Sometimes, inspiration hits months or years before you even realize what you needed! I love those lightbulb moments- I have even been known to smile a half-smile and nod as I catch on.
For me, it occurred with this blog name. I knew I needed to name my blog Simply Plenty, and I just knew I wanted to make life simpler. Well, over the course of the past few months, I have sold that redone vintage trailer (for a profit- yeehaw), gotten rid of over half my houses "guts" and sold a motorhome (for a loss- gotta love depreciation)! Woohoo! I have fallen in love with the idea of a "Simple life"- not strict minimalism, but my version of it. :) I get funny looks and shocked comments when I talk about what I'm doing or how the garage sale pile is filling a room now, but how it feels inside is amazing! I have had some serious inspiration from some of my favorite bloggers: Carmella, the Minimalists, Joshua Becker, Leo Babauta, Meg Wolfe, and Francine Jay. I love how I pick up bits and pieces of what fits me and mine with each read. I have read several books from these people (it's been so long, with the busy life of being a mama, since I've read, and it was good to get back in the swing) and enjoy getting closer to what my dream is...
One thing that each author discusses is how amazingly free it feels to live simply. I am here to say that I whole-heartedly agree with that! Not only does it feel more free, life feels lighter! Not as heavy, not as burdened. My hubby made a comment tonight that the air smells better the past few days. He then stopped and said he wasn't sure if it really did, or if it was just because he felt "lighter"! I loved it!
Things are less crazy, and when you live in a "zoo", that is nice. Things seem a bit more peaceful- especially when the electronics are hidden ;). And visiting and sharing our days with each other flow easier. It's a wonderful thing to be best friends with your family- we learn the most from them, so why not be each other's best cheerleaders too? Friends have disagreements, we're not all alike, but we can still be best friends! That's the whole point. That's what our goal is- to lift one another and find pure happiness together, as a family. And it is coming by being simple.
Each day is a process- some days I am too tired to empty stuff- it's coming bit by bit though. And I'll be having the mother of all garage sales in the next few weeks as a celebration :)! This way of living may not work for everyone, but it is working for me. In hindsight, my tiny little hair-brained idea of living more simply - and that being plenty- blossomed into what it was intended to be all along. An even more wonderful thing- A more full, more complete, and more happy life... all because of LESS! It makes me smile just to say it!