Would you throw out more than 20 000 items from your home to start fresh and minimalize your life?
Four years ago, Brooke had it all - a supportive husband, a beautiful daughter, a successful business, a dream house and all the perks of a well-lived-life. Yet, the only thing she felt was being totally and utterly overwhelmed.
"I was buckling under the pressure of trying to maintain work/life balance (here's a tip - it doesn't exist), running a home and being a full-time mum, while also keep up the appearance of having it together. Because God knows, the worst thing you can do when trying to juggle it all is to look as though you're Not Coping. So I worked hard to keep the act running"
The stress of trying to keep up with everything started to get to her. Instead of enjoying all her possessions and achievements that she accumulated over the years, she felt suffocated. Then one night, she discovered that there are people who are choosing not to keep up. Who are opting to live with less stuff, less expectation, less debt, less guilt and less busy-ness. And what's more, these people were saying that life got better, richer, and happier when they embraced living with less.
So Brooke started the process of minimalizing her life, her business, her home and her ever growing closet. By today she is happier and fulfilled:
"We have enough. We have enough clothes, enough toys, enough space, enough light, enough throw cushions (which is to say, none at all).We don't live out of a backpack. Our kids have toys. We have books and a computer and multiple pairs of shoes. But what we've discovered is that life - the experiences, people, relationships that happen in spite of what you own - this is the important stuff."
It made me realize that life is not about depriving ourselves of goodness, or treating ourselves to material things, it’s about giving ourselves the time to live it and not just trying to cope with the situations we are in. It should be so simple to live our life, but somehow with all the wants, needs and desires, there is a chain reaction that makes everything so darn complicated.
Just something to think about. Thoughts? Do you live the life you wanted or the life that chose you? xo
P.S: How to have a great life full of simple pleasures.
P.P.S: One Life to live.
(Thanks Clare for the article. Photo via Lana Pribic).