After James died, and my heart was aching, I really studied how I had been living and prioritizing my life. I had striven to live a Christ-centered life and suddenly my efforts to follow Him felt shallow and self-serving. In searching for comfort from my Savior I developed a deeper desire to live a life more in tune with what I believed. I began to understand that in order to follow Him, and be changed by Him, I had to sacrifice the superficial.
So I started searching for concrete ways to do that. I read books on happiness and living debt-free. I did an online course that had me asking serious questions about what brings joy in my life and discovered my faith and family rank at the top of the list. Talking about all of this with a friend she suggested I might like the blog Becoming Minimalist, and I dove into the archives immediately recognizing how the principles of minimalism fit in with gospel principles I was striving to live.
I grew more and more excited as I felt it actually help me to align my life to be more in tune with His. My enthusiasm for the subject started coming up in nearly every conversation I had. Decluttering, simplifying schedules and wardrobes, getting out of debt, all of these things help us to live a more full and vibrant life filled with service and substantial joy.
I want to start sharing more of the concrete things I have learned and am still learning, how I am applying them, and what kind of change it has made in my life and home. It’s an ongoing practice but one that has brought more joy and love into my life and I’m excited to start sharing how.