In Which I Confess… I’ve Lost Steam.

In Which I Confess... I've Lost

You may have noticed that there haven’t been that many minimalist posts going on around here lately.  I’ve lost steam.  I’d love to tell you that it’s because pregnancy is kicking my butt right now and I just can’t even fathom going through stuff again.  Part of that would be true I suppose, but that’s not the whole story.

The other part of my dismal downfall is that I have lost sight of my reason why.  I’ve forgotten what the whole point of owning less and simplifying my life actually is.  My mojo moved out.

Strange things have crept into my house… like a maternity shirt with a giant beach ball on the belly.  Seriously!  That is not something that fits my capsule wardrobe at all!

Looking to be motivated I started reading Joshua Becker’s latest book The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own (his earlier book Clutterfree with Kids is one of my favorite minimalism reads).

I also joined his 12 week online course Uncluttered, go big or go home right?  Of course as providence (and any self help guru step by step) would have it, the first lesson in Uncluttered is (drumroll please) “Find Your Motivation.”

And so dear friends I am now inspired to share with you my uncluttering, minimalist, simpler life manifesto:

I desire to own less so I can gain peace.  My life is calling out to be less stressful.  I want to be able to sit in any room in my home and feel calm.  

I long to be more hospitable but often feel hesitant to invite others over for fear that my house is not a comfortable place to come into. I want to be a gracious hostess without worry.

I want to be surrounded by beautiful things that I love, but not be overwhelmed by the shear number of potentially lovable things that I own.

Less clutter and a more tranquil environment would be a much more empowering place to parent from.  Having the space to breath deeply and the clarity to make wise parenting decisions is a strong craving of mine. 

I want to satisfy my thirst for knowledge and have the time to develop beneficial self-care practices. 

Freedom!  I want to lead an exciting, experience filled life.  Satisfying curiosities and exploring new places.  That’s really hard to do when you can’t even find your car keys half the time.  

I yearn to be me only better and stronger.

Once again I will remind myself that perfection is not the goal and this all might take a while.   But I hope to keep showing up.

Here’s to do overs and starting again in the middle and adding new chapters.

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