The First Post

Welcome to smplife! (pronounced “simple life”)

The first post is always the hardest.

I am Nathan and I created this website for several reasons. These two are the biggest and most important reasons. First and foremost I want to write to help others find simplicity and peace in their lives through living intentionally, simply, peacefully and practicing minimalism among other things. I am a strong advocate and practitioner of minimalism, although I always feel that I own too much and I can always do better. I am not perfect but I am always striving to overcome my weaknesses. This brings me to the second reason for this website – a personal journey to find, in my own life, the very things that I am writing about and master the art of minimalism and simplicity. I want to chronicle my own journey through my writing, challenges, practices, habits and self-discovery. I hope that I may accomplish these goals and that I might help someone to simplify some aspect of their lives.

This post is dedicated to all of the articles that will come after. I have been thinking about and planning to begin writing here for quite some time, but I procrastinated because of the fear of the first post. I wanted the first post to be perfect, polished and one of my best. I realized after some reflection on my feelings of fear and reasoning for procrastination that this post should probably be my worst one! I now know that the best post I’ll ever write is the next one. I should not expect immediate perfection from myself or anyone else. So, I give you the gift of my first post, possibly the worst post, but the first of many more to come. I hope that you will come back and find what you are looking for and something that will help in your own journey for simplicity, minimalism and peace.

A glimpse into the future:

In the next year (2015) I hope to start my 12 months of change challenge, which I will post more about soon. I also want to write a book about this challenge and provide my insights, failures, successes, tips and tricks. This will be the first book I have ever published. I also want to write here at least once a week. This is my new priority for my writing projects. I will be working part-time to support my family and attending the middle year of school to earn a BA in English, so forgive me if I am not perfect at first. This is all a work in progress! 🙂

1 Comment

  • Anonymous says:

    It is exciting that you are starting this so young. I am 51 and just now trying to integrate some of this philosophy into my daily life. I have never been too much of a materialist but I haven’t necessarily lived on my own terms, either. Congratulations to you for beginning.