This seems like a funny topic coming from someone who has seven children, but here we go anyway. A few nights ago I watched Minimalism: A Documentary on Netflix and I've been thinking endlessly about it since then. I realize that this movement isn't super new. There's TV shows dedicated to tiny houses, capsule wardrobes, and the whole, "want better, not more" philosophy that I've seen emerging over the past several years. Oh! and there's also Marie Kondo and her magic of tidying up. We can't forget about her! My dresser drawers have never been so happy.
I don't know if I can really consider myself a minimalist because I do love me some creature comforts. I like having little luxuries around like pretty smelling candles and cushy pillows and I'm not sure how those kinds of things play into that whole ideal, but I'm telling you- watching Minimalism really opened my eyes to how I can improve. In fact, today as I was meandering the aisles of Target I asked myself "is this going to add value to my life?" whenever something caught my eye. I think one of the first steps to leading a more minimal life is understanding that our purchases have an impact on not only us and our health- but our homes, families and of course our environment. I'm trying to be more conscious and watching Minimalism helped with that.
Two quotes from Minimalism that I loved:
"It's clear that the true problems of our Nation are much deeper- deeper than gasoline lines or energy shortages, deeper even than inflation or recession... In a nation that was proud of hard work, strong families, close-knit communities, too many of us now tend to worship self-indulgence and consumption. Human identity is no longer defined by what one does, but by what one owns. But we've discovered that owning things and consuming things does not satisfy our longing for meaning. We've learned that piling up material goods cannot fill the emptiness of lives which have no confidence or purpose. This is not a message of happiness or reassurance. But it is the truth and it is a warning."
-President Jimmy Carter
"Love people and use things. Because the opposite never works."
Happy weekend, friends. It's felt so good to be back here this week. xoxo