This past weekend, I got to enjoy some beautiful days with my mom who came to visit me spontaneously. I took this as an opportunity to explore this past week’s prompt of On the Side for the photo challenge I’m partaking in. When my mom and I are together, we love to just explore. Whether that be hiking or entertainment, it’s really nice to be able to take time to relish things that bring us joy; on the side.
I am growing up in a strange era (yes, I’m a grown woman, but I don’t think I’ll ever feel like I’ve officially grown up). The world seems to be consistently moving faster and faster. It’s taken me a while to understand how to slow down. How to take a breath and take things in.
Part of getting myself to a point where I can say I live as a minimalist, I wrote a list of reasons why it would benefit my life. Every week I read through the list so that I can recall why slowing down and living minimally is the way I want to live.
Here are just a few of the reasons I wrote:
- So that I don’t have to live paycheck to paycheck
- So that I can spend time learning and growing myself
- So that I can see God’s larger plan and hear him
- To focus more on the valuable things in life (friends, family, relationships)
- So I can create more and consume less
- So I can know that what I’m doing to earn a living is supporting the goals, dreams, and things that bring value to my life.
- So I can go from working for a lifetime to enjoying a lifetime with a bit of work
As I captured different portions of my weekend with my mom, it was difficult to choose an image. I loved a lot of what I captured, and realized the things that I enjoy “on the side” should be what I enjoy as a focus: family and relationships. So, here’s to spending more time with people that I love.