Simplify by Joshua Becker – book review

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Welcome to the first installment of Blogger Book Club hosted by Sarah @! Each month a bunch of bloggers are linking up to share different book reviews based on a common theme.  I have never belonged to a book club before.  I did not like the idea of having to read the same book as everyone else. What if I didn’t like it? What if everyone else did not like my pick? It’s too much pressure for me.  But when Sarah came up with this idea and suggested the month’s themes, I jumped on board.  If you want to join in the fun, check out Sarah’s blog page and send her an email to sign up!

This month we were asked to choose a book that we find motivational.  “Motivational” was such a blurred line for me.  What some see as motivating, others might see as inspirational or even a self help “How To”. The following book was motivational for me as well as a how to guide.


Simplify: 7 Guiding Principles to Help Anyone Declutter Their Home and Life 

By Joshua Becker

-Here is a little about the book via Joshua’s Becoming Minimalist blog/website

“Simplify is a celebration of living more by owning less. It calls for the end of accumulating unnecessary possessions by highlighting the enjoyment of living with less.

Simplify will change the way you view physical possessions. And it will provide you with the motivation to realign your life around your heart’s greatest passion.”

-I chose this book due to my quest to declutter my life.  Joshua explains that becoming a minimalist means something different to everyone.  Not all minimalists sell everything and downsize their lifestyle to fit into a 200sq ft trailer on wheels.  Joshua calls himself a “rational minimalist.” This means pursuing a simple lifestyle but doing it rationally. DING! DING! This is exactly what I want.

Without giving away all the secrets of the book, this list of seven principals has you looking at your belongings in a new light.  Why are you holding on to a gift someone gave you years ago that you have not looked at in years? Does your stuff bring you joy? Is the item something you cherish or do you keep it because of guilt? By changing your lifestyle to a minimalist approach, the following things happen:

  • You spend less because you need less
  • You stress less because the clutter is not there to cause a visual distraction
  • Your house is easier to clean – without all the clutter to move out of your way, cleaning takes less time
  • You have the freedom to do more things. How? You have saved money because you are not spending it on crap you don’t need. And you have the time to do new things because you are not constantly cleaning up

These are just a few benefits to decluttering your home and life.  Decluttering does not mean to reorganize.  You are not taking your belonging from one room in your house and storing them in a cabinet or a box.  You commit yourself to donating, selling or trashing the majority of your thing that you do not use.  The things you keep should be what you use.  I know there are things that have emotional value. It’s OK to keep somethings.  However, I bet if you look at your attic or garage, and after the overwhelming feeling goes away, you will ask yourself why you are holding on to all your stuff too.

I don’t feel like we have the typical amount of clutter. I do not hold sentimental attachment to things like most people.  My garage is not wall to wall boxes and neither is my basement.  You can open my closets without things falling out.  But what is there, really can go. Having the tools outlined in this book will help to make this process less of a chore.  I look forward to the days when I can look around and know that everything we own has meaning to us.  Just the thought of this makes me smile and feel less stress.

Are you interested in learning more about becoming a minimalist?  Check out Joshua’s website linked above for helpful tips and information about other booked he has written.

Have you read any motivational books lately? Please share in the comments below!

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It’s been a great start to 2015!

Hello everyone!  I am joining the Let’s Grow Together in a link up hosted by my blend Miriam over at Farm Girl.  If you love fashion, farm animals and a witty sense of humor, you should check out her posts.

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Today is Wednesday.  Two weeks ago was New Years Eve. We are currently smack dab in the middle of January.  How crazy is that? I passed my 3rd anniversary of my healthy(er) lifestyle change on the 8th. Dan and I celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary in exactly 2 weeks. Time is flying by!  Despite the freezing January temperatures and this head cold that I caught when I came back to this germ fest of an office, the past couple weeks have been good to me.

If you follow me on Instagram, you would see that I am back to doing my yoga challenges after taking the month of December off.  Boy did I miss them!  I won a prize in the first week! I am planning a blog post on that soon.  I have tried “new to me” poses~ some with success, some that need a lot of work… And have come to the conclusion that even if I never master arm balances that’s ok.  I have not given up on them. I am just not stressing over them either.

I am continuing on my path to becoming a minimalist. I first wrote about the urge to purge back in July ’14. I am not going to sell my house and move into something that’s 200 square feet.  Let’s be rational here! Actually rational minimalism is a thing and what I aspire to be.  I am happy in my 2000 sq ft home.  I think, because of my lack of sentimental attachments, we actually have less then the average couple living in a 3 bedroom house in suburbia. However, the things I do have are just sitting in boxes and storage containers that have not been seen since we moved 6 years ago.  Why am I holding on to it? I see a large yard sale in my future! Does 70-80’s Tupperware hold their value?  Hmmm….

I miss running.  I miss it a lot.  It is just way to cold in the mornings to get me out there and it’s not light out long enough after work to go to the park.  The bright side is that is still a little light out at 5:15PM which is when I would get out to run anyway. So I have approx. 6-8 weeks to go and I will be happy again.

Is it just me or are there a ton of great movies out right now?  And so many of them are true life stories which I LOVE!  So far this year, we have ween Unbroken, The Imitation Game and The Gambler ( not a true story ).  We are planning to go back again this weekend to see some others.

Also, this month I decided to join another blend, Sarah for a blogger book club! I have never belonged to a book club before.  Every month there is a theme for the book you should read… no one picks the book for you. This is what sold me on this actually. There is still plenty of time to jump on board for this month if you want.  Your “book report” is due the last day of the month and link your blog with the rest of the group. This month we are looking at motivational books.

So, that is my two weeks in a nutshell. Tell me… how has the start of 2015 been for you?

Stay happy and healthy my friends!