My name is Ellen and I’m a wife, working mother, and former home owner.
Over the course of a year I began to realize how far I was living from what I said were my priorities and values. There were bad habits: spending too much money on restaurant meals and convenience foods, and then bemoaning my bad diet, which was compounded by a sedentary lifestyle because the only way to fit the gym in after eight hours in a cubicle is to get up early or stay up late and I had no energy (because of my sedentary lifestyle and bad diet). There was guilt: all that convenience packaging, not keeping up with my friends and family, mostly following the law but otherwise not being much of a citizen or good community member. And there was the feeling that my life was a lot of work and not a lot of fun.
As I looked around at what I might change, I saw a whole lot of stuff that was taking up space, time, money, and psychic energy. And the more I thought about getting rid of stuff—both tangible and intangible—the more convinced I became that doing so would help me right my life’s course.
I started this blog in July 2013 to keep myself accountable to my goals and to connect with others who are trying to live better lives with less. Here’s a little more about me and why I hope you’ll share your journey, too (You, and me).