Everything That Remains

ETR_3D_Retina-500x773I just started reading the Minimalist’s new book called, “Everything that Remains“. Of course I purchased the Kindle addition as you know I don’t like to collect hard copies of books anymore. I am just about 35% into reading it and the current rate of interest should finish it up very soon.

I have noticed a significant change in the quality of writing, not that it was bad in the past, but in their new book it seems to be more picturesque as words give way to pictures created by those same words.

Reading “Everything that Remains” is cause for me to start reflecting on my own journey and where I was just a few short years ago to where I am today.

I have ridded myself of the things that brought stress into my life like debt and the desire to buy something just to own it. I have learned that there are just a few things in my life that contribute to my joy and those things I already possess. I have relocated to an area where just simply living life each day is less stressful and a place where I am surrounded by the beauty of Nature. I learned to wake up each morning to look forward to the joy I find in the world around me rather than thinking about the troubles the day can bring.

Sometimes just reading a book can reignite a flame inside that I sometimes forget about. My thanks go out to the author Joshua Fields Millburn and his best friend Ryan Nicodemus for contributing for years now to helping me to discover a way of life that is like no other. A world of Minimalism.
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I walked the treadmill just 20 minutes this morning but feel positive just for the simple feeling that I did something towards getting back on track. It doesn’t take much to get involved in taking baby steps and the alternative is doing nothing at all. This simple walk with be habit soon and my body will slowly allow me to increase both time and intensity.

Blood Sugar- 106, Weight- 190.2

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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14 Responses to Everything That Remains

  1. Kim Smyth says:

    I applaud you for getting back on track, even when sidelined by things like getting a cold, I plan on doing the same. Naturally, as soon as I start a walking regimen, I got sick. I will get back to it soon though because we will be having beautiful weather this week. Happy Valentines Day too! πŸ™‚

  2. Would you recommend the book?

  3. kkeevins says:

    I’m a “dedicated diabetic,” but right at this time in my life, I’m also “dedicated” to getting rid of everything that I don’t absolutely LOVE. It appears that I don’t really love most of what I have. I’m preparing to downsize, so stuff’s gotta go!

    When you mentioned the purging of books, I smiled, because that seems to be the most difficult part for me. I used to say, “Bury me with my books!” (Like Jackie Kennedy) — how absurd! At the time, though, I was “dead” serious. Books are my favorite things, so I’m doing it — but REALLY slowly. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    –Kathy at diaryofadedicateddiabetic@wordpress.com

    • There are many ways of going about it. I like to take just one day out of the week to go through an area of the house. I like to put things in a box and keep it there for 30 days to see if I actually miss it. If so it goes back, but if not to goes to goodwill.

  4. You are right Bill, minimalism really does work. Not having “things” to worry about really is a godsend on some days. Having clean and clear spaces is also one of the best feelings to have when walking around the house….!

  5. Living In Denim says:

    I haven’t read any of their books as they are quite pricey compared to other ebooks but may have to see if I can find it cheaper.

    Books have been a constant important part of my life from childhood. I grew up wanting a house that had a room dedicated to just books and reading so it was quite a shock to all who knew me when I purged all my books and sold the bookcases. I’m still amazed that I like the feeling of having less books but still struggle to enjoy reading from a tablet versus holding an actual book in my hand.

    • I actually read on my phone. LOL. It is just one of the justifications of owning a cellphone. For some reason I have loved reading this way since I started doing it.

      • Living In Denim says:

        I experimented with reading on my phone first and hated it. Then last year I received a tablet as a gift and found I was okay with this format.

      • I would probably enjoy reading from a tablet much better. I used to have a kindle and loved it. I am stuck on having just one device right now other than my laptop.

  6. Lori Carlson says:

    I really enjoy reading about your minimalism journey, Bill. You are such an inspiration. I am still purging, little by little, and have very few possessions these days. Books are still a biggie for me, even though I have by far fewer now than at any time in my life. Good luck with getting back into the swing of your routine. If anyone can, I know you can πŸ™‚

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