Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.

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Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it. It requires a conscious decision. It is a counter-cultural lifestyle that stands against the culture of overconsumption that surrounds us.

The world we live in is not friendly to the pursuit of minimalism. Its tendencies and relentless advertising campaigns call us to acquire more, better, faster, and newer. The journey of finding simplicity requires consistent inspiration.

For that reason, I hope you will make an effort this weekend to find a quiet moment with a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy some of these hand-picked articles to encourage more simplicity in your life.

How to Live an Exceptional Life, Even When Life Doesn’t Feel Exceptional | The Art of Simple by Kat Lee. We do it by living with wild, exceptional excellence in the small things.

Why Doing Less Is the Best Way to Do More | Michael Hyatt Podcast with Michele Cushatt. Michael and Michele talk about their insights from Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown—a book I highly recommend. (33:33)

Increasingly, Retirees Dump Their Possessions and Hit the Road | The New York Times by David Wallis. “The purge of possessions was ‘a little nerve-racking’ at first, but ultimately ‘hugely liberating’.”

18 Non-Toy Gifts for Children | Nourishing Minimalism by Rachel Jones. A great way to combat too many toys is to shift all the gifts to non-toy items.

Smallish Blog by Evelyn Rennich. A young family of five happily living in 450 sq. ft.

7 Tips to Speed Up the Decluttering Process

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"Get rid of the trash to make room for the treasures. Let the things that are important take center stage." —Peter Walsh Decluttering can be tough work. We spend years and years collecting and accumulating more and more things. We should not be … Read More

Look Up to Someone

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"Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don't." People who live intentional lives understand an important truth: They are not the first. Countless others have gone before and lived this life well—many, in fact, surround us … Read More

The Pictures We Hang On Our Walls

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A few years ago, we decided we wanted our home to better share our story. Our desire was to decorate in a way that clearly communicated what was most important to us as a family. As a result, we removed outdated objects, knick-knacks collecting … Read More

Inspiring Simplicity. Weekend Reads.

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Possessions do not bring us happiness. In fact, often times, they keep us from it. The simplicity/minimalism movement is a beautiful community. It is friendly, encouraging, and helpful. There is a genuine understanding that any promotion of … Read More