Okay, if you didn't already know, I am attempting, er I have been attempting, in life and in business (???) to be a minimalist. Egad!! Indeed the news may be shocking to some, however, less is best, I swear. If you've ever taken a meeting with me, then you've probably seen my #businesstools. My trusty briefcase (high school graduation present), my 2007 digital camera (borrowed from my Aunt), and a notebook. holla. BUT truly I really want to emphasize how minimal is best, how in being minimal, in not having a smart phone (should I be embarrassed to confess this?), I can truly focus more and better and give more of the best of me to you. also to my husband and to my friends and to my loving family - who thinks that we are nuts.

2015 rang in last year and with it my husband and I vowed to stop consuming blindly. We decided that every week we would get rid of 1 item each. At least. And if I am being honest, it was SO easy! And if I'm still being candid - we still have SO much stuff! Ha!! The year ended and we still felt dissatisfied with the amount of items that cluttered our space - so we decided to keep it going, for another year.

Wondering how we did? Check out the blog we kept for the year here: Need not. Self admitted I gave up there towards the end, not in terms of purging weekly (1 item is hardly much), but in terms of blogging - I ran out of stuff to say and repetition isn't really so great when it comes to writing. I felt like I was plagiarizing myself? But overall we got rid of 705 items. WOO!

So why minimalism? What is so wrong with stuff? Nothing is wrong with stuff, in their essence. Every item can be argued as a need (or need not in our household). But it isn't about the individual items, it is about what having excess stuff does to us and to our time and to our lives. Of course the best answer to this lies in the new Minimalism documentary: About the Important Things in Life. And what's important to me? Well that's an easy answer: my husband, my family, my friends. Being happy, being stress-free, traveling and being healthy. And of course enriching the lives of others (cheeeeseeey).

What's not important to me? Well, that becomes a bit convoluted. And instead of preaching to you, though Sunday is tomorrow, I think I would rather stem an interest in the few of you who might be interested and you can explore for yourself. Or you can comment below and we will grab coffee and solve the world's problems: childhood obesity, debt, and how to feed starving children, everywhere. 

So I'll leave you with this quote, I really think this quote from The Minimalists sums it up:

Imagine a life with less: less stuff, less clutter, less stress, less debt, less discontent. A life with fewer distractions.

Now imagine a life with more: more time, more meaningful relationships, more growth, more contribution, more contentment.

A life of passion that is unencumbered by the trappings of the chaotic world around you.

What you’re imagining is an intentional life. Not a perfect life—not an easy life—but a simple life.
— https://gathr.us/films/minimalism

Chills. I love love that quote and I love love being unencumbered - word of the week! So since this space is really for wedding bloggings I won't suck up more of your time, but if you are interested let's chat and let's get back to the basics.

 

Prosperity, Love & Happiness,

Josey

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