Our Journey to Less: Phase 2

Nine minutes is how long it takes me to vacuum 979 sq ft.

Simple living is:

Family Time

Forces us to go outside and explore

Money saving

No maintenance

Not buying stuff (because there’s no room for said stuff)

Cleaning is fast

Kids are creative in their play

Simple living means:

Very little time alone (challenging for this introvert.)

Sharing a cozy bathroom with my sweet hubby

Little room to host friends or let the dog run

For the purpose of simplifying this summer, I’d say the pro’s outweigh the con’s.  There have been many challenges, but keeping our goal in mind for the short and long term helps bring so much perspective. I now have a deep admiration for friends who choose this lifestyle long term!

We were in our apartment for almost 4 months. I haven’t blogged or taken many photos simply because they fall to the bottom of the priority list, and that’s ok. Our kids are home and I want to be fully present and engaged this summer so the other stuff can wait!

I have caught up on reading – my latest books include Present Over Perfect by Shauna Neiquest, At Home in the World, by Tsh Oxenrider, Drop the Ball, by Tiffany Duku and my favorite, No Greater Love by Mother Teresa.

What I’ve learned so far on this journey is that I put too much pressure on myself and I have for a long time. I’m taking the time to figure out my health issues (maybe I’ll write about that eventually), enjoying not having a plan and truly waiting on God to guide me. If I don’t hear from Him right away, that’s my sign to keep waiting on whatever is next. It is so freeing to take the pressure off for a change.

We have just arrived in Mississippi and will be here for the next three years. Our new home is not small by any means but it will allow us to lead the life we feel is best for us during this next season. Our simple living this summer has allowed us to renovate a home (which we oddly love doing) and make it our own piece of the south. We are so looking forward to new relationships, growing in community together and enjoying many visits from friends and family. Time goes by quickly, always. Enjoy the present moment friends and soak up what is left of summer!

xo Melissa

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