An Exciting Announcement

Minimalism is about living consciously and with only the things that add value to your life.  It focuses less on material possessions and more on relationships and experiences.  As blogger and author Joshua Becker has wisely said, "Excess possessions do not increase happiness – they distract us from the things that do!"




How to find joy


As an aspiring minimalist, this doesn't mean you have to give up all of your belongings.  It does mean that you don't put much stock in the idea that what you own will fulfill you.


We all need food, clothing, shelter, education, medical care and other essentials.  We're alive, so we must consume.  But we're constantly bombarded by advertisers who want us to buy more than we need, because buying more is what keeps our culture humming along.  Unfortunately, buying more also keeps us in bondage to busyness, debt, dissatisfaction, waste, and environmental destruction.


But minimalists know that joy doesn't come from things.  We know that joy comes from love, purpose, creativity, and gratitude.





A practical philosophy


I hope you've enjoyed exploring the ABCs of Minimalism over the past two months, and that you've found the posts interesting and useful.


I'm very pleased to announce that I've published a book which contains all of them in one handy volume, plus additional material that I think enhances what I've posted here.  The book outlines a philosophy for living a good life, with tons of practical advice for achieving it.


It's called Minimalism A to Z, and it's available on Amazon as a paperback and an ebook. 





A note to readers


I unpublished the original version of Minimalism A to Z at the end of 2022, and have plans to revise and expand it.  Look for the new Minimalism A to Z in late 2023.


Meanwhile, the original blog posts, A to Z, are still in place.  Start here


I am constantly grateful for all of you.  I appreciate the fact that you take time to read what I've written, and I sincerely hope you find it helpful and encouraging.


With all best wishes,


Karen

January 2023

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