Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Been a While... Let's Play a Game - 10.31.2017


It has been 6 months or so since I last wrote.  I've missed writing.  It's always been one of my greatest joys.  However, life got hectic.  Very hectic.  And so, writing took a back seat.  However, things are beginning to settle down once again and that has given me a certain peace of mind.  One that has cleared my thoughts and is allowing my creative juices to start flowing once more.

I have been given a new lease on life and I am feeling incredibly grateful.  My old life now lies behind me and a new, bright future awaits.  Living small is still an incredibly important part of my life.  I now live in an 840 sq. foot bungalow with my kiddo. We maximize space and utilize every single room to its fullest potential.  We're happier than ever before and our carbon footprint remains small.

The blog will continue to focus on living small.  I cannot wait to share more content with you as this year ends and 2018 awaits.

Tomorrow is November 1st.  I will be taking on the #minimalismgame for the month.  I've played this game many times before and it has helped me in de-cluttering over the years and maintenance.  However, this month I will take it on at work.  As a teacher, I accumulate A LOT of random stuff. Clutter isn't just a problem at home, like most people would assume.  It can become quite an issue in our workspace and affect our productivity.

I encourage all of you to give it a go.  Whether you do it at home or at work, it is absolutely worth it.

Good luck!

Hugs,
Mina

Monday, May 15, 2017

Solo Travel - Would you do it?


One of my favorite things about the minimalism mentality and way of life is the focus on experiences above the material things.  Travel is something that has always been important to me.  Ever since I was a kid, I've traveled and always found joy in packing those bags and headed to a new place.  A couple of months ago I took a giant leap and did a solo trip to Germany.  I visited Munich specifically.  I booked all of my excursions from home and stayed at an amazing Airbnb on the famous Maximilianstrasse.  The entire 9 days felt like a dream come true.  Of course I was nervous to go by myself to the other side of the world.  Especially with being a mom now.  Leaving my munchkin behind was hard and a bit nerve wrecking, to be honest.  But, once I settled into "my" Munich apartment, I felt a freedom I had not felt since I was a teenager visiting my grandparents in Nicaragua every summer.  There was this sense of time not mattering and having nowhere to go and nothing to do.  Wow.  What an amazing feeling.

Minimalism is all about attaining that same sense of freedom, but in your everyday existence.  I would highly recommend a solo trip of your own.  Even if just to a nearby town.  Plan it all from home and pay it all ahead of time.  This way, life is as simple as a fiddle once you get there.  All you'll need to do then is enjoy the moment and be in the now. Amazing, right?

Have you ever solo traveled? What was your experience?

xoxo - 

Mina

Friday, April 21, 2017

Which Path?


If there is one thing in life that is constant, it is change.  Opportunities come into our lives as quickly as they dissipate and sometimes we can get caught in the crossfire of indecision.  One of the benefits of living a simpler life is that it provides us with room to think.  Clutter need not only be physical.  It can be mental as well and it seems many of us tend to overlook that fact.  We may de-clutter and simplify our outside lives, but inside we are still living a world full of chaos and compromises.  Take an inventory of your inside life today.  Look away from the physical clutter and re-evaluate your mental clutter.  How many things are you worried about that you needn't be?  Is there anything you can accomplish right this very second and therefore move it out of the way?  Pick the path of least resistance and watch as the world just becomes filled with more ease.  Let go and let God.  One of my favorite inspirational phrases.  Let Go(d).

Love,
Mina

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Hello Again...


It has been a while, hasn't it?  I haven't written since September and boy, oh boy do I miss it.  But, sometimes, life does get in the way and priorities shift.  Life has definitely been busy, hectic, chaotic and everything in between in the past 7 months.  But, I'm hoping to begin writing here more consistently in the coming months.  It's important to get back to the simpler things in life and appreciate life and its challenges for what they are... learning opportunities.  I am facing lots of mountains at the moment, but my faith in God reminds me that there is no mountain He cannot move. It's a good reminder for today.  Not just for me, but hopefully, for you too.  Have a great Tuesday and I look forward to writing more and more and sharing life's journey with you all once again.

Mina