It all started with a suitcase…

This is a blog about simple living.  Or rather, it’s about the Journey to Simple living.  A simple lifestyle comes naturally to some people.  If you are one of these people, this blog is not of you (just kidding, this blog is for everyone).  For many of us, myself included, simplicity takes intentionality.    For me, the Journey to Simple started with a suitcase…

Two years ago I was traveling to friend’s wedding in Ohio.  I took a flight to Toronto, and then caught a connecting flight to Columbus, Ohio.  I landed in Toronto and headed for the baggage claim area next to US customs.  I waited…and waited…..and waited.  I was there for two hours and my bag did not show up.  I was going to miss my flight if I waited any longer, so I went through customs and took the flight to Ohio.

Now, I consider traveling by plane a privilege and I realize that mistakes will happen every now and again.  But as I sat there on my flight to Ohio, I could not help but make a mental list of every item that I had packed in my now misplaced bag.  I had a new dress for the wedding, an outfit for the rehearsal dinner, a hair straightener, additional clothing, etc…  I added it all up in my head and realized that I had over $1000 worth of items in my small bag.  The worst part is that it was a carry on size bag.  I could have brought it on the plane.  I didn’t bring it on the plane because I never want to be the person struggling to shove my roller bag into the overhead compartment.  At 4’11”, I can barely reach the overhead compartment as it is.

In the end, I bought some great new clothes and my bag arrived back in my home town the following week. Even though it all worked out, I couldn’t help but dwell on the sense of anxiety that I felt when I thought that my bag may never be found.  It all seemed so senseless.  Why had I checked a bag at all?  I was only going away for four days.  I retuned from that trip vowing to never check a piece of luggage again.  I had a strange new commitment to travel light wherever I went.  Little did I know, this would spark a new journey to simplify every aspect of my life.

Many things have changed since this trip, but my interest and commitment to simplify every aspect of my life is still going strong.  I hope to use this blog to share some of the lessons that I have learned so far and the efforts that are to come as I continue on my Journey to Simple.  I hope that you find it helpful as you start or continue your own Journey to Simple.

Don’t forget to leave a comment about how your Journey to Simple for started!

7 comments on “It all started with a suitcase…
  1. Beth says:

    Way to go! Simple = a life of relief!

  2. Arianne says:

    Cons, as you know I’m not overly attached to stuff since I have moved so many times. Each time I move, I purge. I have learned though that I tend to hold on to paperwork, A LOT of it, for way too long. I recently went through all of it, including my filing cabinet. It’s sad how much joy I get out of a perfectly organized filing cabinet!

  3. thelorax says:

    How do you now deal with getting your bag in the overhead bin? Getting it back down again is even riskier…

  4. Jennifer says:

    Less is definitely more – it helps you to concentrate on people rather than things. Congratulations on your blog and your journey.

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