I began blogging because I wanted to share what I had learnt about how simplifying my life had completely turned my life around. By embracing Minimalism and the philosophy of simple living and applying it to every aspect of my life I became a much better Mum. I was able to enjoy life more and really embrace motherhood, rather than just struggling to get through each day until the kids were in bed. I wanted to share my passion for a simple life and help other overwhelmed, struggling Mums or just Mums in general, find ways of making things easier, simpler and more enjoyable. Now my blog has become part of me, I regularly get asked about it, so I wrote this post to help friends, family and anyone else who’s interested – 6 reasons why I started blogging.
My passion for minimalism!
I’m totally passionate about the minimalist way of thinking and that ‘less is more’. By pretty much getting rid of everything that didn’t bring happiness into my life and being intentional about what I let back in, I was able to simplify every aspect of my life including…
- My time and how I spent it
- I decluttered my home, removed the stuff I didn’t want and made it easier to look after and keep clean
- Developing routines to make sure my home runs like a well-oiled machine even on those busy, crazy days
- I simplified my family’s finances and managed our money better
- Decluttered the toys and watch my children use their imaginations to play together for ages rather than arguing or losing interest after a few minutes
- Carve out time to look after myself, learn new skills and develop new interests
- Find a better work-life balance
- Create more time, space and freedom generally so we can have more fun as a family
- Spend more time doing things we WANT to do, rather than what we HAVE to do
It totally changed my outlook on life, myself as a person, and as a Mum and it’s totally transformed how I parent my kids.
I’m more relaxed, more engaged and present and we have less stress, more space, time and freedom to do what we want. As a result, it’s created new opportunities and opened our eyes and hearts to new adventures and things to try.
Check out some of my blog posts
In case you haven’t yet come across much of my blog, then check out these links to get a snapshot of what I’m about and what I write on…
- Why Mums need Minimalism
- About the Mummy behind A Mum in Progress
- Unexpected and life-changing benefits of Minimalism
- 8 ways to simplify your life
- 20 ways to declutter your home
- How to simplify your calendar and be more intentional with your time
- Why developing routines can help make life simpler and your home easier to manage
- Why Mums shouldn’t feel selfish for looking after themselves
- How to set goals and keep them
6 reasons why I started blogging
- To explain Minimalism to friends and family – When I originally started telling people I’d found Minimalism and it had changed my life, I think most of them thought I’d lost my mind, joined some weird cult, or had gone to the extreme and thrown everything out so my family were struggling to survive with little furniture and just the bare necessities of life. It took me a while to explain that Minimalism takes many forms and Minimalism in my family just meant getting rid of the excess clutter in your life that you didn’t like or need anyway and filling the gaps instead with things like more free time, more fun and more freedom. I’ve got a whole site about Minimalism and how simplifying your life can change everything for you and yet, I’m still only the scratching the surface. So, trying to explain in a nutshell to family and friends why mums need Minimalism was near impossible. Now I just tell them to check out A Mum in Progress!
- To help others – For many years I worked hands-on in a job helping others and I really missed that type of role when I switched jobs to help my husband run his own business. For a while, I felt like I wasn’t contributing to society as much as I could or making much of a difference to people, but that changed when I started my blog. I realised that there was a whole world of other Mums out there who I could really help and who could benefit from reading, learning and trying what I wrote. And I can do this whilst helping my husband at work and looking after my kids. So now, because of my website and blog, I’m helping other Mums find balance through simplicity.
- I’ve got something to say – When you feel passionate about something, you want to yell it from the rooftops (in a metaphorical kind of way) and try to make people stop and think. If it’s worked for her then maybe it would work for me? When I started blogging, it gave me a way of getting my message across. The more my website and blog grows, the more I realise I’ve got something to say – something that can really change and make your life simpler and better, like it did mine.
- Do something for myself – Living more intentionally forces you to look at your life in a new way and sometimes you’re faced with some difficult choices and realities. For me, one of these realisations was that I’m a better Mum when I have a little bit of time and space for myself each day. Some people might say that being a Mum is about giving up your life entirely for the sake of your babies, that it’s just a Mum’s lot to never have any free time or money (or anything) to take care of themselves, and that I’m just selfish for even contemplating a bit of self-care. I just don’t agree, and I think with a bit of planning, it’s perfectly possible to do both and not at the expense of each other. You can be there for your kids and your family 100% and still have some time to do something for yourself. You just need to prioritise and find a way of doing it. I know I’m a much better Mum when I’ve had time to recharge my batteries. For example, I’m less stressed and more calm, engaged and ready to embrace whatever the day throws at me when I’ve had some me-time first thing in the morning before anyone else is awake. Writing my blog is a way of doing something for myself.
- To document my journey – One of the interesting things about writing a blog is that it changes shape, evolves and develops as you and your story changes. Although I was already a Minimalist and had simplified pretty much everything in my life that I could before I began blogging, I soon realised that the mental and physical space Minimalism had created gave me time, energy and encouragement to try new things and explore new opportunities for growth and learning. As a result, when I started my blog, I called it A Mum in Progress as I was a work in progress. I wasn’t the finished product and still had loads to learn, explore, do, take in, act upon. I was a work in progress and therefore a ‘Mum in Progress’ and writing my blog was a great way for me to document my journey.
- Be more intentional with how I spend my time – One of the biggest benefits of applying Minimalism to my busy Mum-life was when I simplified my calendar. I started to say no to any commitments or appointments that didn’t feel right or add value to my family or I, and I became more intentional about what I said yes to. It’s the same for my blog and website. Whilst some Mums choose to spend their precious me-time watching their favourite films, or baking, or kick-boxing, reading a book, or getting their nails done, I choose to work on my site and my blog. How you spend your time is entirely up to, no-one else can judge or pass comment as long you’re doing something that’s important and meaningful to you. It also depends on how you’re feeling and some days there’s nothing I love (or need) more than to watch mindless TV and eat loads of crisps and that’s perfectly ok! But generally, when I get some free time (or I’ve carved it out of my busy day) I generally work on my site. Writing a blog is something I do for myself and I’m intentional about how and why I spend my time doing it because I’m proud of it and it makes a difference to me and, I hope, others.
If you’ve got any comments or feedback, I’d love to hear from you. Please either drop a comment below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.