A Home Filled with Soul

A few years ago I bought a rather large house in the White Mountains of Arizona.  The house was at an elevation of over 7000 feet and had huge natural wooden beams in the vaulted ceiling and on the 27 step staircase to the loft.  The fireplace was built of natural stone.  It was a beautiful house with three bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms.  It was actually to large for myself, but I loved it.

Shortly after I moved into it, I discovered a tiny village near Show Low, Arizona.  I spotted a tiny house for sale and immediately fell in love with it.  It was rustic and had a lot of character.  Although the tiny village was not off grid, it was somewhat off grid, only a few miles from town.  I was disappointed because if I hadn’t purchased my large house, I would have purchased the tiny house and have experienced a new lifestyle.

Now I live in a small 1000 foot home.  The size feels large with the exception of having literally no storage space, something I neglected to notice when I purchased it, but because of its size, I know that I could downsize again and minimize what I have on an even smaller scale.

I think about how when we release what we do not need and minimize our collection of material goods, that we see and experience life in a new and different way.  What was once important, no longer is.  Our time is not spent on yard work, cleaning the house, or making home repairs, but is spent on what truly matters to us.

Large houses cost more money to repair, to heat, and to cool.  The more space we have, the more stuff we naturally accumulate.

It’s inspiring to watch others downsize and live tiny.  At a time when life is so precious and most of us are facing some kind of major life change or challenge, it leads me to reflect on what I have, what’s important, and what needs to go.

Tiny living?  I would love to experience it some day.  I don’t want to get lost in the clutter of life.  One or two frying pans, a few forks and spoons, what else do we need other than  a home filled with soul.

Tiny Mountain Living

Tiny living isn’t just a fad, it’s a total life change with less consumption, less materialism, and less waste.  On my quest to reduce the amount of stuff I own, even after downsizing several times, I still feel the heaviness of having too much.

Recognizing my past wastefulness of excessive shopping and collecting of material goods, a growing restlessness stirred within.  I had created a life that I did not intend to live anymore, and still found myself surrounded by mounds of stuff.  It left an emotional heaviness on my soul as I was striving to simplify my life and veer away from modern consumerism.

The other day as I was driving, I passed a tiny mountain home village in my area.  I was both excited and disappointed as I saw this cool tiny home for sale. If the house had been available when I first visited the area in July 2018, I would have purchased it, and could have lived a completely different lifestyle.

A life of materialism is an empty life.  No amount of stuff can fill an empty soul.

For anyone looking, this amazing tiny home is for sale in the White Mountains of Arizona. For the right person, tiny mountain living is waiting!

The New York Times Cat House

Purposeful Living in A Throw-Away Society

I was drinking a green tea latte in my local cafe last week when I noticed a man reading the New York Times at the next table.  We began chatting and he mentioned that he had just read an interesting article in the newspaper.  I asked if I could read it, so he handed me the paper and I took it home.

Later that evening I began reading The New York Times and noticed that there was another article on mental health in the paper that looked interesting, and after reading it, I became inspired me to write an article myself.  So the newspaper had now severed three purposes.

After completing and submitting my articles, I was about to recycle the newspaper and set it on the floor with my other bags of rubbish, when my cat quickly made a house out of it.  He played in the paper for several days, in fact, I still have the newspaper cat house.  I realized that there were numerous purposes that products can be used for other than their original or single purpose.  My instinct was to throw the paper away (actually recycle it) after I was done reading it, but then it inspired me to be creative, and then it became my cat’s toy.  I’m not sure, but I suspect The New York Times will probably fulfill another purpose before it leaves my home.

Next time you automatically throw something away for the landfill or to the recycling center, ask yourself, what else can this be used for?  There are probably a million reasons to keep it!

By the way, I am not encouraging hoarding here as that is another topic, but only promoting recycling and purposeful living.