Sunday, May 6, 2012

My So-Called Minimalist Lifestyle

Big news, friends: Jim and I are officially homeless and living out of our backpacks! We've finally moved out of our apartment, stored our remaining boxes, and are now enjoying our remaining time here in Arizona with our family.

Paring down our possessions has been a long and tedious process. While most of the activity happened over the past 6 months, you could say that we’ve been working towards this dream for many years. In the back of my mind, I’ve always been looking for a way to get out and explore the world, but the timing (or circumstances) were never quite right.

To give you an idea of what we’ve been working on, here’s a snapshot of the many things we’ve sold, donated, or given away in anticipation of our travels.

We no longer have:

A home

A car

Full-time jobs 
From shootingthestars.wordpress.com.
Student loan debts 

Furniture


But, if you ask me, it’s more important to reflect on the many wonderful things that are still a part of our lives:
  • A loving family
  • Supportive friends
  • Our health
  • An education
  • A little money in the bank
  • The clothes on our back
  • A laptop with WiFi  our primary means of communication!
  • Big dreams

Put into these terms, our lifestyle doesn’t seem minimalistic at all. We’re grateful for the opportunities that we’ve been given, the support and encouragement of our families and friends, and the fact that we’re healthy enough to embark on this adventure. All in all, we are fortunate to have such a satisfying and fulfilling life.

Thank you for sharing this journey with us and continuing to cheer us on!