January Clarity

50.

This is the number of days that have passed since I woke up with a renewed sense of purpose. A realization that things needed to change. I felt an urgency to transform my quality of being. An almost animalistic desperation to find the happiness in my life that I have yearned for all these years.

Everywhere I looked, and everywhere I turned, I could see nothing but chaos and clutter. Mayhem and Mess. Things were strewn about our home. Our days were empty and exhaustive. Our lives were what I would define as, mere insanity.  We were doing the same things over and over again… and expecting a different result.

We asked ourselves the same question every day, “what are we going to do?” Neither my husband nor myself ever had an answer. We would stand silent, for what seemed like an eternity, staring at each other with vacant expressions on our faces. “I don’t know,” was always our answer.

We were what I would call a, “fly by the seat of our pants” family! There was never a plan, never a schedule, never a clue what we were going to do. It wasn’t working. Life wasn’t working. The maelstrom of war… a war going on at home. We were fighting amongst ourselves, and my husband and I weren’t the only casualties. We had unknowingly and unintentionally enlisted our two children into the same battle.

My 7-year-old son is Autistic, he has Asperger’s Syndrome and both he and chaos mix together like oil and water.  My 4-year-old daughter is not Autistic, but she no more needs chaos in her life than my son does. Children need a place they can call home. A place free of chaos, clutter, and calamity. They need clarity. We need clarity… and January gave us just that!

Fifty days ago we began a minimalistic journey, one that would lead us on a path to acquiring more by learning to live with less. Less chaos and disorganization, less time spent in front of electronics, and less junk-food and unplanned meals. Acquiring better health through less processed foods, and more healthy meals. Acquiring the answer to the age-old question, “Mom where are my shoes?” Acquiring more unforgettable moments spent together as a family…

and acquiring a life that is truly unimpeded!

6 thoughts on “January Clarity

  1. BEautiful post, Abby! I can totally relate to the chaos… I was living the “American Dream” with the huge house, 1.4 acres of land, an RV, and a big ‘ol pickup truck to tow it. After starting our blog, creating our brand, and building our business online, 10 months later it happened… I quit my 9-year career as a firefighter in Austin, TX, sold everything, and started traveling the world with my Adventure Partner, Erin, who had lived 1,555 miles away in Toronto. Now we travel full-time with our business online.

    Having less is more fulfilling. In the end, you don’t take any of that with you. While you are here, you can experience more cultures, more cuisines, and more time with the ones you love most. We look forward to following your journey!

    Cheers!
    – Brian

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  2. Thank you, Brian, for your wonderful reply! I love hearing about other people’s adventures, especially when they have such beautiful outcomes!

    “Every man can transform the world from one of monotony and drabness to one of excitement and adventure.”

    – Irving Wallace

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