Newest Adventure: Frugal Minimalism
A little background
Sometimes life throws you curveballs... you think "Ok you can breath now things are falling into place"... then in an instant they fall apart. At the beginning of the year my husband and I made a big move from the middle of nowhere Southern Ohio to a more Northern town on the outskirts of two major cities. A new job for him and a new life for our family. About the time we finally got settled and called this place home, something happened. He had to change jobs and a 45 minute commute suddenly became a hour and 30 minute commute one way with the joy of a significant cut in pay. What was comfortable and easy for a few fleeting months was quickly replaced with; to be honest sheer terror of making ends meet.
I am still in the beginning phases of trying to sort this all out and adjust. We still have each-other and that's the most important. In an effort to make the best of a "shitty situation" I have discovered Minimalism a sister concept to frugality. We all understand the concept of being frugal and stretching our pennies but most are not familiar with minimalism.
Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists describe it as " Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.