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Thoughts on “Minimalism: Living a Meaningful Life” Chapter 5 9/3/2012

For the next 7 weeks, starting on Monday 8/6, I am going to read a book called “Minimalism: Live A Meaningful Life” by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. I am reading one chapter a week (as suggested) and see where I end up. I want to invite you to join me for the next 7 weeks if it sounds interesting to you. Post what jumps out at you, I would love to compare notes!

baby steps

Chapter 5 of Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life: Growth

****This weeks chapter gets me pumped! It gets me pumped because I have seen this chapter come to life in my own life, I am seeing it come to life in the ladies I am coaching, and I am also challenged to continue to grow as well.

What do you think about the author’s definition of the meaning of life? “…the meaning of our lives is to grow as individuals and contribute to other people in meaningful ways.”

“If you’re not growing, you’re dying; and if you’re dying, then, by definition, you’re not living a meaningful life.”

It can be hard for us to see that we are “dying” in our 30’s, 40’s & 50’s, but I right out of college I worked at a Retirement Community and the above quote really came to life. I saw individual that were done growing, and they were literally dying. But I saw others who were determined to grow and impact other people and they “lived” until the day their body’s died. I have made the decision now that I am in my 40’s to never stop growing and to surround myself with others that are living and growing!

“Thus, we’ll be focusing on the most impactful changes in your life: the baby steps – because it’s the baby steps that generally allow you to take the giant leaps.”

Daily Incremental changes
“Most change happens gradually. Wherein you don’t take a one-time giant leap, but you make small, gradual changes in your life, which, over time, amount to massive changes in your life.”

“As you make these changes, your day-by-day life does change, but when you look back through life’s rearview mirror, everything is completely different.”

I just took a look in my rearview window just recently. I looked back one year and 5 months and was amazed at what I saw. In April of 2011 I started being Coached by Joy Wilson. At that time I was not having much “fun” in life, I had all but given up on dreaming of what I wanted in my future, and I said I would NEVER own a business. Through life experiences, new people I have met, and my intentionality through coaching I can say that all of those things have changed for the better! John and I are spending time with fun people, finding things that we enjoy doing (me and a group of ladies are starting a belly dancing class this week), dreaming of what could be down the road and yes, we started our own business. And that is just the start! I am more confident, I am healthier, I am more disciplined, and we have a financial plan. And it’s all goes back to small steps I took for the last 17 months.