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.
In addition to the physical attributes of fall, there are also the emotional ones. At no other time during the year does my soul feel truly alive, as it does in the days between September and December. As the leaves are signaling the end of their life cycle, I am reminded to pursue my own passions in a way that will impact people for the better. Harnessing my passions to burn brilliantly, much like the leaves in fall.
I’ve noticed that the further I look into my own desires and passions, the less physical things seem to matter. I would much rather spend money on a trip than to add more “things” to our house. As a matter of fact, at the end of the month, my family is doing just that. We have been saving up for road trip through New England, and come Oct 27, we will be experiencing all of the unique things this area of the U.S. has to offer- deepening our knowledge of culture, history, and different ways of life.
Lack of consumerism has played a key role in our ability to travel. Contentment with what we already have and less spending has attributed to this privilege.
I do not write this to boast of things we get to do in the present, I am writing to encourage you, as a minimalist, to cultivate your own passions and follow through with them. Manage the clutter and unhealthy habits in your life to pave the way for more fulfilling ventures. We were created for far more than just packing our homes with stuff, having the newest gadget, nice car, name brand clothes, or following the latest fashion trends. This “American dream” lifestyle typically incurs large amounts of debt and is unsustainable in the long run.
I encourage you to use this season to change your habits for the better. Take steps to reach your goals. Maybe it’s travel, getting out of debt, saving for the future, living more sustainably, having more time for people and passions, or a combination of these things. Whatever your end goal, start now. Baby steps or big leaps, it doesn’t matter. Make simple changes to live a better life of less clutter and more freedom.