Shortly after posting my challenge to join me for 30 Days to Less Stuff and More Life, my 10 year old daughter experienced a seizure. After spending six hours in the ER at a children’s hospital, she was determined to have a brain…one without any obvious issues, such as tumors or strokes. Next, we meet with a neurologist and have more tests done to see if we can find out what caused the seizure and if it will happen again. From what I’ve been told, we may never know what happened or if it will happen again. That’s not particularly comforting, but that’s life.
Now, my challenge to pare what weighs me down is more fitting. The less stuff I have to take care of, the more time I have to enjoy my family. That is never more clear than when a crisis arises. Having a walk-in closet filled with unworn clothes and shoes doesn’t bring the same joy that a hug and kiss do. The time we spend together shouldn’t be overshadowed by endless cleaning and organizing.
Everyone’s ultimate goal in decluttering or minimizing is different, colored by unique needs and circumstances. Even my own definition of minimalism changes as I walk the path. There are no universal answers here. To each her own.
In my challenge, I will be looking to reduce what I have to pay to store and identifying multiple objects used for the same purpose. I’ll let go of what I don’t use and seek to decorate with what makes me smile. I’ll even go so far as to reduce activities and relationships which stress me out to focus on the things and people that allow me to breathe deeply.
Will you join me in the 30 Days to Less Stuff and More Life Challenge?
First, get the book, Simple Living-30 days to less stuff and more life. It’s 99 Cents until Sunday! After that, it’s still very reasonably priced at $2.99.
Second, sign up to get my blog updates emailed to you (enter your email in the box in the right column), so you’ll stay on track with me as I work through the book. I’ll be doing about 3 chapters a week. I’ll also have several bonuses through the program, such as guest interviews and giveaways.
Third, get shaking! I’m revving up for my first day on Monday: Dreams. That sounds simple enough.