My family is 54 days into our Floridian “shelter-in-place” life. What’s your count? Have you lost count? I think today is Wednesday. And when did May happen?
Years before this pandemic, God began to whisper a calling into our hearts. One that looked oddly different than the life we were chasing. We were glorifying busy. We were on the hunt for prestige. We wanted quick success and the right to brag about such achievement. It’s the American way, amirite? The one who gets to the top first wins. The one who has more is hailed. And, unfortunately, the one who looks the most aesthetically pleasing during it all gets the loudest applause.
Thank goodness we decided to listen to God and do things differently.
(and thank goodness I didn’t fall for the trap that every picture I shared had to be perfect)
We want to give you a small surprise. In the spirit of introducing a 3-Day Challenge to combat stress with minimalism, here is an excerpt from our upcoming book, Love Fast Live Slow (LFLS), that we feel fits quite well.
‘“Humanity is overwhelmed with feelings of distress now more than ever. The world is looking for a solution to the angst. A trending solution to this overarching misalignment is to fill our lives with more. More stuff. More money. More exercise. More volunteering. More prestige. We look outward to satisfy our hunger for happiness. When the pendulum swings too far in our pursuit for more, it leads us to counter that busyness with a desperate evacuation: having less, doing less, spending less, conquering less. However, owning less or doing less is still an external solution to an internal problem.”
This 3-Day Challenge is not a solution to any internal angst you feel. It’s merely an external expression of you clearing out excessive or unnecessary objects from your life and home. It really can be therapeutic.
Have you been introduced to minimalism before?
Before we give you the challenge, let’s make sure we are all on the same page. What is minimalism?
1. a trend in sculpture and painting that arose in the 1950s and used simple, typically massive, forms.
2. an avant-garde movement in music characterized by the repetition of very short phrases which change gradually, producing a hypnotic effect. (dictionary.com)
Typically, one associates minimalism with simple or small quantities of material possessions. That is not inaccurate. But I apply it deeper. Minimalism to yours truly is a way of life. A way of seeing the world. I choose to live with low maintenance up keep, with a down-to-earth personality and a simple list of things that bring me joy. Like waking up slow. Drinking my tea while listening to a piano station on Pandora. Playing a board game with the kids (albeit they fight the entire time).
Raising a business and nurturing three kids is not a walk in the park. My days are rarely quiet or on task. However, I’ve had to sharpen my skills in self-discipline to keep a LFLS attitude alive. It takes work, believe you me.
Take this 3-Day Challenge and tell us what you think.
As you can see, these 3 tasks can build off one another. It adds up and by the last day of this challenge, you may have some new revelations to share with us.
Tell us below if you took this 3-Day Challenge! Did it help you decrease stress in your life? Perhaps you sprouted some new ideas of loving fast and living slow.
PS. If this 3-Day Challenge helped you, don’t miss the chance to learn more about our Love Fast Live Slow book. Coming soon!