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Mid August: Thoughts on becoming a Minimalist

Yellow Curry Spring Rolls. I made from scratch... Im learning to love cooking!

Yellow Curry Spring Rolls. I made from scratch… I’m learning to love cooking!

You know, I have a great and seemingly unattainable desire to live a simple life happily. The desire that seems to visit me throughout my life, through every stage of my life, is to live FREE; free from my need to anxiously please every single person; free from the need to own things that define my status; free from my need to constantly evaluate and analyze my current level of happiness. Happiness is so unattainable to me because I tend to focus on the end all, and not the experiences I go through to get there.

Truth be told, I am a wreck!

I’ve decided 1.5 months into my Happiness Project to become a minimalist. I’ve decided to unlearn what I think it is to be true of my life and to start being MORE CREATIVE! I’ve decided to change perspectives, reassign value to the truly valuable things, and just be. In the past 6 weeks I’ve learned a few things:

1. Cultivating relationships make me happy.

2. Letting go of negative relationships make me happy.

3. Sharing my life with only the few that I care about, and not the mass that is facebook, makes me happy.

4. Learning to cook makes me happy.

5. Music, art, and expression makes me happy.

6. Pursuing a closer relationship with GOD makes me happy.

7. Planning Travels make me happy.

I hope to slowly unclutter my life by first starting with my materialistic possessions, then by moving on to the emotional baggage I lug around, then to the unhealthy habits I hold on to, and finally, I will have reached my minimalist goal by letting go of my need to be praised by everyone.

The following pictures are a few of the things August has brought….

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July Musings…. Month #1…

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I deleted my FACEBOOK last month and It has been both extremely liberating and isolating. For one, I have SO MUCH MORE FREE TIME now that I don’t waste it looking through FB. Also, it has forced me to reconnect with family and friends in person. =)

On the other hand, I don’t get instant updates from you guys and I also don’t get to instantly share my life with you guys. I consider sharing to be a big part of the Joy of life. I’ve created this blog to fill in the FB void.

PLEASE TELL ME EVERYTHING THAT IS GOING ON IN YOUR LIFE AS WELL. Better yet, please contact me so that we can meet and catch up in person. Much love, Sharon.

This July Month I….

…WORKED A LOT. I WORKED 5-6 DAYS A WEEK!

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and GOT SOME THANK YOU CARDS FROM PATIENTS.  HERE IS ONE FROM ONE MY FAV PATIENTS….

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… MOVED OUT OF MY OLD PLACE ON JULY 1ST (Lots of trashy trash!)

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and INTO MY OWN PLACE. HERE IS MY NEW LIVING ROOM. I’M STILL WORKING ON IT.

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I also BOUGHT MY FIRST FRIDGE! I FEEL DOMESTICATED!

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I SPENT A LOT OF TIME RECONNECTING WITH FRIENDS….

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And spent a lot of time with FAMILY. HERE WE ARE AT LUCKY CHANCES AFTER GOING TO CHURCH…

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I also MADE MY FIRST CAKE POPS EVER! (Thank you Danica for the cakepop RECIPE)!

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Then I HELPED MY FRIEND TO CELEBRATE HER BRIDAL SHOWER! YAY VIVIAN!

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On a whim I ADOPTED A NEW PUPPY. SHE WAS BORN BLIND. HER NAME IS TROUBLE…. BECAUSE SHE IS TROUBLE.

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WANT PROOF? I BOUGHT HER A BED ONE DAY, AND CAME HOME FROM WORK THE NEXT DAY TO FIND THAT SHE LIKES CHEWING SOFT THINGS… TROUBLE.

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I also BONDED MUCH WITH MY PUPPIES…

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This is my July Cap. I did not take pictures of all the people I spent time with. I hope to get better at remembering to do so. I also hope to spend more time with you soon.

Now, ITS YOUR TURN. PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW YOU HAVE BEEN! TELL ME EVERYTHING!

-SHA, SHARON, SHAR.