Educate, Empower, Encourage for Intentional Living
September 8, 2017
3 Ways I’m Simplifying My Life
Mine Space is back!
I know it has been a long time coming, but I wanted to take the time to refocus on what it is I am doing; what it is I want to do. And I’m so excited to share that with you here.
Like so many things, I think we get side tracked then end up in a place we’re not really sure of what to do next.
I have been in that place for a year now.
I almost gave up completely on what it is I want to do because the first go round wasn’t what I thought it would be.
When I started Mine Space early last year, I had a vision of working at home and spending more time doing what I wanted on my schedule. But quickly after I began, I realized I didn’t like organizing people’s things.
An organizational business with an owner who doesn’t enjoy organizing people’s things… well, you can guess how that goes.
Once I stepped away for a while, I allowed inspiration to come organically. I did not foresee that happening, but in February, that time came.
I knew what I wanted to do.
It would take time and planning. I was going to have to redesign my website, create a new logo, and figure out what I wanted it all to “feel” like.
Slowly, but surely, with the support of Jeremy, some organic inspiration, and research, I started taking notes and playing around with ideas.
So, here I am again. Running Mine Space. But this would not have happened without simplifying my life first.
One: The Phone
The first, seemingly minor, decision I made was to get rid of my smartphone and buy a “dumb phone.” I’m not exactly sure what sparked this decision. I’ve always been off-put by how much we use our phones.
The connectedness we desire from others tends to be exploited by large companies. I won’t go into that here (feel free to email me or comment) but I truly believe wherein smartphones have a purpose, they also hold us in their power.
So, the natural choice after recognizing this for myself was to give it up. Completely.
I use my laptop for everything anyway, so when I’m done driving or being out with friends I’m present. Just me. No device on the table. Me, myself, and I. That’s all I can offer anyway.
Two: The Home
When Jeremy and I first started dating, we talked a lot about the future. Our goals for ourselves, where we want to be, how we want to live. And the natural course of that conversation headed toward living simply.
Jeremy had fantasized about living in an RV, and I had always thought that a tiny home made so much practical sense.
Given our desire to move around and see new places/meet new people, we settled on the idea of an RV. We went back and forth for a while about what type: travel trailer, class a, travel trailer, class c. We ended up purchasing a class c named Melvin.
Melvin has already taught me so much, we’ll talk more about him later. Just know that while he may be small in comparison to an apartment or home, he has become more than enough for us and we love him.
Three: The Business
So, here we are, back to business talk.
Initially, I wanted to organize things. I wanted to help people downsize and find functionality in their homes that may have been lost. I loved organizing my things. How could I not like organizing everyone else’s?
While you’ll have a very simple answer to that question I’m sure, I did not understand this about myself until I tried it. I tried it and I didn’t like it.
And I’m here to tell you, that’s ok.
What’s the saying about “try try again?” But what they don’t follow up with is, you have to start to try at all.
While I was displeased a few months ago, I now have a new spark alight within me. I’m ready.
With a newer, cleaner, more simplified design, I can see my focus more clearly.
What does that look like now? You ask.
Over the past seven months, I have been immersed in the full time RV living lifestyle. Not because of any John’s notion, but because it makes sense. Whether it’s a tiny home, a shed, an RV, or a tent, living simply makes sense.
This day and age, we are BOMBARDED with stuff.
Phones, clothes, cars, pillows, paint, games, TV, magazines, getting our nails done, going to that party, signing up for that program… the list is endless. Endless.
And where we find ourselves now is one of the most unique times in human history. (I’ll be writing a lot about this).
But in that, I found my passion.
So, I am here to guide you through the stuff. To show you what a minimalistic lifestyle looks like and how it can make you happier and healthier.
My goal is to educate, empower, and encourage you on how to live more simply.
So hang out with me. Leave me comments. Ask questions. I want to hear what you think about living simply. What does that mean to you?