Hello there! My name is Mariana, but I usually go by Mary. I’m glad you’re here! This is my personal space where I document my journey towards a simple, slower living, by God’s grace. This is where I express my thoughts, share pieces of the journey, what I’ve learned so far and the things I struggle with along the way and hopefully add value to someone else’s life. I like to say I’m a Jesus-loving minimalist!
My husband, Al, and I live in Jacksonville, Florida. We’ve been seriously trying to adopt a more simple and slow life since 2015-ish, even though we had taken some baby steps a bit earlier than that. This lifestyle has appealed to me mostly as a way to handle stress and anxiety, but also to create space to pursue a more intentional and meaningful life.
We never owned a garage full of stuff, although we did have about 5 bookshelves full of books; I couldn’t fit any more of those things in the house, nor did I want to! Our love for books kept us from letting them go for a few years until it finally clicked that we were just not going to read them all. We have a handful of reference books, but our libraries are basically down to our Kindle apps on our phones; mobile and light, just the way we like it!
I actually began my paring down process in my closet, and after a while, little by little, it spread to the rest of the house. Thank goodness we didn’t accumulate a lot to begin with!
We had a desire to live with less so we could have more freedom overall; stuff just starts to weigh us down after a while, if you know what I mean! After we got rid of our condo in 2015, we seem to be moving every year (gotta find a place you like, you know?), so we like to travel light and live light, especially in Hurricane-Land-Florida. We’ve still managed to live closer to my job, family, and the beach, so we’re thankful for that (My dream is to walk to work one day, ha)! We lived in a studio apartment for a little over a year and what an adventure that was! Today we live in a one-bedroom apartment facing a serene little lake with a fountain. Pretty quiet and with lots of natural light. We have plans for when our lease ends, but we’ll see. Right now we’re just enjoying ourselves.
We have since lived at a much slower pace nowadays. When we’re not working, you’ll find us at a local gym lifting weights 4 to 5 days a week, at the library reading or working on our laptops, enjoying a nice meal at home or at one of our favorite restaurants, road tripping along the coast, or watching movies and/or YouTube (Ted talks are my favorite).
I currently work full-time and did photography for a little while on the side, too. If you must know, I’m an INFJ. I’ve slowly taken on yoga, but I do what I can, about 15-20 minutes daily, or most days at least. I consider myself a lifelong learner so I’m constantly reading or listening to podcasts. I like to listen to many playlists I have created on Spotify, and when the weather allows, Al and I will spend lots of time out by the pool or at the beach just enjoying the outdoors and soaking in the sunshine. My coffee is black, decaf and I love trying out different teas; I’m currently enjoying ginger and mint.
So glad you stopped by! I hope you stay and connect! I’d love to help you simplify and enjoy a more intentional life in any way I can!