**Heads up that this post contains more words and less pictures. I’m not doing my Friday Favorites today, because, well, I have other things to say. Stick with me.
Sorry for the radio silence over here. It’s been a crazy-busy week, one of those weeks when I feel like aside from sleeping, I haven’t been home for more than a half hour at time. This week has been full of friends, good food, a night out with my husband, a rehearsal dinner, late-night floral arrangements, and today a wedding for some great friends of ours. All good things, but I’m exhausted. Our house is totally out of control messy right now and we have dirty laundry up to our ears, so we plan to spend this weekend catching up at home, packing, and then on Monday we’re off to Iceland!
Now I’m going to transition and get real for a second. For both us and the people we love, life has been unpredictable and heavy lately: a lot of sickness, a lot of death, and some uncertainty with jobs and finances. Life brings a lot of unexpected crap, and even though there’s a lot of good, there’s also a lot of bad that comes alongside it. So how do you cope? I’ve been listening to a lot of minimalist podcasts lately (if you don’t know what minimalism is, read about the movement here). At first it made me feel totally inspired and I was getting seriously sucked in, but then I had a realization – I think for a lot of non-believers, minimalism is used as a coping mechanism for life’s crap. It simplifies things and gives you a sense of control over your life (which I’m not saying is a bad thing), but I think a lot people think it will be the solution to all of their problems, and when they figure out it’s not, they still find themselves lost.
See, everyone is searching for something. People are never fully satisfied, because they try to find fulfillment in life things. Jobs. Significant others. Creative expression. Minimalism. Whatever. They use these things to cope with the crap. Can you relate to that? These life things might satisfy and distract you for awhile, and may even bring you a lot of joy and fulfillment, but nothing truly lasting. Nothing in life is one hundred percent dependable. Nothing, except one thing. So what is that one thing that will give you true fulfillment and peace? The one thing that is one hundred percent dependable? The one thing that once you find, you can quit searching once and for all? Jesus. Yep, that’s it. It’s hard to wrap your mind around that, or even really believe that until you experience it for yourself, but I know from firsthand experience that my faith is the one thing that truly fulfills me. The one thing that helps me cope when life doesn’t make any sense.
Now back to minimalism. Once you have Jesus as your focus, I think minimalism can be a really great thing. For me, it’s about appreciating what you have, breaking away from the habit of constant consumerism, and just living life simply. It’s realizing that no, you don’t need that new sweater, even if it is only $10 on clearance. It’s realizing that you can, and should, say “no” when you are invited to go out again on your only free night all week. I think in a lot of ways, minimalism can enhance your faith in Jesus, if you approach it in the right way. When you are less stuff-focused, you become more people-focused, and have more time to focus on the things that are truly important in life.
SO, all that said, I’m excited to get started on my 5-part series on simplifying your life, where I’ll discuss wardrobe, home, finances, time-management, and healthy living. Stay tuned to follow my journey as I tackle these areas in my own life. I’m excited to share it with you!