I came across this insightful and invigorating book while on vacation and sat down and read it in one day. It stirred in me how much waste I have accumulated in the years I have been married raising four children. A marriage of 48 years accumulates lots of things. My biggest collection in life are books. I refuse to say that they are a waste but at this time in my life I can begin to donate them to a worthy cause. It will be a start. Clothes, shoes, and other stuff I already eliminate seasonally.
I like the 33 pieces of clothes recommended that I know I can survive on. I actually have put myself in a sort of uniform over the years. I choose one outfit to wear at least two days in a row. And it serves me well. I am not rolling around in mud or getting dirty so why not wear an outfit more than once.
In writing this blog, I was inspired to take a look at the waste in my closet. WOW! There was a tremendous amount of stuff that I did not even remember that I had. I just dumped it all out and said to myself this is the beginning of eliminating things in my life that are cluttering up my existence on planet earth at this very moment. This is a picture of the 3 bags of clothes that I am releasing this week. Next week I will gather the books that need a new home and a new mind to inspire.
Being witness to a father struggling with mental illness and in and out of mental institutions allowed me to see that things are not important. At one time right before my dad passed at seventy years old, he said to me that he personally owned nothing and even the clothes he wore were not his. (In the institution he was in the clothes were donated) “How great is that,” he asked me? In reflection, I agree it is great! I feel blessed and definitely lighter donating 3 bags of clothes today!
Soulful Simplicity: how living with less can lead to so much more by Courtney Carver, shows us the power of simplicity to improve our health, build more meaningful relationships, and relieve stress in our professional and personal lives.
We are often on a quest for more – we give in to pressure every day to work more, own more, and do more. For Carver, this constant striving had to come to a stop when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Stress was like gasoline on the fire of symptoms, and it became clear that she needed to root out the physical and psychological clutter that were the source of her debt and discontent.
In this book, she shows us how to pursue practical minimalism so we can create more with less – more space, more time, and even more love. Carver invites us to look at the big picture, discover what’s most important to us, and reclaim lightness and ease by getting rid of all the excess things.
PRAISE FOR Soulful Simplicity:
“Courtney Carver’s new book Soulful Simplicity is a practical road map for embracing the beauty of less and making room in our lives for what matters most.” – Ali Edwards, Craft the Story.
“In a world where so much of the messaging around radical simplicity is just about living with less stuff, Soulful Simplicity prescribes a lifestyle filled with a lot more of one thing: love. What our heart needs is a huge part of the equation, and Courtney teaches us how to make sure we’re listening to it.” – Cait Flanders, author of The Year of Less
“A gentle, compassionate guide to making more space in your home, more time in your day, and more love in your heart. Courtney’s personal story provides powerful inspiration to live a simpler, more intentional life.” – Francine Jay, missminimalist.com
eBook –Mini-Missions for Simplicity: small actions for massive change. When you start to simplify your life and even when you are years into the process, some things take longer than you anticipate and it can feel like you are taking one step forward, and two steps back. Instead of getting frustrated or giving up, try a mini-mission.
Mini-missions are assignments or challenges that you can implement immediately, so you can benefit from some immediate gratification during this adventure and make your simple life more enjoyable and sustainable.
Mini-missions are often one step actions that you can do to improve your health, relationships, bank account or wardrobe. Putting these mini-missions into action will help you reduce stress and discover what really makes you healthy and happy. Here are a few examples:
- Section One: Clutter – simply pass it on!
- Section Two: Productivity – Say No, so you can say Yes!
- Section Three: Relationships – Judge Less!
- Section Four: Life – Enjoy!
- Section Five: Health & Happiness – Eat Real Food!
eBook – Simple Ways to Be More with Less. If you have imagined a life with less, reading this book is a great way to get started. Most of us have lived our adult lives working more, to make more, to spend more, to have more. We haven’t done it maliciously, but out of habit.
Our parents wanted better for us and we want better for our children, but somewhere along the way we forgot what better was.
These 27 ideas will help you to be more with less. They are simple for the most part, but sometimes the smallest change makes the biggest difference. As you go through this process, you will subtract things from your life, and add other things (which aren’t really “things”) back in.
Living with less sometimes means adding more in the way of healthy habits to your lifestyle. You don’t have to do everything in the order that they appear. You don’t have to do all of them or any of them. Pick and choose the suggestions that work for you. Implement these ideas to create your life on purpose.
About the Author: Courtney Carver shares simplicity stories at: bemorewithless.com
Simplicity changed everything about her life, work and health. She left a 15 year career in sales and marketing in 2011 to write and speak about simplicity and help people focus on what matters most by getting rid of everything that doesn’t.
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