As is my custom of late, I haven’t blogged in a while. Life always seems to get in the way, doesn’t it? But, life has gotten really good lately. I figured it’s about time to share some updates and get back to blogging.
My wife and I welcomed our firstborn son, Foster Hudson Albert, into the world on Friday November 20th weighing in at 7lbs 13oz. I now know that love at first sight is possible, for I never knew I could love a little human so quickly until I met him.
Obviously, we are getting accustomed to sleepless nights, frequent feedings, the piercing sounds of an infant crying, and more diapers than I can keep track of. I’m fortunate to have 5 weeks of combined paternity leave and vacation to help my wife as we care for Foster. She’s slow to recover after quite the marathon of a birth and some additional complications, but I’m thankful to be home with her. I love her more now than I ever thought I could. She’s a champion.
The other baby in my life is my upcoming book: Embracing Love: My Journey to Hugging a Man in His Underwear. After plenty of hiccups, the book is finally at the printers and I recently got to see the Kindle and E-book version of the book. It’s a project that has taken much longer than I anticipated, but am so eager to finally have the hard copies distributed. And luckily, this child won’t need as much care as Foster.
Finally, after binge watching every episode of Tiny House Nation, I have wandered down the rabbit trail of minimalism and am utterly convinced of living a minimalistic life. I’ve been drawn to the idea that the more stuff you own the more your stuff owns you; ridding yourself of excess can actually lead to a fuller life; and removing clutter, possessions, debt, and stuff allows you to live a life with value and purpose.
So, I’ve read just about every essay The Minimalists have written over at theminimalists.com as well as Joshua Becker’s work at becomingminimalist.com. I’ve downloaded 18 books on my Kindle on the topic of minimalism and have devoured every word. I’ve downsized my possessions, giving away almost all of my personal books, decluttered my entire apartment, removing as much excess as my wife will allows, and donated about 50% of my wardrobe.
As I continue to pursue minimalism more fully, I’m working to have a wardrobe of less than 100 items, digitizing my entire DVD collection, continually decluttering the excess possessions and knickknacks in my apartment, and have decided to only buy e-books after donating hundreds of books (which is my largest possession).
And I tell you what- it’s been marvelous, freeing, and quite frankly the way I’ve always wanted to live. I don’t need more stuff. I don’t need to be a compulsory consumer. Instead, I want a fuller life with less stuff. So far, I’m well on my way.