I’m Laura. I’m passionate about simple living, making conscious choices, and finding joy in the moments that make up my days. Minimalism brought me to where I am. My passion for happiness and good, natural health choices keeps me on this path. My desire to live a Christ-centered life and set an example for my sweet, young son pushes me forward. I also value positive interactions, loving others, and living life as organically as possible. Just Being.
In the summer of 2010, I stumbled upon the minimalist movement and became hooked. It was perfect for me – a lifestyle with few possessions, little-to-no debt, and freedom. I had no clue there was a word for it since I’ve always been frugal and hated clutter. Since finding numerous blogs by wonderful writers, my husband and I purged our possessions, stopped buying unnecessary things, focused more on conscious living, and documented our progress with adopting the simple life I desired. My spirit has grown so much. I spent a year writing over at smashyourtelevision about our decluttering journey (the site no longer exists). At the end of 2011, I switched over to another site before making my final home here.
I no longer focus solely on simplifying. My current obsession is every day life, living, and joy: joyful moments in my life, joyful moments in your life, and creating a life where we can breathe. This is a never-ending journey of change, just like me. Just like you.
tiny house / rv / home.
Since 2011, my husband and I were planning to build a Tiny House. In 2013, we changed our plans and bought an RV instead! We moved into it full-time on June 1, 2014. In mid-July, we said our farewells to Chicago, IL and headed down to Kentucky for an opportunity we didn’t know much about. We planned to build a tiny house on land but things change…. and we now live in a small home of our own on five acres with our toddler and funny chickens named Ethel, Rose, Blanche, Sophia, and Stuart. We aim to work on paying off our debt and live a slow life: watching the sun rise and set daily, taking care of animals, being active in our community, loving, cherishing people, and serving God. We will just live. Simply.
a little more about what makes me me.
I was that kid that everyone picked on — the one with the big, thick glasses and the deaf accent. The smart geek that stayed in her room all day reading books and creating stories.. The volleyball-playing honor roll student. I never fit in as I hopped around from crowd to crowd, interest to interest, path to path. My days were a mixture of light and darkness as I stumbled about trying to figure out my place. You know the story of the Ugly Duckling? That’s me. At some point during college, I became this awesome Swan of a woman that has used my past experiences to become stronger and unafraid to be me. My early twenties were a time when I discovered music, motorcycles, and mortuary science. My mid-twenties brought me faith, awareness, love, and a greater appreciation for this beautiful earth. My thirties? That’s an adventure I’m now pursing. So many things grab my attention – the world is a fascinating place. I used to spend my days reading and writing, making small things with my hands for friends, exploring new places, talking too much to my cats, doing cartwheels and playing with hula hoops, trying to understand others and finally creating connections with people, learning about God, focusing on the little things that define our lives, and being in constant awe of this amazing world….. Lately? I’m living through the eyes of my little baby boy. Always, I am a lifelong learner.
My word/theme for 2018 is HYGGE.