Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Feeling good today!

Today is another first day without coffee. I have given it up many times before but I want this time to be the last. I've been down to 2 cups of half caffeine in the morning. I've been wanting to do this for a while. The coffee has been causing me stomach distress. The impetus for quitting today was last night's conversation with my brother. I will be visiting this weekend and I am going to join him in some "hot yoga" classes. I told him I was eating clean except for coffee. He encouraged me to quit again. I am drinking green tea to help ward off some of the bad withdrawal symptoms. Then when I am over the coffee I can work on the green tea if I want to. I am looking forward to the reported detox effect of the hot yoga. I hope I can do it! I've done yoga before but not like this. I will report back.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

10 Minimalist Quotes from the Tao Te Ching

I just received this in my email today from Miss Minimalist's blog. I had to share it. I want to refer to it often.
10 Minimalist Quotes from the Tao Te Ching

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Letting go and keeping things

Last March I moved from a large apartment to one half the size. I moved to shorten my commute. I got it down from 45 minutes to 15 minutes. It's wonderful. Before the move I sold or donated many items in what I now see as my first stage toward a minimalist lifestyle. Items I let go of include a HDTV, older small TV, large flat screen computer monitor, home office furniture, round glass dining room table and chairs, toaster oven, 2 glass side tables.  Now I've been in the new apartment for almost six months and I am in round two of the purging process. One area of concern for me is the kitchen. In the last few months I've accumulated more appliances connected with a raw vegan lifestyle such as a food processor, spiral slicer and food processor. Before I moved I let go of all the heavy china dishes and got a set of lightweight plates and bowls from Preserve Products. I'm really happy about this. At this point I am thinking I will keep these kitchen appliances. I read somewhere that this process is about simplifying so you can find out what is important for your life.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Waging a war on clutter

I woke up this morning happy with the progress I am making. Three large boxes of stuff went out and there are two more my the door ready to go. This morning I sent off the reply card to American Express publishing so they will stop automatically sending me two calendar books I don't need. If you do nothing they send them--tricky, but I am finally on top of this one! The life we lead is too complex these days to have to deal with clutter. There is a difference between clutter and abundance. Abundance is the joy you feel connecting with friends and/or family. It's the inner peace you feel after exercising and being out in nature. Or the calm satisfaction one feels after eating a meal of healthy whole foods. To me, clutter represents the anxiety and worry in my life and the limitations I feel. This is not want I want for the rest of my life. In my twenties I didn't have much and it seems that in my thirties I started accumulating stuff. Now that I am in my fifties I feel a strong pull to let go and simplify and I am following that feeling.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Back at blogger--minimalist musings

I'm back here now. In an effort to reduce all unnecessary expenses I've taken down my website and canceled my web hosting. Lately I've been getting into minimalist living. I've been reading websites on minimalist living and many of them recommend digital book readers like the Kindle. I am not a digital book reader yet. I enjoy books. I believe I keep it minimalist by using the public library. Every week I take out several books for the week. I am a fast reader and I don't have a TV, so I have the time to read and and I enjoy it very much. Because I use the library I only have the books from week to week and this falls within my minimalist goals. I do have some of my own books that I have kept. They are mostly food and recipe related. I have about 10 of these. And I'm not against digital book readers--just don't have the funds to get into right now. If and when I do I will report about my experience here. I love technology too so I'm sure it won't be too long...

The idea of living with fewer things is calling my name. During the past year I've been letting go of things. Here are 10 things I NO longer have:

1) TV
2) Home Office furniture
3) Full Size Mattresses and bed frame
4) Toaster Oven
5) Old computer tower
6) Large computer monitor
7) Large laser printer
8) Bedroom furniture
9) China dishes
10) Wallet
I use a money clip for a few necessary cards and any cash

I still have a way to go. I will report here as I let go of more things in the next year.