My friend Joseph and I were chatting a couple of weeks ago about my plans for this site. For my life. This is a conversation we have. Often. Either of us can be the center of focus. Since he’s been working a full time gig for the man for quite a few months now, the spot light has tended to focus on me of late. Where I am. Where I’m going. What I want to be doing.
As often happens one or the other of us will email or tag stories in our RSS feed readers which we believe might be of interest. Within the history of our friendship, we have had some interesting adventures, learned a lot, and discovered deep and lasting friendship. One thing we both know about each other is our propensity for analysis paralysis. During that chat I mentioned I was going to think about shifting the focus of this site from being a pure food blog to something that might include local food production, travel, general sustainability and the like.
We chatted for a while and tossed some ideas around. If memory serves, I probably followed up with a message about what I was going to work on next in order to get ready to start thinking about what I was going to need to do. See where I’m going?
Analyzing the death out of my life. ARGH!
Well a day or two goes by and I get a notification of a story by Leo Babauta author of the Zen Habits blog. This first post was about having no goals, plans and subsequent need to analyze the hell out of everything. Well, I can only say that after reading (and subscribing to Leo’s feed) I was a convert. Not only to the option of relinquishing the need to know every possible outcome for every possible option, but just relaxing. And breathing.
The more I read on Zen Habits, the more fulfilled I found myself (at least as it related to letting go of the stress associated with making things happen.) Then, I got sucked into the vortex that is Minimalism. I even spent a whopping $9.95 on Leo’s book, “The Simple Guide To a Minimalist Life“.
He calls it minimalism. I call it freedom. In fact, I’ve been thinking about “getting free” for the past few years. For me, this meant reducing things I really only had in my life because I thought I wanted them in my life. It also meant getting control of my time and money. Sadly, the only reality I’ve ever been able to associate with these thought processes has been that I might figure out how to succeed and get free “some day”.
After reading The Simple Guide To a Minimalist Life, and spending this past weekend de-cluttering, I have to share just how amazing it feels. First, I was able to bag up about 80% of my clothes, shoes, and various other tidbits in my bedroom. I’m planning on donating those items to one or two of the local thrift shops that do great works for charity.
I have a ton of read books (mostly read, anyway!) that I’ll be posting up on Amazon Resellers in an attempt to recoup even a small amount of money. Additionally, I have a number of computer hardware, software, related cables, tools, etc. that I’ve just been hauling around for a while. They are going on eBay or getting donated as well.
And my 10,000 or so comic books that I stopped actively collecting several years ago (mostly due to finances, but a good amount of apathy as well) are going to start getting listed also. In fact, I’ll first try and sell some of my belongings on the new local site Classifieds.InVerdeValley.com. If I’m able to sell there first, then more profit. If the free classified site doesn’t bring any interested buyers, I’ll try posting on eBay. Worse case scenario, off to the thrift store.
As Synchronicity would have it, today I came across the small house movement. Looking into my bedroom now, realizing I’m only using about 25% of my dresser (its more for holding up my entertainment hardware) And I’ve contracted from 2 normal sized closets to less than a single one (with my hanging clothes spread out on the rack) I have a ton of space. Clean, sparse, uncluttered, beautiful space. Mom was concerned that the next time she visited the room I may have no bed!
Well, the small house movement is definitely quite attractive to me. Below is a video from PBS (thanks to viewers like you! 😉 ) that documents some of the founders of the what they refer to as the tiny house movement. Tiny, small, minimal: however you’d like to refer to it, the idea is alluring. Check it out, it’s less than 9 minutes long. Then leave your thoughts in the comments section below. Can’t wait to get some feedback!