From Josh: <3
Minimalism: aesthetic vs. lifestyle.
While my husband and I have always loved clean lines & modern design, we've come to realize that minimalism doesn't just apply to a visual style, but to all parts of our life.
Our journey began as a personal challenge to move from a stuffed two bedroom apartment into a 600sq/ft studio. Through that process, we realized that the white noise of our clutter distracted us from the things that really mattered.
We decided to curate our lives to focus on our priorities and purpose.
Loving God and Loving People.
As we began emptying our second bedroom / office / junk room, we realized how much we hand and how little we used it.
We are the richest people in the world. If you make more than an annual income of $40,000, that places you in the richest 2.0% of the world's population. An income of $25,000/year puts you in the top 3%. Knowing this, I often think of the story in the Bible where a rich man asks Jesus what he can do to inherit eternal life. Jesus says:
Jesus tells the Rich Man; get rid of your stuff and follow me. And the man can’t. When Jesus asked him to sell his possessions, I believe He was checking the focus of the man’s heart. He knows human nature and our love for things. This man’s physical belongings and routine were his focus and a distraction from fully following Jesus. If we really are the richest people in the world, I think we are a lot like the Rich Man: focused on our earthly treasure.
We want our hearts to be heaven focused. To be people focused. Free from distraction, and full of Jesus.
So we decided to start cutting away at all our personal belongings and simplifying our life routines. All the shopping, all the huge closets of clothes, all the home knick-knacks, all the fancy kitchen tools, all the social media, all the Netflix.
The calling on our lives is far too great to be distracted by treasure here on earth.
We are not perfect. We are not totally clutter-free. But we have a much clearer picture of where our treasure lies, and that darn white noise is slowly becoming quieter and quieter.