I am excited to see some wonderful new resources become available encouraging simplicity. And because I know some of you look forward to help, I thought I’d mention a few:
Simplify Magazine. Simplify Magazine is a free, digital, monthly magazine created and edited by Faith Janes. Faith has been writing about simplicity for a number of years. Her new magazine is being produced to help reach more people. You can find the first issue (released this past week) on their website. You’ll find it to be very well put-together and extremely practical.
You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap): How One Woman Radically Simplified Her Life and How You Can Too. I’m glad to see Tammy Strobel’s new book selling so well since its release three weeks ago. Her story and her husband’s story of voluntary downsizing provides inspiration for so many others who are living beyond their means… working jobs they don’t enjoy… pursuing things they don’t need.
Happier at Home. Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller The Happiness Project. Her books encourage a rational approach to minimalism recognizing happiness is not found in possessions. Her writing argues for intentional living in all areas of life. And her new book offers practical thoughts on the most prominent areas of the home including possessions, marriage, time, and parenthood.
Simplicity Essays. Earlier this week, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus released a collection of essays from their website (The Minimalists) in an intentional presentation. The book is designed to encourage readers to think critically about the excess in their lives and, ultimately, to take action towards living more intentionally.
Becoming Minimalist Facebook Page. The Becoming Minimalist Facebook page has grown by over 3,000 fans in the past month. To accomplish this, we have changed our strategy in how we utilize it by providing more frequent posts: encouraging quotes, inspirational images, and helpful back links to this site. It appears to be resonating with many as we add close to 100 new fans each day. You can join and help us spread the word.
7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess. In this list of resources, I wanted to include this book by Christian author, Jen Hatmaker… though I have to admit I have not personally read it yet. The book, released earlier this year, came highly recommended to me last weekend by a good friend I trust in these matters. Following Hurricane Katrina, Jen took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence. It is on my short list of books to read in the coming weeks.
I hope you have a most wonderful weekend.
Image: Ben Fredericson