Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying ‘yes’ too quickly and not saying ‘no’ soon enough.
Q:I've noticed that you blog a bit about your thoughts and experiences with minimalism. It isn't easy, but it's a great step to take if you want to simplify your life and find contentment. :) Even though we may have the best intentions, we still can wander off the path at some points. If you find yourself needing some guidance, check out the post I wrote "101 Steps to a Simpler Life" at the Goedeker's Home Life blog. It is a great resource for aspiring minimalists!
Thanks for writing. I just checked out your piece and I’m wondering how long it took you to compile this helpful list. Will share it here for all to benefit from: http://www.goedekers.com/blog/101-steps-simpler-life/ . Kudos and keep on simplifying!
The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say no to almost everything.
Sharing a minimalist quote from a book I got at a Waterstones bookstore in London.
"When we look to the outside world for our happiness, security and peace of mind, we’re looking in the wrong direction…The moment we stop looking outside ourselves for that which can only be found within, our whole world changes." -Jamie Smart, Clarity
A simple life allowed me to travel more often. Just checked off the mysterious Stonehenge in England from my bucket list. Don’t rush when you visit and make sure to listen to the audio guide. You’ll learn a lot. Sadly no mention of ancient aliens. Haha! (Picture and words by yours truly)
This is the cabin in the woods we stayed in for several days near Dunkeld, Scotland. There was a babbling brook nearby, birds singing in the morning and even a few deer in the afternoon. Staying here reminded me of this quote from Henry David Thoreau:
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, unless it was quite necessary. I wanted to live deep and suck out all the marrow of life, to live so sturdily and Spartan-like as to put to rout all that was not life, to cut a broad swath and shave close, to drive life into a corner, and reduce it to its lowest terms."
I’ve learned that letting go is an active, continuous process. The default assumption is that we want to be interrupted: notifications are enabled, ringers aren’t silenced, and reminders are set. To get rid of that stuff, you have to take a stand.