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Becoming Minimalist - Learning That Less Is More

06/17/12 10:09:11AM

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Becoming Minimalist: Start Here.

by joshua becker

Welcome to Becoming Minimalist. If you are new to this site, know that you are not alone. In fact, while Becoming Minimalist is honored to have tens of thousands of regular readers, there are thousands of readers each day that stumble on to this site for the first time. And to you, a special welcome. Id love to make your experience here as comfortable as possible.

More than anything else, this is a site designed to inspire you to pursue your greatest passions in life by owning fewer possessions. It is based on the realization that there are far more important things in life to accomplish.

Our story begins on a beautiful three-day weekend at our home in suburban Vermont. The sun was shining, the flowers were blooming, the grass was beginning to green, and the trees were budding. I was cleaning my garage, my wife was cleaning the bathrooms, and my 5-year old son was in the backyard asking us to come play with him. At that very moment, I struck up an entirely coincidental, life-changing conversation with my neighbor who commented, Maybe you dont need to own all this stuff. The juxtaposition was striking. My possessions piled up in the driveway my son in the backyard my day slipping away I immediately recognized something needed to change. My belongings were not adding value to my life. Instead, they were subtracting from it.

We began donating, recycling, and removing as many of our possessions as possible. We embarked on a minimalist journey to own less stuff. As a result, we discovered more money, more time, more energy, more freedom, less stress, and more opportunity to pursue our greatest passions: faith, family, friends.

And we decided to write about it.

At first, Becoming Minimalist served as an online journal for our decluttering progress.But it quickly became a place to encourageothers, the word becoming representing an open invitation to all. It does not boldly require anyone to be minimalist overnight nor does it specifically define the word for you. Instead, it encourages you to consider the journey and the far-reaching benefits that come from owning less. This is a blog dedicated to rational minimalism and discovering what that uniquely means for each of us. And the more who are introduced to this life-changing message, the better! Because were all just trying to make the most of this journey called life.

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