Living With Less

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I love a good organizing book.  I love to look at organizing magazines with pictures of pristine walls and all items in a place. What makes those pictures really so appealing is the fact that all clutter is removed.  If you’re a fan of Marie Kondo’s Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up you know that the magic is in the amount of items you should get rid of if it doesn’t “spark joy.”  Living with less is something I strive toward too.  I’ve lost neighbors to the pursuit of bigger houses when 1200 square feet just isn’t enough.  It’s enough but not enough when your pursuits are buying more and more.  To what end?

I once had to help my husband clean out a relative’s old house.  We had to rent the largest dumper available and spend two days throwing away items of this near hoarder house.  I just felt sad thinking about all the time and resources that went into this accumulation of stuff only to end in a 48 hour trash-a-thon.  What else could have been done with that money and time?

My kids have seen the world, and every summer and spring break we will see more of it.  We won’t see the inside of malls, drive the newest cars, or have closets and closets of clothes with tags hanging on them.  The kids don’t have smart phones and for now, will have to see the world in person rather than on a Youtube video.

The older I get the more I truly understand what’s important.  The memories are not in the stuff or the souvenirs.  They are with us.

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” {Saint Augustine}

One of My Favorite Podcasts

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If you need something to get you through your long run this weekend, download the podcast Marathon Training Academy.  Trevor and Angie are a husband and wife team that are funny and authentic.  I like the juxtaposition of their personalities and their practical advice for people that are not running ultras yet.  Angie, as a Marathon Maniac, gives great race reports and has even inspired me to sign up for a few of those more obscure races.  Check them out.