It dawned on me, last Thursday, I’d reached a milestone.
Had I achieved a million hits on Simply Being Mum?
No, not quite, although that would be lovely.
It was my 5th anniversary.
Of what? Getting married? Moving house? Giving up coffee (unlikely…)?
It was the 5th anniversary of choosing to live a family life simply done.
I’ve told the story, before, of how it all began. But I sometimes forget to update on how our family journey is progressing.
It’s going well. It was a great decision to take a simpler approach to family life. We are living better.
Although it’s been 5 years since making that life-bettering decision, this blog didn’t go live until 18 months later.
Before starting to blog, I read. I read a lot. Particularly blogs about minimalism and living a simple life. Blogs focusing on paring down and decluttering, not just physical space but mental space also.
There are many bloggers who, had they not decided to put themselves out there and blog, I wouldn’t be able to thank for my incredible 5-year-journey to date. The community inspired the journey, and kept me going.
‘It does not matter how slowly you go, as long as you do not stop’ Confucius.
So, if you feel you’d like to start your own journey, or would like further inspiration to keep going – my advice would be to read. Read a lot. Then if you feel able, blog. Blogging takes time and perseverance. But the personal rewards are immeasurable in keeping you on track with making the changes you want in life. Try it and see.
To get you started, or to keep you going, here’s some recommended reading.
Today The Guardian launched the Live Better Challenge.
“The Live Better Challenge is all about positive action. Over the next seven months, we hope you will use this website to tell us about the projects your local community is setting up, organisations that you like, gadgets you have tried out, shortcuts you have discovered – or the plain joy of growing your own tomatoes/making three dinners out of one chicken/watching your children jump in muddy puddles. We want to share knowledge, pool ideas, and think, together, about the future.” (source)
(I am in no way compensated for highlighting this challenge. But, as you know, I like to share.)
I’ll definitely be taking part. And who knows maybe you’ll see me over there, at some point, talking about living better? 😉