Simple living is making a comeback and even hip in some circles. People are choosing voluntary simplicity, barter economies, sharing economies, tiny homes, sustainability and many creative ways of expressing the desire to live simply. This article talks about 10 ways to live simply as well as an opportunity to join a 21 Day Simple Living Challenge. If you want to live more simply, I invite you to read more and consider joining the challenge.
There are endless blogs on simple living, mindful living, minimalism and other related views on living more gently and sustainably. Some address the practical aspects of clearing your physical clutter and possessions so that you can put more focus on the quality of your life. I’ve had friends suggest I start a business that helps people with de-cluttering and organizing (which come easy to me), and considered writing more about simplicity on my blog. But these topics seem well covered and not as dear to my heart as poetry, inspiration and spiritual reflections. Simple living allows more time to write, ponder and enjoy life instead of working so hard simply to make money and own more stuff.
Simplifying our lives can be a gateway to remembering what truly matters.
For me, living simply means having time to relax, savor life, connect with friends and pay attention to spirit. It also means living in a way that is both gentle on the planet and conscious in making quality of life more important than material matters. This simplicity is deeply ingrained for me, developed by frugal parents, my personality and choice. It became a more conscious path in my 30’s when I left my yuppie lifestyle in search of happiness and spirituality. I found that I actually needed very little materially in order to be happy. The quality of my life became much more important than money, having fancy things and consumption. Simple living allows me more time to savor life, dwell in peace, remember what’s important and appreciate simple pleasures like food, friends and nature.
Yes, occasionally I feel the pull of mainstream life and its incessant call for consumption. Recently I’ve let my finances fall apart so that I’m feeling the need to work harder, make money and restore my savings. While knowing that happiness won’t be found in money, it can relieve some financial and emotional pressure. 🙂
Life is often about balance, dancing between opposites. It will be interesting to see how I balance my desire to live simply with my desire to make more money this year!
May you find your happy balance point.