Changing seasons can be a big chore when it comes to clothing, especially if you have kids. I used to have tubs of clothes for summer and winter to swap out for myself, my husband and kids. Now being minimalists, we all have much less clothing and don’t require a total swap. However, because we live in a temporal climate with extreme heat and cold, we do have a few things to put away at the change. Over the past few seasons, I’ve found some helpful ways of dealing with the swap to make it and future seasonal swaps smoother. [Read more…]
City living can seem complicated. When I was a child growing up in the rural eastern part of Kentucky, taking a trip to Lexington was a big deal. It seemed like a busy bustling city and it was intriguing. Now that I’ve lived here for nearly 10 years (more if you count my university years), and traveled to some of the biggest cities in the world, it doesn’t seem so busy and bustling. Sure traffic is awful at rush hour on New Circle Rd or even worse, Man o’War –hopefully you’ve learned alternate routes that time of day–but over all, our little city in my opinion is one of the best. A city yes, but there are plenty of ways to build a simple life here and there’s lots of people doing just that. What does living simply mean when you live in an urban area?
Simple living has been defined a variety of ways. I like the way Tsh Oxenreider of The Art of Simple defines it, “Living holistically with your life’s purpose.” Joshua Becker describes minimalism as “the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from them.”
Neither of those or any other definitions I’ve read say anything about where you live. Whether you live in a rural or urban area, you can live simply. In fact, I think it could be argued that city living makes simple living easier, but that is for another blog post. Here are a few ideas for building a simpler, more intentional life in a city, with specifics from my own city, Lexington. [Read more…]
The idea of travel, to most, seems anything but simple. There’s the planning phase which includes everything from research, passports, visas, tickets, reservations, packing, prepping to leave (work, home, pets, kids, etc). Then the actual trip can be complex – departure & arrival deadlines, check-ins, cultural mishaps, loss of items, and anything and everything else that could happen. But isn’t it all worth it? Travel can be extremely rewarding. It can be a time of immense personal growth, opening us up to next experiences and opportunities. I actually met my husband on my very first trip overseas! [Read more…]