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Stuff, stuff, stuff- My new life simplified.

Stuff, stuff, stuff- My new life simplified.

Stuff, stuff, stuff- My new life simplified.

For the last seven years I had read about people who have given up on maintaining their homes especially the big homes they didn’t really need anymore. They decided to simplify and live more sustainably. Some sold their big homes and built smaller efficient ones. There were those who decided to embrace the downtown living and all that it offers. Others hit the road and began their new journey with a fifth wheel.

My husband and I have built and owned three homes. The last two were especially beautiful with one being across the Namekagon River. We know the joy of having your own home, but also about everything that is involved in keeping and maintaining that home. Throughout the years we have done quite a bit of downsizing. I had to tell friends and family to PLEASE do not buy us anymore stuff! The items they bought were nice, but it was just more of what we really didn’t need. It came to the point where we didn’t have a place to display everything. The items began to blend into each other as a compilation of stuff rather than as a showcase of unique, beautiful, and interesting pieces.

It took a few years, but I finally got through to everyone to not buy us anymore items. We told them if they insisted on giving something, give it to a charity in our name, donate to my own foundation, or get us something that is more along the lines of a consumable item such as a certificate to a movie, a restaurant, or specialty food basket. Of course you can never go wrong with chocolate.

Throughout the years (starting seven years ago) we continued to have garage sales, moving sales, donated items, threw out items, and gave some away. We have always prided ourselves in keeping things simple and not having a lot of stuff! However, it wasn’t until our last home that we realized even after all that we had done, we had a long way to go. We were not hoarders by any means and it was just the two of us. No children, no pets. When you have a bigger house you simply accumulate more stuff.

NO more! Bye-bye stuff! Never see you again! We decided the season of house owning and storing stuff had come to an end for us, at least for awhile. We put our house on the market and within the first week we had an interested buyer. He came, looked, and immediately put in an offer. While preparing for the move with packing and yet another moving sale, it had been both liberating and stressful with the realization that we still had so much more than what we needed or wanted. We moved into less than half the square footage we had currently been in and decided to do the downtown living. We rented a beautiful apartment on the river.

We came across this ad and couldn’t help, but smile. It said, “Live the American Dream. Stop renting, own your own home”. To each their own, but been there done that. We loved the new place we moved into and that we no longer had any maintenance to worry about. We decided that if we ever owned a home again, it would not be any more than 1000 square feet and 10 minutes tops for mowing the lawn.

This blog category-My New Life Simplified will be about how I down-sized and simplified my life. I will share simple prep recipes, products I love that are useful, and what I’ve learned from designing and building three of my own homes. I will share about our downtown living (first with an apartment and now a condo) and its many activities and the people we meet along the way. I will talk about the ways we have incorporated to live more sustainably.  It will be about the things I love and ideas I learned in my new simplified life and sharing them with you.

*We have since then bought a condo and we are in way less than the 1000 square feet I mentioned earlier. Subscribe to my blog to learn about what we have been up to! I am never going back….


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A Perfect Person

A Perfect Person

Never hurt anyone.  Doesn’t Cry.  Doesn’t fail.   Doesn’t Exist.

We all have some place where we fall short…..spiritual progress versus perfection.

Acknowledge, make amends if needed, learn, forgive yourself, move on……..GROW.

“Remember that fear always lurks behind perfectionism. Confronting your fears and allowing yourself the right to be human can, paradoxically, make you a far happier and more productive person”.  Dr. David M. Burns