About Simple Life Works

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Less Means More

Waking Up from the American Dream

I've spent most of my life like a lot of other people. I've sought prestigious jobs, more money and better stuff in pursuit of the stereotypical American Dream and felt all the stress and guilt that goes along with it. Under all the pressure produced by chasing that dream, I started following Leo Babauta and his blog, ZenHabits.net, about ten years ago. Through a series of simple habit exchanges, Leo transformed himself from an overweight, in-debt, stressed-out habitual smoker into a healthy, vegan, debt-free, happier and more content person.

 

What is Minimalism?

Leo also introduced me to the world of minimalism. According to TheMinimalists.com, "Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom."

No one right way exists to practice minimalism. Some people reduce their house to 100 possessions. Others simply focus more on new life experiences rather than acquiring new things. I don't know where I'll end up in this spectrum, but I know I'll never get anywhere unless I commit to the journey.

I believe that focusing less on things and more on the people in our lives will make our communities and the larger world a better place.

This work is my commitment to a simpler, more fulfilling life.

I invite you to join me.