Stop telling me it is “All in God’s Plan.”

When I started this essay Rebecca and I were accepting the fact that our first pregnancy may end in a miscarriage. By the time it was completed, we had received word that we were no longer pregnant with our first child. Two weeks prior, on a Friday, we were meeting with Rebecca’s doctor and were … Continue reading Stop telling me it is “All in God’s Plan.”

40 Days of Letting Go

Recommend that you start with Lent: More Than Fasting What:  Starting February 14th, 2018 I will be forgoing any purchase of material possessions (unless my underwear spontaneously combust), eating out, eating anything with added sugar, drinking alcohol and watching anything on a charged streaming service outside of a few educational documentaries and date night movies … Continue reading 40 Days of Letting Go

Breaking Rules

Temptations to break rules we set for ourselves are all around us. Regardless of what the rule might be, temptations come as spam in our emails, well curated advertisements in our social media feed and at the check-out line. I really enjoy well made clothing from companies I believe in, and yesterday I found myself … Continue reading Breaking Rules

Your joy is not dependent on happiness.

"Joy is the happiness that is not dependent on what happens." - David Steindl-Rast We seek happiness as if it is lost. We try to find it in our jobs, the things we buy, what we own, or even people. When we are not careful, our happiness becomes dependent on material objects or the presence of … Continue reading Your joy is not dependent on happiness.

When your partner is not a minimalist.

When I first began to simplify my life, I struggled with accepting that my wife was not interested. My approach was a bit narrow, and yet I expected the person I fell in love with to change based on decisions I was making. I grew frustrated when I had removed about 75 percent of things … Continue reading When your partner is not a minimalist.

Simplicity and Generosity

One blistering cold afternoon I was filling up my gas tank in my warm coat, shoes, gloves, socks and pants. As I was completing my transaction, a young man approached me and asked if I was in a hurry. Without hesitation I said yes, but asked them what they needed. “My girlfriend and I need … Continue reading Simplicity and Generosity