A One Year Journey To Minimalism

 

The quality of your commitments will determine the course of your life.

-Ralph Marston

 How would you rate the quality of your commitments?  I bring this up only because if you choose to embark on a journey to minimalism, you have to be committed.  When people come to this decision, most find that they are in a rut of some sort and they know changes need to be made.  In order for change to occur, you need to honor that commitment.  

When it comes to minimalism, most people think it is about not wasting money, not over-spending, or over-eating, etc., which it is, but it is so much more.  This personal journey is also about living purposefully and intentionally (LPAI).

 This will be my personal journey but I welcome the company.   I will only be posting the LPAIs that I have been led to pursue.  You can choose to watch, cheerlead, try a few, or jump all in with me.  I want to live out my passions and not be tied down to unfair relationship expectations or unfulfilling material desires.  Let’s face it, we have so much, but really, we need so little.

 How It Works

Every week I will be posting something that I am either getting rid of, cutting back from, or purposefully and mindfully paying attention to….No half-hearted trends here.  

A few bonuses:

  • I will be posting a few blogs featuring guests that are joining me on this journey and what they are learning
  • Instagram Stories of the weekly “ditch or switch”
  • Tips to living frugile and within your means

I look forward to the growth that we will receive this year knowing how little we need to really LIVE PURPOSEFULLY and to LIVE INTENTIONALLY! 

 

Week One of #aoneyearjourneytominimalism 

 Grow Your Mind Again

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I love it when a “memory” on my social media pops up.  This reminds me of an actual event that I or someone close to me has experienced.  I am so convicted about the younger generations wasting away their “memories” by simply “watching” other people live their life.  I want my children to have memories of adventures, shenanigans, and epic tales that they can then share with their children and their children’s friends.  I want them living  OUT-LOUD and pursuing the gifts and talents God has given them.   I also know that in order for that to happen, I need to lead by example.

 I would encourage you to value your TIME equally.  Children spell LOVE…. T-I-M-E… and it’s true.  We have so many options today that we can turn to that rob our time. Television, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Instagram feeds are all fun.  I get it.  But is the time we are wasting on them worth it in the long run? 

I homeschool children, run a small business, and am a full time student at an accelerated pace, so I LOVE my down time.   I have to admit that I can enjoy a mindless Netflix binge just as much as the next person.  I had fallen into a rut with this and had become lazy in pursuing my dreams.  This was not okay.   I want to challenge my mind.  I want my children to see me growing and finding my purpose that then ignites them to find their own purpose. How can I ask them to be brave and chase their dreams if they see me doing nothing to chase mine? Mindless shows and feeds were robbing my family of quality TIME and muting our creativity.  Not anymore.  

 

LPAI Tip One:

Find new ways to GROW your mind and avoid the mindless entertainment binges.

Find the love for the local library again and load up those creative podcasts that speak to YOU and they are FREE.  Ditch the cable, Netflix, and Instagram feeds. How much you need to step back from this is really your own conviction.  This potentially could save hundreds of dollars through out the year and allows room for the mind to grow again.

This doesn’t mean I am getting rid of the televisions or discontinuing my Netflix service….This is just the first step in regaining my vision and purpose.  Who knows, in one year, I might be ready to completely ditch this form of entertainment altogether.  I still need my downtime, but I have chosen to get it in FREE and creative forms.

Let God grow your mind again and relight a fire within you.  Be adventurous and take your loved ones with you.

Grow the memories, don’t just pass the time.

 


 

Week Two of #aoneyearjourneytominimalism

Ditch the Coffee Shops

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I know, most of you are gasping at this week’s “Ditch and Switch”, but if you are serious about this minimalism thing, you will take a hard look at the wasted excess in your life.

I get it.  Coffee is more than a preferred morning drink to most people.  It is often a time of quiet reflection, an aromatic experience that speaks directly to the limbic system, and is even a social must for some.  But, we can have all this without the hefty price tag of designer coffee and without the toxic ingredient list.

First reason  to ditch the coffee shops…. your health.  Unless you’re buying your caffeine drip from a shop that serves clean ingredients you’re doing your body a great disservice.  Coffee beans are in the top three of most heavily sprayed crops.  The options that come with designer coffee usually will give us a huge dairy and sugar buzz as well.  If you’re not quite ready to give up the coffee for health reasons entirely at least make sure that you’re getting the healthiest version available.

Second reason to ditch the coffee shops…. your budget.  Really look at the amount you spend weekly on coffee and add it up to a monthly and then annual total.  One small compromise could, in return, give you an avenue to explore more intentionally and purposefully experiences.

LPAI Tip Two:

Brew your own cup of coffee or even switch to tea.   Put the extra money you save in a jar.  At the end of the year find a way to give back to your local community with the extra money you saved.

  1. Support local school clubs.
  2. Support local 4-H clubs.
  3. Support local food banks.
  4. Sponsor a family in need.  You never know what an extra $20 a week can do for a family,
  5. Maybe your family is the one in need.  Put that extra spending toward a debt or bill.

Get creative and even get the family involved.  It is easier to go without something you like when you have an objective.  You’ll be surprised what good can come out of something we overlook and take for granted.  Again, we have so much, but need so little.

What would you ditch the coffee shops for?

 


 

 

Week Three of #aoneyearjourneytominimalism

Start Planning Weekly Menus

and purchase ONLY what’s on your shopping list

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Okay, this week is a bit of a challenge.  I really don’t spend wastefully.  For the most part I only get what my family needs, but when it comes to grocery shopping I can let it become an adventure and before I know it, I have a hefty bill.

If I’m not organized and planned out, I will purchase items I do not need and some items even go to waste because of the lack of planning.  For instance, I buy weekly meals and then forget that we have plans that will leave us away from the house…oops.  I buy as much as I can fresh or use what’s in season from the garden so food can go bad quickly if I am unorganized.

One way to really cut back and stop wasteful spending is to plan your weekly menus.  You can do this for a few meals a day, but I like to just focus on our dinner meal.  Often, we eat a “linner”, a larger meal in between lunch and dinner, especially if we are doing a 16-8 fast.

Another way to cut back is to schedule leftover nights.  Do not let that food sit long in the fridge and do not waste it.  If you have family members complain of leftovers….that’s another topic…if they’re hungry enough, they will eat it.

Family dinners are important to me.  It allows everyone to come to the table (gadget free), share in their day’s adventures, and talk about what’s going on in each of our lives.  Our dinner table is slowly shrinking in size, but I still love the time I spend with them there.  It is precious to me knowing I planned, shopped, prepared, and served a healthy, cost-effective meal.

LPAI Tip Three:

Plan weekly meals and purchase items only on your shopping list.

I printed out a weekly planner and used a frame to display our menu.  I use a wet erase marker that I can write with right on the glass and erase it when I go to plan the next week’s meals.

Other ways to help cut back and even save time is to subscribe to food delivery service.  I live too far away to enjoy this luxury, but there are curb-side services at many stores.  It just takes a few minutes of planning.  Just think of all the money you save by not shopping and buying impulsively anymore!

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