simply and what does ‘living simply’ really mean. My husband just returned from a 48 hour solitude spiritual retreat (which means he went camping alone for 48 hours for a time of reflection and rejuvenation) and had some positive reflections on this topic. He was aware of how little he really needed in order to experience joy, and was surprised by what he craved or desired. He shared that he craved more quiet reflection time in nature, and more quality time with friends and family doing things he loved such as campfires, canoeing, fishing, and hiking. He didn’t miss any of the stuff or the business of life.

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Pushing Through Life Together

beauty of winter

Today I woke up to a winter wonderland. A world covered in a beautiful white sparkly blanket with big fat snowflakes slowly falling from the sky. Yes, I am one of those weird people that love snow but I also saw beauty in a less physically appealing way and more of a heart warming beauty. I saw community.

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Rediscovering Happiness-Gratitude Challenge (updated)

***UPDATED – Now includes 30-day challenge below****

If you missed part 1 of this series you can find it HERE

January 1st, the first day of a new year. New beginnings a head. A chance for a fresh start. And the end of all the Christmas and New Year hype. Tomorrow life will return to ‘normal’ or ‘as usual’. As I mentioned in part 1 of this series that January is often a hard month for people. This is why we are going to participate in a 30-day gratitude challenge toward rediscovering happiness together.

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Rediscovering Happiness

January is a dark, blah month for most people. We are having a literal and metaphorical ‘sugar crash’. Our bodies are burnt out from the increase in sugar and carbs, the extra alcohol or eggnog, and exhausted from the many late nights, that December brings. At the same time we also experience an emotional low. We are either coming down from the hype and excitement of Christmas or January magnifies and intensifies our feelings of loneliness and grief. January also has some of the longest, coldest, and darkest days. This is exactly why I chose January to be the month of Rediscovering Happiness in order to encourage a month of mental health, wellness, and healing.

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