I am pleased that something that I have blogged about has influenced another person. Jill wrote me recently to tell me her story:
Way back in my "high school days" I knew Denise. We were not good friends, she was two classes ahead of me in school and back then, two years made a big difference! Fast forward several decades and we reconnected via Facebook. Our hometown upbringing and other common interests drew us back together. Now we are friends!
Something that Denise mentioned a couple years ago on Facebook inspired me. She repeatedly posted Joshua Becker articles on becoming minimalist. I read them and thought I might want to try doing this. After my kids were grown and long ago out of the house, I still had not only "our" stuff, but "their" stuff too.
What was I keeping all this for? When was I ever going to use this again? Why do I keep moving it from house to house? Most importantly, was any of this "stuff" bringing me joy?
I came to the conclusion the stuff was actually doing just the opposite. It was a burden. I was so occupied with the clutter that it took time away from the ability to have free time for fun. The next thing I knew I made a decision. I was going to get rid of this crap!
It was quite the project. It did not happen overnight. Little by little, I would tackle one area, then the next. I actually really got into it! It was hard work, but it was fun! I felt more and more inspired. I read books, I followed several different methods and at the end of the journey I found myself in a place that I hadn't been in years...I was free. I was able to have time to do things without feeling guilty. I was in a place that felt right. Being organized made me able to enjoy experiences. I had time to live!
Recently I mentioned to Denise that we were planning a move to a smaller place next month. I told her how the minimalist journey had made this possible. She inspired me to begin this journey, and she had no idea of the impact she made on me changing my life!
Denise again, here: the rest of the story. Jill was part of my life at the pool. I had a crush on her older brother--haha! She swam well and was on the swim team and I didn't. I was more into the social scene. Jill's best friend was a military kid and moved across the country. When Jill went to visit her, she met the love of her life. So little Jill, homegrown, hometown daughter of a dentist, ended up across the country, where she has made her life and home. And, she's still with the same guy!
There was no reason for Jill and me to keep in touch until we became friends on Facebook, and I don't even remember how that happened! However, as it is many times, you find things you have in common and establish an entirely new level of relationship.