I really liked this article from a neat, local company, Plywood People, called Owning Less. Living More. I think the author really captures the same feelings I have as I attempt to become more of a minimalist (and not just because it's a trend thank you very much). You can read the whole article here but this was my favorite part:
Our mantra became, “Intentionally promote the things we most value and remove anything that is distracting us from it.”
The life-giving benefits were felt almost immediately. We had less to clean, organize, manage, and maintain. We suddenly had more money available. We experienced more space, freedom, and calm. Stress and anxiety began to fade. We found more opportunity to spend time together as a family. Our lifestyle became more friendly to the environment around us. Intentionality was born. Gratitude and contentment began to fill our hearts. And our capacity for generosity began to grow—as did our desire to embrace it.
Matt, Maebe and I headed up to Helen in the north Georgia Mountains to see his family for Thanksgiving. We had a great time; we shot pumpkins, chopped wood, cheered on my niece's basketball team (Matt's dad is the coach), and had a great meal. We also got to spend quality time with Matt's brother Jonathan. He is moving to Charlotte for a new job in a couple weeks so it was good to see him before he leaves.