Thursday, February 16, 2017

The Great Purge of 2017

So in my previous post I mentioned how I didn't know there was an alternative than having a crazy amount of things in your lives, well the past few months I have been doing a lot of research and discovered that I am a Wanna Be Minimalist.  I have spent my whole life being suffocated by things and taking my all of my time to tidy and organize things I didn't really like or even want.  I have neglected the people that were important to me and given it to these things.  In the past year I have two "episodes" where I can't breathe and feel like I am literally being suffocated.  There hasn't seemed to be any rhyme or reason to them but now I wonder if it's not the stress of the stuff and all the things I need to do because of that.
So I have had some inspiration to help me realize it can be done.  First I listened to the book "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up"  It was a good book and gave some practical tips and tricks on how to simplify.  But I'm tired of tidying.  I want to figure out why I've done this to myself (and my family) and how to never, ever think this is acceptable again.
Next I watched a film on Netfix.  Honestly I don't remember how I stumbled onto "The Minimalists" but I can't be more grateful that I did.  The film is entitled Minimalism and is amazing.  It's direct and thought provoking.  I highly recommend it to everyone.......even if you never want to be a minimalist I guarantee this documentary will at least make you think about how we perceive life and why we are driven to act a certain way.
Then I started following their podcast.  Then I searched YouTube and that's where I found Darci Isabella's channel and I love it.  As a fellow mother of a large family it is nice to see someone who is real.  Dealing with a family and being a minimalist.  So inspirational.  I highly encourage everyone to go and take a look and subscribe.  From all of this I have realized that this is a journey.  I won't be an orderly and beautiful home tomorrow but if I spend the year as a wanna be minimalist I might be one step closer to a peaceful, less stressful, more organized life.  I hope that you'll join me on this journey.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Picture recap of 2016

Here's a few pictures as a recap of the CityFarmin garden in 2016.  Big plans are already underway for 2017 as we have a greenhouse this year.  Seeds orders will be going in soon, even though we have had 108" of snow.  I'm already dreaming of sunny days, warm weather and lots of yummy goodness growing in the garden.  This year I'm embracing my goals of becoming a wanna be minimalist.  I have always felt like I am suffocated by the "stuff" around me but didn't know there was an alternate way of living.  Well this year that is all changing.  Along with things around the garden I'll also be featuring our overhaul of our life, the stuff in it and hopefully the peace and happiness that I find along the way.  I hope to hear of the things you are doing this year.