For Part One of this series, click here.
In theory, purging your life of stuff and mental clutter sounds amazing. Then you step inside your closet, and everything becomes confusing again. By the third trip to the thrift store, you're wondering if it's worth the exhaustion to try to clear out and clean with a toddler around. Just me? It can get pretty overwhelming pretty quickly. Where do I start? How much is enough? How do I not project this onto others and let judgement creep inside my heart?
Before I share any more about this journey for me, I wanted to point you to some resources. These are places I've been going for encouragement, practical steps, and a kick in the pants.
ART OF SIMPLE PODCAST
I love listening to podcasts these days. While I'm washing the dishes, cooking dinner, taking Reaghan for a walk, or playing with her on the floor. It breaks up the quiet for me and fills my mind with good things! Tsh Oxenreider leads this one and has some great interviews with friends. My favorites on this subject are Freedom From Stuff and Somebody Sewed that Shirt. You can see all her episodes and subscribe here.
MAKE IT HAPPEN
Finding out about Lara Casey and hearing her message brought so much validation to how I have been feeling the past 10-15 years of my life. This book is about tearing down fears and doing purposeful heart level work to get to what really matters in life. Making "it" happen for Lara is a life devoted to Christ, her family and loving others. She shares stories from her life of how she had to come to the end of herself and surrender control over to God in order to stop making temporary, non-eternal things happen.
Lara's book goes really well with her PowerSheets. These simple goal setting pages are powerful. It's one thing to realize that we are focusing on the wrong things and want to make that change. It's another thing to put that into concrete practice. The PowerSheets do this for me by helping me outline what fires me up. Then breaking those dreams and growth areas down into tangible, measurable action steps for the year, month, week and day.
The book Essentialism road on the coat tails of Make It Happen for me. Greg McKeown approached the same topic of making the right things happen in life, but from a different perspective. I definitely didn't feel like it was the same book at all. He tackles people pleasing, feeling stuck in life, and getting rid of the schedule + physical clutter. I just finished listening to this one on audio book and it was just so good for my soul. (Denton friends, it's at the library!) I felt so validated as I listened to Greg McKeown share about boundaries, saying no to the trivial many in order to say yes to the meaningful few, and saying "no" to other people's agendas. It has been so freeing. I can't say it enough: freeing. There's definitely been another level of heart shift for me because of this book.
NOTES FROM A BLUE BIKE
Another Tsh Oxenreider recommendation. Apparently I can't get enough of her. This was a fast and easy read for me. I enjoyed her chapters on kids schooling, eating slow and seasonal food, and battling boredom with kids. It's a fun read, with lots of stories from her life. She talks about how crazy and chaotic life can be, and how her family has chosen to live against that current and focus on their values, rather than bowing down to what the rest of the world says they should do. She covers 5 areas of life: food, work, education, travel, entertainment and how to live more intentionally in each area.
I hope these resources help you on your journey to pursue less! Have you read any of these books or listened to the podcast? Let me know what else you'd add to the list!