October 2


The #1 Thing Holding You Back from a Simpler Life

By TicoandTina

October 2, 2014

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I think most of us can identify with the desire for a simpler life.

Less laundry, less time spent cleaning, less standing in front of the closet trying to figure out what to wear, less rushing…

But at the same time that we want less, we grasp for more.

Somewhere along the line we bought into society’s way of thinking that excess = success. (inspired by Dave Bruno)

Excess does not equal success. ~Tico&Tina | 31 Days Exploring Minimalism | simple living

Someday when this and that line up. Someday when I have this or that. THEN.

We’re afraid.

If I don’t get this now, when will I get another chance?
If I give this up, if I get rid of that…
What if I need it someday?
What if having less means that I’m less?

What if…?

But what if having less gives you the chance to be more?

What if having less gives you the chance to BE more? ~Tico&Tina | 31 Days Exploring Minimalism | simple living

If what you drive defines you – you are your car.
If what you wear defines you – you are your clothes.
If where you live defines you – you are your house.

But you aren’t any of those things. So who are you, really? Who are you with nothing?

We strive and toil because we’re trying to be somebody, and we’re trying to be happy.

Even though everyone “knows” that stuff doesn’t make us happy, our human nature keeps us pursuing it. We can’t just know. We have to believe.

When we truly believe something, our actions line up naturally.

If you have trouble with your actions, get really honest with yourself about what you believe. But more often than not, knowing has to be put into action to affect a heart change

When we take steps to actually get rid of the excess in our lives, we begin to see that it really does make a difference. A weight we’d been carrying so long we didn’t even realize was there starts to lift, and a knowledge slowly becomes a belief.

When we pursue less instead of more, the important stuff rises to the surface and clarity ceases to be elusive.

We become more comfortable in our own skin.

Are you ready to be brave and
discover the more of less?

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About the author

We believe that you were made for greatness and that you don't need to wait for "someday" to start living it. We want to help you revitalize your "now" while also planning for a better "later". What needs to be streamlined in your life to make room for greatness? We keep it real here because let’s face it, we’re not all models and life is not a movie where everything wraps up into neat little packages in 90 minutes. Plus, laughing is one of our favorite activities.

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