My daughter wakes up every morning and shuffles downstairs singing lilting, made-up tunes. My husband reads so many vintage National Geographic Magazines that he can answer any question I ever ask. He also gives the warmest hugs. I’ve filled my cozy home with sentimental heirlooms passed through the generations. My cats love to snuggle.
My life is not just enough; it is a effervescent cup of abundance spilling over the rim. I am on a journey to embrace all of that simple beauty and wonder and not get too caught up in errands and to-do lists. I want to listen to friends often, lose track of time in my garden, and hug the people I love whenever I can.
For years, I balanced my crafty business with community engagements, side gigs, a day job, and my family life, and it always seemed like I needed to push to attain more. When I stepped back and edited out the parts that didn’t work, I had more time for books, walks, and reflection. Surprisingly, with fewer expenses, I had more money to pay the bills, too. Life with less is really so much more.
I am on a quest to buy nothing new for a year, and I am sharing my journey here. It is as much an attempt to simplify as it is a small way to nurture the environment. I don’t want to make so much trash. I love finding ways to reuse and upcycle, too, but my focus is really on reducing consumption overall.
I am also a vegan, and I find simple ways to make eating more vegetables tasty and fun.
My crafty past has been hard to relinquish completely, so I am slowly inching away from that. I still do lots of custom sewing and screen printing, and I love offering my business services, like web design and copy writing, to other crafty entrepreneurs. I had a little brick and mortar for a long time, and I’ve had an online business even longer. I love sharing what I’ve learned in my journey with anyone who needs a little help.
My simpler lifestyle has given me lots of time to dance with my daughter, play music with my darling husband, and walk around my pretty Kansas City neighborhood. I also read books, eat snacks, and pet cats.