“There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness, and truth.” – Leo Tolstoy We recently moved into a new-to-us home. I've never felt joyful about relocating multiple belongings from one place to another. But this time around it was more of a pleasure than a burden. And here's why: We decreased what we own … Continue reading Our Minimal Move
You've probably noticed it takes time to update software on your new computer, to wash your (or your child's) massive laundry pile, to organize your cluttered closets, to read about how to use, clean, upgrade and store your newest insert latest gadget here. Simply put: it already takes an awful lot of time to maintain what we own – so … Continue reading The Freedom of Maintaining Less Stuff
We've worked hard the past couple years to minimize our belongings and consumption as well as any obligations or activities outside of the home that don't fit into our family's mission to slow down and enjoy life and our passions as individuals. But what do we do when Christmas comes? Do we give our kids gifts? … Continue reading What do Minimalists Give their Kids for Christmas?
Enough is enough already. Meetings. Money. Appointments. Activities. Go go go. Have you ever sat back and wondered how your schedule spiraled out of control? Have you ever wondered how you agreed to do so many things for so many other people? Or how you signed up for so many things? I'd like to encourage … Continue reading Heed + be Still
Everyone in our neighborhood starts school next week. It feels like summer just started so I'm still not sure how I feel about school buses swinging by our home again so soon. In my last post about getting rid of to-do lists, I wanted to share my process in how I got rid of to-do lists. … Continue reading Planning This Year’s Homeschool
I had a mom tell me the other day that I have it all figured out. I had to laugh because she couldn't be further from the truth. As moms, especially homeschooling moms, no matter if you're new or seasoned, we're all still trying to get it right. The only thing I can say is … Continue reading No More To-Do Lists
When did everything become so complicated? I love visualizing humanity's timeline on earth – from whenever it began whether it be 1,000,000 or 6,000 years ago and a line graph heading straight to today. The line proceeds low on the graph until say, we created civilizations and governments and weapons and farm tools where it rises just a bit. But in … Continue reading A Simpler Life
Since we homeschool year round we believe our kids are constantly learning – there's no beginning and there's no end to one's curiosity and pursuit to the depth of knowledge – so I'd be lying if I said we "break" for summer. Rather, we shift things around. Summer, for us, has turned into "let's dig deeper and … Continue reading What our Unschooling Summer Looks Like