I have been reading though. Today I want to introduce you all to a GREAT book by Lorilee Lippincott of Loving Simple Living. It is called 321 Stop - stop running and start living.
From the book site:
3-2-1 Stop is a how-to memoir of learning to love simple living. Lorilee uses personal stories, as well as tips learned along the way, showing how to create a life that makes space for what is most important. Embracing minimalism, she tackles and teaches how to make the hard decisions of simplify the home as well as the schedule. She understands that a full life, really doesn't need to be that 'full' at all. Beyond that, Lorilee addresses the hidden emotional hoarding that keeps our souls running.
I really enjoyed this book. I have been going through a purging phase recently by way of Organized Simplicity, but this book goes beyond becoming clutter free. It puts the *stuff* out of your life, but also out of your thinking. 3-2-1 Stop allows you to take a look at your whole life, and what you want to accomplish. What is important to you? She is not saying get rid of everything you own, although you may want to when you finish this book! Instead, she is giving you permission to let go of what may not be healthy in your life right now.
I had the opportunity to ask Lorilee a few questions:
What was the biggest driving factor for such a drastic change from the normal American lifestyle?
It doesn't seem near as drastic now. When we really decided to make a change I was very overwhelmed and stressed out with everything I was trying to balance. As a family we really wanted to travel and have more time with the kids but we never had money and we were always to busy. We can't grow a money tree and play all day, but making the changes we did made a huge difference to both finances and time.
How would you encourage someone just starting on this path of simplicity/minimalism?
It isn't as big of a deal as it seems right now. When we first started getting rid of stuff and talking about moving it seemed like this huge thing to us. It was hard to figure out what we actually wanted to keep and getting rid of stuff was hard. We thought that people might think we were going broke or crazy. Looking back months later I hardly remember the stuff we got rid of. People probably still think we are a bit crazy, but most people are curious and interested. I would rather be a bit crazy and interesting than normal anyways :)
So go for it! Keep on. It is worth it!
What was the hardest part of your journey?
In the minimalism journey it was the fear of what people would think. I still struggle with it. With writing the book the whole thing has been scary as well. People talk about the problem of writers block but I think it is much harder to get over the fear that no one will want to read what I have written.
How have your kids reacted to the change in their lives?
Well, they were little when we did our dramatic change and move last year. Ages 4 and 7. They want time and space to play, they want attention and love and family time. Stuff or no stuff isn't much of a deal to them. They are enjoying less stuff when it comes time to clean up :) My daughter talks about wanting her own room again someday and my son wants to live in a hotel... so we can never make them both happy.
What overall message do you want people to take away from your book?
I want people to understand that they are in control of their life. If we are stressed or overwhelmed it is because we have allowed to much to get in. I want people to realize that they can choose the life they want instead of just living the life that society has handed them. Intentional living is the core.
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I am of course linking up at the yarn along, hopefully everyone else made more progress on their knitting than I did :-)