Welcome to Unembellished

369Starting a blog has been on my mind for some time. I actually had one once, years ago, when blogging was the new, cool thing to do. It fell by the wayside however, when Facebook came on the scene, and it didn’t seem likely I would ever go back. But times change and so does Facebook. In the last year or so, I have felt the need to step out of the FB rat race. The reasons were many: frequent soapboxing, MLM marketing, fewer friends posting genuine updates on their lives, security concerns, the temptation to compare myself (or my kids) to what other people were doing, and dislike of the changes that FB was always making. My curiosity about where old friends had “ended up” was satisfied. I was not getting much out of FB anymore in spite of all the time it seemed to steal.

So I decided to move my online presence here where I can write in freedom and peace and only for those interested enough to come and read. I expect to post about a variety of things, but I want it all to be about simple, genuine living.

In this day of the Internet and digital media, we are bombarded with images and ideas for improving our lives. There are so many things to do, to make, to sign the kids up for. People feel the pressure, and as a result “simple living” has become a popular catchphrase. But what does it look like? What is simple eating? Simple scheduling? Simple parenting? Simple education?

As my own family grew, I found I needed to simplify just to maintain my sanity. I am not the ambitious, achiever type. But as I decluttered, simplified, and streamlined, I made an interesting discovery. The quality of our life was enhanced, not diminished! We had more time and better focus. We enjoyed each other more. We enjoyed our possessions more.  As I simplified our approach to school, I discovered that our learning actually increased. I began to realize that the best solutions in life are usually simple ones.

I am on a journey, and am learning along with everyone else. I hope, as I post, that others will interact and share their wisdom as well.  Welcome to my little journal that believes life can be both unembellished and beautiful.

5 Responses

  1. Priscilla
    Priscilla July 29, 2014 at 3:48 pm |

    I really appreciated what you wrote Heather! Just the other day my husband and I were discussing the topic of “simplifying” our lives, how to “stream line” more,etc.. It’ll be interesting to see what you’ve learned on this journey! I will be waiting to see what I can learn from you! 🙂

  2. Laura
    Laura July 29, 2014 at 5:26 pm |

    I look forward to your posts! Simplifying is something I’m JUST beginning and I can’t wait to see the results.

  3. Tiffany
    Tiffany July 29, 2014 at 10:18 pm |

    I look forward to following your blog and reading more!

    When I walk into your home it feels peaceful, and I imagine part of it is because of your efforts to simplify and focus on the truly important things. Really hoping the same for our home. I feel I have a ways to go on learning what “simple” needs to look like for me/us. Maybe I’ll get some good ideas from you!

  4. Jessica
    Jessica August 2, 2014 at 12:44 am |

    I love getting tips from you and look forward to learning lots and keeping up on your newest thoughts and musings

  5. Judie Glazener
    Judie Glazener April 12, 2015 at 1:36 pm |

    Hello, Wonderful article, I’ve bookmarked this page and have a feeling I’ll be returning to it regularly.

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