Lately it’s been getting harder and harder for me to just breathe.
All the noise
All the voices
All the hurt
All the deception
All the stuff
All the debt
All the stress
All the distraction
All the choices
All the deflecting
All the waste
All the frustration.....
Can you relate?
Before I get into the details of the journey we’re about to go on together, I think I need to give you some back-story and start at the beginning….
Back in 2013, my life was totally turned upside down and my world-view was forever changed.
I had recently moved into a 4000 sq. ft. home that I shared with 7 other people (my family plus 1). We had an over-sized 3 car garage the size of many people’s entire homes and it was filled so ridiculously full of stuff that we couldn’t even dream of parking one car in it, let alone three (but that was okay because we had a driveway that could fit 20 cars…)
I was in a spiritual and relational funk. I just didn’t feeeeeel right and I knew something needed to change but I wasn’t sure where to begin.
Can you relate?
A friend told me about the book 7: An Experimental Mutiny against Excess by Jen Hatmaker and it seemed like exactly what I was searching for. I wasn’t looking for a quick fix… I needed an experience. I wanted to go deeper than ever before in my spirituality and completely have my world rocked because I was completely desperate for change and walking out a simpler life... one that made more sense to my heart and soul, I could not continue on the consumerism hamster wheel that was making me physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually sick.
So we did it. My husband Craig and I walked through a seven-month mutiny against excess and our lives were totally changed by it.
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7 is the true story of how Jen (along with her husband and her children to varying degrees) took seven months, identified seven areas of excess, and made seven simple choices to fight back against the modern-day diseases of greed, materialism, and overindulgence.
We did it, too, I blogged about it as we journeyed, and it completely wrecked me. By the end of it, it was difficult for me to even have a simple conversation with another person for some time. I knew God in a new, intimate way I never dreamed possible and I felt so much lighter and freer to truly be me and walk out my purpose.
Over the past 4 years, we have moved 3 times, lived in 3 states and have gone from a household of 9 at one point to a household of 3 (now). There have been several job changes, lifestyle changes, and environmental changes. We have walked through some of our most challenging seasons of our lives and the most fulfilling.
It has been a whirlwind of emotions and growth and it all left us in the middle of the desert (both figuratively and literally) not really even being sure which way is up anymore.
Can you relate?
We have been searching and seeking, praying and fasting…. And we finally found our path.
Craig put on a documentary for us to watch a few weeks ago called Minimalism: A Documentary. It hit something in us, but I didn’t feel like it was our full story. We have also had several conversations lately about getting completely out of debt, something we have been slowly working on since 2016. That seemed to be a piece of this puzzle as well. (Click the photo below to see all of the books and other resources by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus: The Minimalists.)
Then I got to thinking about our 7 journey from 4 years ago and I realized that the meshing of these two journeys was really what I was craving and needing. It’s not enough for me to just get rid of all of my excess stuff…. I need to bring that same purging, detoxing, refining, "mutiny against excess" mentality into every single aspect of my life. So…
I hope you’re ready and willing to go on a journey with me.
I’m calling this adventure “just breathe” because that is my goal. In every single aspect of my life, I want to create this s p a c e for whatever is for right now and whatever is to come next.
Over the next little while, I will be taking this journey with you here on my blog as we explore what this looks like in many areas of our lives, including possessions, stress, finances, work/ life balance, waste, media, relationships, food, religion, etc…. nothing is off-limits and I’m sure this will evolve as we go.
In my next post, I will share with you more in detail about specific, concrete goals we have for our household through this journey. Today, I just wanted to give you some back story and a general idea of the direction we will be gong in.
This is intentional living at it’s finest and it so hugely speaks to my heart. I hope it speaks to your heart, too.
I would love for you to come along for the ride. I promise that it will be authentic, challenging, and eye-opening…. And I hope we are all moved through it to be different, healthier, and better.
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Dear friend, I'm inviting you to be the change you want to see in the world. Together we will be learning how to create the s p a c e and margin needed in order to start breathing easier and living the party of our lives.
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Now friend, I want to ask you...
Have you been on a similar journey?
Are you frustrated about similar things?
Are you ready to do this along with me? Tell me your thoughts on intentionally living a simple life in a comment below!