4 Simple Living Lessons From Tiny House People

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I have a feeling that most of you have heard about tiny houses. Once a small, fringe community, the tiny house movement has gained a huge amount of interest in the social media and blogging worlds, and has even spawned TV shows and documentaries.

I’ve been a fan of the tiny house movement for years, and I’m not surprised to see how much interest has been generated over the ultra minimalist community. Actually living in a tiny house may be too extreme a version of simple living for most, but the movement has managed to strike a chord with people from all kinds of backgrounds and current housing situations.

Don’t think that the tiny house movement is simply about a race to the bottom in square footage. At its heart, it’s about people wholeheartedly embracing simple living and minimalism and freeing themselves from mortgages, debt, and the physical trappings of day to day life.

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Why Minimalism is Important – It’s Not Just About Your Closets!

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We’re big advocates of simple living here at Oak & Soul. For us the journey began with decluttering and unburdening ourselves of possessions. But like many people who start embracing minimalism, the search for simplicity led us far away from our closets and storage spaces.

Minimalism is about more than stuff. It’s about more than simple spaces and a tidy home. It’s learning to prioritize what’s important in your life. It’s deciding what adds value to your life. It’s making room for what lights you up and makes you happy, and ridding yourself of what doesn’t contribute to that.

Why is Minimalism Important?

Minimalism is more than an individual lifestyle choice. It’s become a social movement promoting sustainability, responsible consumerism and learning to see beyond the superficial.

Here are some of the important side effects of the wave of people embracing minimalism and simple living.

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8 Ways to Be a More Responsible Traveler (And Why it Matters)

Hello Fellow Travelers!

Has the term ‘responsible travel’ landed on your radar lately? Also known as ‘sustainable’ or ‘ethical’ travel, it’s a concept that’s becoming an important consideration for many travelers when planning their adventures.

I travel for the same reasons most people do; an interest in other people and cultures, a love of nature and wilderness and a deep desire to experience far off places. Like most travelers, I don’t want to cause any harm to the communities or ecosystems I travel through.

That’s the simple idea behind the responsible travel movement. It’s about recognizing that our travels have an impact. It’s about striving to minimize that impact by being mindful of our choices while on the road. 

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The #1 Way Minimalism Improved My Life

Minimalism is a funny thing. On the surface it seems like it’s about possessions, about the excess stuff. But anyone who’s started down the road to a more minimalist outlook soon realizes that it’s about so much more than material things.

// It teaches you a new way to define yourself that’s separate from what society tells us is important.

// It forces you to examine your life and your priorities in a new way.

// It teaches us to let go of the artificial / superficial definitions of personal value and success.

Most profoundly for me, minimalism has helped me get more comfortable in my own skin. I’m learning to stop defining myself by what I have, what I wear or what I earn. I’m learning to focus on deriving my value from within.

This change of perspective has made my life better, fuller and richer in so many ways.

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The Art of Letting Go

Last year was a year of transformation for me. It was a biggie. Uncomfortable. Challenging. Overwhelming.

It was the year that changed everything. The year I got grounded and comfortable in my skin.

Throughout my year of transformation, one of the most valuable acts of self care I learned to do was:

L  E  T     G  O…

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