May Inspirations // Less is Now

I love the month of May so much. Spring is in full swing, lilacs are blooming all around, and the universal spring cleaning tradition returns to the homes of many. 

 Heavenly smelling lilacs i pass by during morning runs.

Heavenly smelling lilacs i pass by during morning runs.

About a week ago I took myself on a little date and went to the Bing Crosby Theater because The Minimalists were speaking on their Less is Now tour. I was SO excited! I had been aimlessly scrolling through instagram the night before and saw their post saying they would be in Spokane the next day. Without hesitation, I immediately bought a ticket. The next day I enjoyed a great evening filled with new ideas and inspirations.

 Joshua and Ryan run theminimalists.com and produced a film called Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things. I've seen the film several times now, (it's available on Netflix) and yet, every time it is still good! I do feel like the film is predominately more about consumerism and materialism...overall it's pretty convicting. After you watch it you will probably be in the mood to declutter a few items and donate to your local Goodwill! 

Anyway, it was just great seeing people whom I admire and derive inspiration from, in person. Especially after seeing them originally on my TV, it all felt pretty cool. The show was great and felt very personal. These guys are honest, hilarious and inspiring. Below is the trailer to their documentary if you are curious :) 

Some favorite things Joshua & Ryan said at the show which really stuck out to me:

  • "Use things and love people. Because the opposite never works."
  • "If you can't afford it, you can't afford it."
  • "There is no such thing as good debt."

Pretty great huh? Very simple, yet powerful words.

Overall it was a great show. I loved learning new things and leaving with some applicable takeaways. I just really love the way these guys (Joshua + Ryan) go about it all. They aren't shoving anything down you're throat, but simply offering a different recipe to see if any ingredients resinate with you in order to help you discover what really adds value to your life. 

You know, I don't see myself ever becoming an "extreme" minimalist where things feel a bit cold, or I only have one pair of shoes and three shirts... however, I do see myself continuing to declutter + donate items, discover what really adds value and functionality to my home, and create a more simplified space + life. I believe the less clutter and distractions around you, then the opportunity for more gratitude and meaningful relationships will present itself. Psalm 107:8-9 says, "Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds to mankind. For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things". I just love this verse and the reminder about always being grateful. I think this is a great contrast to our naturally consumeristic society. Buying things and keeping up with the latest trends will never fill your heart with true contentment or love. Just like the quote above said, "Use things and love people, because the opposite never works". So stinkin' true. Remain grateful. That's what I'm currently working on... everyday man. 

I love this quote from David Thoreau. Seemed fitting after that evening and the rest of my May inspirations.

 image via pinterest

image via pinterest

interior lovin' | minimalist homes that make me drool

Just for fun, here is a cluster of beautiful images serving as my current inspirations for great minimalist home decor + designs. Basically a mash-up of what my dream home looks like. I love love love white walls, natural light, greenery, wood floors, and bohemian accents. A simple (and bright) home, is a happy home according to me hehe.  *Images below via Pinterest*

 Seriously?! my dream kitchen. 

Seriously?! my dream kitchen. 

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Aren't these different homes just gorgeous?! Love the idea of a floating shelf instead of a bedside table, so clever! What does your dream home look like? What is something that really adds value to your life lately?

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