Hi, I’m Christen.

I’m your typical Midwestern girl. My wardrobe consists of jeans, flannel, and leggings. I like to fish and spend weekends drinking beer by the lake.

I’m obsessed with Labradors and can care only for plastic houseplants.

This blog is the start of a journey. Within the next few months, I plan to rid my life of everything that provides no added value to my existence. I am told this is called “minimalism” or a “style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity,” according to Merriam-Webster.

You may ask: Why am I doing this? What do I hope to gain by having less? Will I not feel deprived or less if I have less?

And those are all excellent questions that we will have to answer together.

I have three goals on my journey:

  1. Be happier than I’ve ever been.
  2. Carry my entire wardrobe of clothing, jewelry, and accessories in less than 2 suitcases.
  3. Own zero furniture.
  4. Condense everything (I mean, everything).
  5. Live on a budget and save everything ($).

One of the dreams I have is to live wherever I want for short periods of time. Without the burden of owning a truckload, I can literally pack up and rent a furnished apartment in the Caribbean, in the Big Apple, in the mountains of Colorado, or the desert of Arizona. I could spend a month in Norway with my friends, or find a little space of my own in Scotland.

I’ve tried writing blogs philosophically and it just doesn’t work. Readers want to know about real life. They want to hear about the ups and the downs. They want to know your successes and your failures. After all, shouldn’t we embrace life together?

In the spirit of that question, I will be telling my story like it is. No embellishments, and maybe a few swear words.


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