The Year of Living Minimally ~ Week Thirty-eight

Oh, I didn’t get this posted on Friday morning! I thought I did. Sorry!

My husband’s birthday was this past Monday. He said he didn’t need anything, and I believed him. We have everything we need! So I bought him a bottle of Limoncello (it’s spring!). No longer do we feel the need to show our love for each other with purchases. We’d rather have time together, because time is the most precious commodity.

A couple of weeks ago, I met my friend Lori and bestowed upon her a few items from my ‘former life’ as a fraud investigator. The apex of my professional career was being a Certified Fraud Examiner, president of the local chapter, and Regent for the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. But now I write novels!

So I gave Lori a few ACFE padfolios, and this!

It used to hang on the wall of my office, and even though I had nothing to do with the investigation of Providence’s former mayor, I loved this poster. If you’re not local, you can read about him here.

Little by little, I’m finding it easier to not hold on to things. Things are not memories, or emotions. I know my journey will not end with the ‘Week Fifty-two’ post.

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9 thoughts on “The Year of Living Minimally ~ Week Thirty-eight

  1. We just did something similar. Our anniversary was last week. There wasn’t anything we needed. And we certainly didn’t need any more knickknacks to collect dust or get broken by the cats. And we do NOT need another ‘I love you’ mug to go on the shelf with the 20 others. My better half loves cashews. So I bought two bags of cashew and they bought dinner & had it delivered. We were both happy campers & nothing got added to our ‘stuff’.

  2. And I love my ACFE license plate frame! I’ll decide which pad folio to keep for myself, and the Buddy poster will proudly hang in my cubicle at work! Thank you my friend.

  3. I like the idea of giving away things from your “former life”. I’m still a couple of years away from retirement, but I am already wondering what to do with the “stuff” that has accumulated in my office over the past 30+ years. Some of the items were left with me by co-workers when they retired. Who wants my 30 years of service certificate, any takers? I guess I’ll be filling the recycle bins and dropping stuff off at the Salvation Army store on Smith St. Maybe I’ll start now?

  4. My best friend is a professional organizer. She does speaking events. Her last one was getting rid of stuff. She said the exact same thing about the stuff. If you don’t love it or use it, it’s just clutter and it’s time to get rid of it. It was like she gave me permission to throw it away…Y A Y so that’s what I’m in the process of doing now. It’s feels so good to get rid of all of the clutter…Happy Sunday ❤

      1. Good for you, I’m going to start soon…It’s still acting like winter here so I’m stuck inside (I hate the cold/snow/rain/wind) so it will be something I can get going with…I have plenty to get rid of or re-purpose. I have never done that and now that all the kids are gone (5 of them) I’ll have to separate their memory stuff and put out the word come and get it or it’s gone 🙂 Hey at least I’ll get to see them and give them a hug ❤

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