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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Independance Means Less "Stuff"

Happy Independence day everybody! The cynic in me wonders how long before that phrase will become offensive and changed to something politically correct. But I refuse to go down THAT road today.

Summer is flying by and I did not even get a June post in! Camping, biking, swimming, boating, fishing, picnics, BBQ's, ice-cream, water fights, volleyball, canoeing, shooting, running, shopping, vacations, weddings...whoooooa!

It is zipping by and I am loving every minute of it. We tried to keep our calendar a little bit cleaner this year without scheduling it all away. We (with kudos to my wife) have kept up our striving-towards-minimalism-healthy-life-attitude.

We have given, bartered, traded and trashed our way to the goal of being minimalists. Someone commented the other day, "I can see your walls!" We didn't realize it, but we had so much stuff some of our walls were covered with boxes and totes.

What a liberating experience to be able to have empty space and clean counter-tops. It felt frustrating at first, like we weren't making progress. But, little by little, we are getting there. One corner, one box at a time, we are emptying the clutter from our lives.

After doing some in-depth research, we have come to the conclusion that there is so much toxin in the preserved food we eat, it's no wonder our healthcare system is in the toilet. We are making the switch to organic foods, local farmers, back-yard garden and are feeling the better for it. I am also back in the Gym as of 8am this morning after a 3 month break. I felt like absolute crap for 3 months...why do I do that to myself?

Independence truly means less stuff. I never thought I would see the day that I was so excited and rejuvenated by getting rid of so many things.

The way we want our lives to be....less is truly more.