The Minimalist Woman: Year One, and New Projects
How Much is That e-Book in the Window?
The Minimalist Woman blog is one year old today!
Life was certainly different a year ago. We had already done a lot of downsizing and decluttering, but I was still operating my cookery and writing about it. At one point I was juggling four different blogs. By the end of May I was sick, exhausted, and out of the cooking business. I decluttered even more, especially the kitchen, as part of dismantling the cookery, keeping the best stuff and getting rid of everything else. The process of scaling back two kitchens and simplifying our personal food prep led to the writing of my cooking ebook, which is still selling well to this day.
In the course of writing this blog, I’ve moved from small, tentative posts based on passing thoughts and feelings, to thinking about larger personal and cultural issues from a Minimalist perspective. The relationship between the stuff in a kitchen drawer and the stuff in a landfill is both simple and complex. There’s many layers of meaning as well in some of the things we have kept for many years, whether we wanted to keep them or not. If the Minimalist Path taught me nothing else, it is that the nature of possessing stuff is not simple.
The Minimalist Woman’s Guide to Having it All is planned for release at the end of this month. It is not just a decluttering and simplifying book, but a look at what makes us happy, what makes us shop, and looks a little deeper into the relationship between ourselves, our stuff, and the world around us. I really do think it is possible to “have it all” without being dependent upon external forces, and I’m breaking it down into a strategy that anyone can use.
Right now Steve is putting together photos for my book and is just about ready to officially release his own photography ebook next week. It’s been an interesting experience to have two writers hammering away at their projects at the same time in the same house! I’ve become accustomed to his wandering around with the camera and taking experimental shots from weird angles. I like that we’re both Minimalists, and have a shared point of view.
There are more ebooks planned for the months ahead, more blogging, more projects. Life itself may inspire something not yet thought of. I find it useful to keep a bit of flexibility about the process. For instance, I was supposed to be working on another cooking ebook, but set it aside when the idea for the book I’m working on now came up. After this one is done, I’m planning a collection of baking recipes that I used in my cookery. And then after that I may go back to the originally scheduled ebook.
When I think about the relative balance between the life I actually live and the way I work, and then compare it to the way things were a year ago, it just amazes me. I’m even more amazed when I compare things to ten or twenty years ago. Life really is a process, and so is minimalism.