How to Be Content on Your Birthday

four jars of contentment

Do you suffer from Birthday Letdown Syndrome? Your birthday is coming, and you have such high hopes that it will be all you wished for and more. Even if you’re not a big birthday person, I’ll bet you still have a few unspoken expectations for the day. All of that anticipation builds, and no matter how great the day is, it’s never quite how or what you expected. Then, the letdown comes. Dissatisfied and discontent, you turn the page, and[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Gratitude

Are you grateful or greedy?  Closely connected to our discussion on contentment is the idea of gratitude.  When we are grateful for what we have, it magically becomes enough.  However, when we compare and complain that what we have isn’t good enough, we convince ourselves that more is the answer.  More will change our disposition and make us happy, when in truth, it only leaves us more unsatisfied.  As Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist says, Gratitude, I have found, is[Read more]

26 Steps to Simplicity: Faith

We are shifting gears after what I hope has been a productive week of assessing the mess, identifying the beauty, culling the keepers, and donating the items we no longer need, love, or use (otherwise known as clutter). Now, let’s look at the why behind what we are doing. Creating space in our lives is essential, but there is more to life than being clutter-free.  I talked about this in my post, To What End Do We Simplify Our Lives? [Read more]

Minimalism Means Less Comparison and More Contentment

The pile of discarded items in my garage is growing each day, but, try as I may, I can’t seem to make a good blog post out of my progress.  I’ve been through the bathroom drawers and closet and my kitchen cupboards. I’ve made great headway, paring down the items we use each day to a manageable amount. But,as we are reading with the kids in Ecclesiastes, it all is meaningless.  I haven’t found joy in the accomplishment, and I[Read more]