Even as a youngster, waste bothered me. A beautiful old building with no one occupying it, a fancy restaurant meal only half eaten, a product’s package quadruple the size of the product itself. . . all wasteful. Clutter also bothered my young self. A room packed with stuffed animals meant that the specialness of each furry toy was diluted. As I grew older, I found joy in connecting with fewer items that held more meaning, and I liked the challenge of creating useful items from wasteful throwaways. So a couple of years ago when I came across a lifestyle movement called Minimalism, I hollered, “That’s ME!” It may have taken more than half a century to identify my niche, but now I’m on a journey that has opened my life to the most spiritually connected and joyful time yet.
I worked for years in youth sports. One day I looked at my group of young athletes and realized, I’m old enough to be their grandmother, and we all had a good laugh about that! Soon after, I wasn’t just “Coach P.” Sometimes I was “Granny P” and even (good naturedly) “The Old Lady.” I’m still waiting to be a REAL grandmother, but my sweet daughter and her super nice fiancé say it won’t be too awfully long now.
This Blog Is Not
So many fabulous websites and informative blogs address the needs of people our age. MinimalistGranny isn’t trying to duplicate those efforts. To be specific, this blog is not:
-This blog is not about cooking. Creative and health-conscious culinary blogs are everywhere on the Internet. You can find cooking information for whatever your taste and health needs.
-This blog is not about fashion. Beautiful websites addressing fashion for the older woman and more distinguished man abound. But unless you are a style devotee, most of us at this age have outgrown the trends of fashion. You know which clothes make you feel your best. Wear them. Let go of the rest.
-This blog is not a repository for investment advice. MinimalistGranny addresses budgeting for the rest of us who, at times, barely get by.
-This blog is not and never will be a shame-site. Minimalism for one person may mean going vegan and living out of a van. For another person it may mean identifying and eliminating redundant expenditures of a large household. I’m old enough to know better than to try to make you feel ashamed if your brand of minimalism is different than mine.
The MinimalistGranny Promises
I promise not to write long blog posts. Whether we are retired or still working, we are busy. Who has time to read a bunch of maximum posts on a minimalist’s blog? I will also keep blog entries simple without an overwhelming number of embedded links. And no annoying popup windows or auto-playing videos if I can help it! I will strive to keep the format of my posts as well as their content within my theme: the MinimalistGranny.
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