Weekend Reads


There are many wonderful people online pursuing and promoting simplicity. When you find some time this weekend with a nice cup of coffee or tea, may you find inspiration in these words as they encourage others to find more life by owning fewer possessions:

Finding Contentment — Thoughts on the Downsized Life | Storyline by Donald Miller. Donald writes of his experience moving into a smaller space (a twenty-year old Volkswagen camping van) and the freedom he has enjoyed because of it. He writes, “There’s a lot that goes into happiness and I’m not saying downsizing is the key. But I think it’s a big part of it.”

16 Ways to Become More Content | Money Saving Mom by Crystal Paine. If you are struggling to be content with your lot in life right now, here are 16 ways to help cultivate contentment and a love for the life you have been given. Many wonderful ideas.

What is enough food? 147 Meals Later. | Huffington Post Religion by Jeff Shinabarger. After receiving his holiday-spending credit card statement in the mail, Jeff asked a bold question, “What if we didn’t buy any groceries for the entire month? But lived on all the food in our kitchen pantry, refrigerator and freezer?”

A Cluttered Life: Middle-Class Abundance | University of California. “Contemporary US households have more possessions per household than any society in global history.” In the first episode of this three-part series, three UCLA social scientists present a stunning, visual ethnography that reveals the material culture of today’s modern household.

Becoming Minimalist With Joshua Becker | Simple Life Together. I enjoyed being featured on this recent Simple Life Together Podcast with Dan and Vanessa Hayes. We talked all things minimalism with a special emphasis on families. If you are a spouse or a parent, you’ll find value in it.

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  1. says

    It’s very heartening to know there’s a wonderful community of like-minded, active people out there spreading the word. I’m proud to be one of them. I have just recently started to blog about my insights along the way.

  2. says

    Thanks for the list!! This is what I love about your newsletters too Joshua – the way you always link to interesting blogs and newspages. Great way of discovering new inspiration.

  3. Susan Zimmer says

    I have been simplifying my life for about fourteen years. Like anything else it has it ebbs and flows…As I am getting older I think about everything with deliberation. I ask myself, can I eat, drink or wear this. I am not impressed with others clutter and selfishness and I find pleasure in giving to the more needy. In the end our possessions really do not matter. I love reading and sharing your links Joshua….

  4. Lexie says

    Regarding not grocery shopping and eating out of our pantries . I only go to a grocery store 2x a month on the 10th and the 20th. Then I am done and will not return to a grocery store until the following month. Everything comes out of the fridge first then meals are made for the freezer, then I eat out of the pantry for the remainder of the month. Its out of necessity due to low budget for food but also out of a need to live/learn a more self sustainable life-natural based life and it proves if you shop smart you do not need to grocery shop often. People are wasteful with food and shop to much. I was brought up in a family of 4 that could only afford to grocery shop once a month. The grocery store trip was a once a month for years and that is what we were used to. Yet my Mom consistantly had healthy good meals for all 3 kids and herself. She was a excellent role model from the depression when people had nothing but their pantries and thinking skills to create meals. People need to stop shopping all the time-its just consumerism. .

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