joshuabeckerquoteA member of my organizing support group on Facebook recently posted this quote from Joshua Becker:

We can never fully know how much of a burden our possessions have become until we begin to remove them.

I had the pleasure of meeting Joshua Becker this week. The founder of Becoming Minimalist, this is a guy who walks his talk, inspiring and encouraging others to find more life by owning fewer possessions.

Joshua’s book, Clutterfree with Kids, is currently the #1 parenting book on Amazon, and Simplify, another one of his books, made the Wall Street Journal’s best-selling nonfiction e-books list back in November. And he’s hard at work on another book that will be released later this year.

It’s always fun to meet a fellow author. It’s even more fun to meet a fellow minimalist. Thanks to people like Joshua who write and speak about the joys of living with less, millions of people are embracing the minimalist lifestyle.

Still though, I think when people hear the word “minimalist,” many think of “living without” when what it really means is “living with plenty.”

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know that my husband and I sold our home in July 2013, along with most of our belongings, to travel the country in our motor home. We took with us everything that was important to us and let go of the rest. And you know what? We haven’t missed a thing.

We didn’t set out to become minimalists. We simply made a choice to live with less so we could have more freedom. We traded an abundance of stuff for an abundance of experiences that have expanded our lives and brought us closer to each other and to our family and friends. We have everything we need, everything we want. And it’s more than enough.

How might your possessions be holding you back and keeping you from enjoying life more? If you made a conscious decision to live with less – just the stuff you really love and use, could you maybe have the freedom to work less – and have more time for the people and things that make you happy?