Valentine’s Day is upon us, are you prepared? As an elementary schooler, this day was my jam. Crafts, cards, candy, and class parties. As an adult; however, it seems plain icky to me that the day intended to celebrate love has become grossly commercialized.
Let’s talk about materialism. Do the things we own, actually own us? Most of America is trapped in this this fruitless attempt to attain the unattainable: happiness via material goods. The size of homes has nearly doubled since the 1950’s, yet we, as a whole, are still dissatisfied. Following fleeting trends and remaining constantly on the hunt for the next “best thing”, suggests that owning more does not equal happiness. If it did, we wouldn’t continue searching for the latest and greatest. Christians, consider the consequences of discontentment and material acquisition from a biblical standpoint. Our joy comes from the Lord, and is not dependent on what or how much we own. As a matter of fact, we are merely managers of our wealth during the time we spend on earth. I find this reference from Ecclesiastes interesting: Continue reading
This afternoon I was watching my daughter paint. She had beautiful swirls of pink and white flowing around the canvas, then asked for red. What a perfect addition, considering it is February, right? In theory, yes, but in this case, Penelope used a series of three brushes to cover over the previously painted parts with a large wash of red. Soon, she realized what happened and stopped painting. Understanding that adding more of the same wouldn’t change the outcome. Continue reading
I have resolved to be a glass half full kind of girl. My first instinct in any given situation, is to search for the positive. Optimism isn’t an emotion or feeling, but a way of thinking that anyone can achieve. I wasn’t always this way though, far from it. I gradually learned to shift my thoughts from critical to cheerful. As with any habit, the more you do it, the easier it becomes. Continue reading
Do thoughts of decluttering send your mind spiraling toward the sentimental? If you are brand new to the idea of minimalism or decluttering in general, don’t let those thoughts prevent you from getting started. Begin with the easy things, leaving the hard choices for much, much later in the process. However, if you have been at the decluttering game for a while now and are left only with your collections, memorabilia, family heirlooms, photos, and other sentimental treasures, this post is for you. Continue reading
I have always been a people pleaser. This personality trait has done a great job of keeping me “reeled in”, while simultaneously masking my true self. I have too often found myself wondering if I’m “too much” or “not enough”. I have noticed that the older I get, the less I care about what other people think of me. Honestly, my husband’s opinion is the only one that truly matters. We’re in this marriage thing together; he is my best friend, and I value his input and preferences. Continue reading
Happy New Year!
The beginning of a New Year prompts many to make resolutions, only to bring the disappointment of failure a few weeks later. What if, instead of making empty resolutions, you set an actual goal with a plan? Are you struggling with the amount of clutter in your house? If you’re simply overwhelmed with a full schedule with little down time, the feeling that you are always cleaning, and have next to no time dedicated to the things you really love doing; you are not alone! If I just described you, and you’re ready for a real change, keep reading. Continue reading
For me, minimizing isn’t limited to the clutter (or lack of) in my house. I have also been focused on improving myself as a person. Minimizing negative thoughts, words, and actions by maximizing love. I am not perfect, far from it, but I have made great strides over the past few years. Continue reading
As I sit at the dining room table, sipping coffee and soaking in the first quiet, alone moment I have had in over a week, I am reflecting on the gift of life. Continue reading
For people who know me, it is no surprise that autumn is my favorite! I love everything about it: the crispness if the air, overcast days, beautiful leaves, outdoor activities, pumpkin patches, warm beverages, and the list goes on. Continue reading