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January 29, 2017

Prologue

Two years ago, Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up entered my home. I read it. Then, like many others, I began going through all of my things and getting rid of those that didn’t bring me joy. I donated bags of items filled with stuff that we had accumulated over the years.

For a while, that was that. I hadn’t sought out the book, and I wasn’t actively pursuing minimalism. But the values stuck with me, and I eventually came across blogs such as Courtney Carver’s Be More With Less and Joshua Becker’s Becoming Minimalist.

Then I started devouring YouTube channels such as Light by Coco, Lia’s Loft, and Jenny Mustard. Recommendations pointed me to Zero Waste Home and The Girl Gone Green, whose messages on zero waste living seemed a natural extension.

In her TED Talk Why I Live a Zero Waste Life, Lauren Singer (of Trash is for Tossers) said something that resonated with me: “I’m happier because for the first time in my life, I’m living in direct alignment with my values.”

Now here I am, starting a blog of my own. Own Less, Give More – those are my values, informed by all that I’ve read and my growing spirituality. I’m here to nurture these ideals and watch them grow.

I hope you enjoy taking this journey with me.

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