Book ReviewsMinimalism


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I have to dedicate this book review to my friend Carla Anderson, yoga teacher extraordinaire, for whom I had the great pleasure of house sitting for on one of Mark and my adventures.  She and her husband have the most inspiring home.  There was so much to learn about from the healthy lifestyle they lead to the conscientious way they handle garbage, recycling, compost and all of the homemade items like nutbutters and sourdough bread.  It was truly a jumpstart to realize all of things we could be incorporating into our lives.

One day, I was looking on her bookshelf – as reading is one of my favorite passive adventures.  I happened to notice a little book on her shelf called Minimalism.  I had seen the same exact picture as the cover on Netflix featured as a documentary with the same name.  I had been meaning to watch that too.  I was immediately intrigued and started to read it.  At 121 pages, it was an easy one or two day read for me at most and I thought it would be interesting.

I found myself immediately sucked in.   Let’s face it, I’m a mom of four, I have a regular job that can be long hours of the day and night, I’m a weekend warrior, I really haven’t gotten to a point where I’m ready to pare down my stuff and go minimalist.  I was really more intrigued by reading about the authors lives (Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus).    They seem to have their own joyful adventures, so I thought I might get some ideas of new places to go or things to do.

But I found the book was much more inspiring.  I learned and thought about the ways that being minimalists helped the authors:

“Minimalism has helped us in several ways, including:
Reclaiming our time
Ridding ourselves of excess stuff
Enjoying our lives
Discovering meaning in our lives
Living in the moment
Focusing on what’s important
Pursuing our passions
Finding happiness
Doing anything we want to do
Finding our missions
Experiencing freedom
Creating more, consuming less” ~Minimalism
I mean, off the bat that seems like a pretty good list of benefits.  So I found myself thinking “what would happen if I became more minimalist and how could I go about that?”
As the book goes on, I felt like it was really inline with what my goal is for my own life.  That really at the end of the day, we want to focus on the truly meaningful things and let the rest go.  When we get home from Salt Lake City, I plan on embarking on my own minimalism journey – yet another kind of adventure and one I’m sure will be beneficial for allowing us more freedom to be in the moment in our journey.  I think at the end of the day, what makes us feel most alive and free is the key to fulfillment in our short journey on the blue planet.
You may not end up wanting to be a minimalist, but I am confident it will make you think about the importance of  your “stuff.”
Let me know how you like it!  When you’re finished with this book, check out the memoir written by the minimalists “Everything That Remains.”

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