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…]