Minimalism is a journey. Like a road or a river, it can sweep you off your feet and carry you away with the changes it makes in your life.
I became a minimalist four years ago. Since then, I’ve been blogging here at Simple Living…With Kids. I’ve learned so much. My life has completely transformed.
In those four years, I’ve sold a farm, ended a marriage, found a new partner, and sold approximately 90% of my belongings.
I dared to ask: What makes me truly happy?
The answers I found surprised me. Nothing that makes me happy comes from stuff, from owning, or from status.
All the answers that consumerism typically gives us didn’t – don’t – work for me.
For me, happiness comes from doing my own life well.
Using my own skills well.
Being a great mother, partner and friend.
Being a truthful, diligent writer.
Being responsible, honest and caring.
Being accountable for my own actions and words.
Being the best person I can be.
These are old-fashioned concepts, and I believe there’s a resurgence happening all around us just beginning.
This gives me hope.
Minimalism is a doorway
We begin with minimalism, with simple living. What then?
Once we lose the clutter, clarity begins.
I’m beginning to understand that I am just a small part of this amazing world. Life is about so much more than buying stuff and blending in to the crowd with the right fashions and a big mortgage.
Minimalism is leading me to a powerful love for the world around me, particularly the oceans. It leads me to a strong desire to protect them.
I’m developing an interest in Zero Waste living, and I’m pushing myself to reduce my footprint live sustainably.
My family are right there with me, guiding me, sharing these concerns.
I pick up plastic rubbish with my partner’s twelve year old daughter.
I watch videos on sustainability with my thirteen year old son.
I assist my partner as he sells plastic-free products at local markets, and I watch my daughter as she learns about sea animals.
Together, as a family, we’re learning to shop at the bulk store and reduce our rubbish that we put out on the kerb each week.
We’re taking small steps, but together our journey continues.
Minimalism – simple living – are first steps.
Together we’re ready to take the next ones.