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Welcome to the Practical Minimalists.  We host a podcast where we discuss intentional living and what it means to have freedom with less.  We are also a community, so feel free to connect with us on social media! Wishing you peace, wonder, and joy....and the freedom that comes with less.

Before you Marie Kondo Your Life, Read This.

Before you Marie Kondo Your Life, Read This.

When the idea of starting a podcast about minimalism got out of my head and into the universe (or, in an email and then a phone call to my friend Eryn who, might I add was in the hospital...if you want to be specific) I thought it was going to be a soulful step-by-step show about simplifying your life.  But the deeper I dig, the more layers I cast off, the more I spend time in community with people, there more I don’t want too tell anyone what to do.  The more I don't want to suggest that you'll be happier if you start a capsule wardrobe or erase your calendar.  While I love tiny wardrobes and the side effects of my personal growth have included drastic simplification, I'm suddenly faced with the realization that there's a dangerous striving that can happen when I seek to "achieve" minimalism.  Maybe templates and recipes of simplifying your closet, calendar, and home would be helpful, but then what?  Will we be happy then?  Will we reach that allusive state of fulfillment?  Will we rest in contentment?

 

The more I reflect on the evolution of my simplification journey, the more I realize that it’s not clarity, or ultimate peace, or happiness or any stalwart and final state of being that is the prize. If my focus is on the thing that will happen after the achievement, after a purchase, after an accomplishment, after I Marie Kondo my life, then the pleasure and relief when that moment comes is only temporary.

 

The prize is the process.

 

For some reason singing opens up that creative part of me.  I am not a great singer.  But I lose all sense of false selves when I jam out in the kitchen when no one’s watching and all those sparks of ideas get oxygen and turn to fire.  Sometimes it's only a flicker.  Sometimes they smoke everyone out.  But every once in a while, a spark will last and turn into a beautiful fire that wants to be seen, to warm, to comfort, to dance.

 

I keep thinking about the song, Chasing Pavements.  I love that song.  

 

Should I give up?

Or should I just keep chasin' pavements

Even if it leads nowhere?

Or would it be a waste

Even if I knew my place?

Should I leave it there?

Should I give up?

Or should I just keep chasin' pavements

Even if it leads nowhere?

 

Some say that this song is about Adele’s impossible pursuit of a gay man’s love, but that's beside my point.  It was still resonating with me because it’s all about continuing the process and the pursuit even though she knows there is no prize at the end.  Some might think that this is depressing or angsty, but that’s not the way it hits me.  It’s floating down the river and taking in nature's wonder instead of asking the tour guide to drop you off at the end.  It’s enjoying the view of the aspens from the train instead of straining to see your destination.  

 

It’s chasing pavements.

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