Fresh Focus on Intentional, Cozy Minimalism

We can all agree that time is a precious commodity. For parents who work full-time like my husband and me, it’s even more important. We both love our “day job,” our personal hobbies, our two sweet fur babies, and, especially, our sweet daughter & brand new son. We want to spend our time doing what matters most.


Our quest towards simplifying our lives didn’t start yesterday. We’ve gradually built up to a life filled with less distractions and more connections. Less uncertainty and more roots. Less meaningless possessions and more meaningful moments. The arrow always points to one thing: living a life with less “clutter” of all sorts. The true cost of ownership of every material possession, thought, and action, pushes us towards a minimalist lifestyle.

Our version of minimalism might look a bit different than yours. Do you have the “stereotypical” definition in your mind like I initially did? Plain white walls, few material possessions, and zero waste. This is a perfectly beautiful version of minimalism but is quite unattainable to most.  You may have even hopped aboard the Marie Kondo train. I loved it for awhile, but the whole “spark joy” process sorta made me crazy. I backed off a bit on MK and started reaching inward for my next steps.

In defining your OWN version of minimalism, it becomes achievable for anyone who wants to live with less to make room for more. As I put together my own version, I’ve found some wonderfully supportive inspiration in a few of my favorite books – new & old! Check them out below – I know I’ll be referencing them all in the coming months.

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Cozy Minimalist Home: More Style, Less Stuff by Myquillyn Smith

Lightly: How to Live a Simple, Serene, and Stress-Free Life by Francine Jay

A Simplified Life: Tactical Tools for Intentional Living by Emily Ley

Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy by Emily Ley

The Complete Book of Home Organization by Toni Hammersley, A Bowl Full of Lemons

Especially since becoming a mama, just a bit over 3 years ago, I realize I can’t go on filling my life with clutter (mental, digital & physical) and live the life I want to live. I’m excited to re-focus this space on the internet towards sharing ways in which we streamline day-to-day & big picture tasks, while managing full-time jobs, to make way for all the super fun adventures and top priorities in our life!

I’ll share our systems for home & work management, simplifying the day-to-day, and ways to improve effectiveness in many areas that make balance in life overall a real possibility (not to be confused with work-life balance — that does not exist!). I want to be clear that I’m not perfect and I do struggle daily. I find myself overwhelmed and full of frustration often, but every step forward is one step away from struggling so frequently.

If living a life more meaningful with less is important to you, then stick around for inspiration to simplify and make LIFE a priority. I’m super excited to share our experience and hear about yours, too!

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I’m so grateful you’re here and can’t wait to simplify this life alongside you.

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