This book is so practical and such an easy read... I totally recommend it, regardless if you're not ready for the new Japanese minimalism in any way.
This life was never supposed to be a breeze. That's not what the Bible says. But there is a reward for enduring; there is hope and joy everlasting at the finish line.
Once we began decluttering, or minimizing, the effects spill on to different areas of our lives; even our vacations look different now. I'm not saying we won't ever go on a big trip or anything like that, but life is simpler now, and the 52 weekends we have a year have become our ideal in relaxation.
The journey of living a slow life has been quite the journey. It has almost felt like doing a U-turn and driving past all these cars going the opposite direction of me. They're all going the same direction as the other, but it's leading them towards a very different destination.
There is never one season like the other. The Bible says there is a time for everything, which means some seasons will be exciting to experience, while others, not so much.
As my grandmother used to say, "sound pollution" has become a constant in our lives. It's almost unescapable.
From the time I was single and still living with my parents, my twin sister and I entertained the idea of living in a studio apartment. Even though that never took place, years later, and now married, I finally had the opportunity to reside, for just over a year, in a studio apartment with my husband.