On my path to simple, conscious living I found myself wanting to lighten the load I was carrying in all areas of my life. From the linen cupboard and wardrobe to the craft room and my handbag, slowly I've been make conscious decisions about the things that travel with us from place to place.
Three moves in two years has taught me a whole lot. It's taught me resilience, that I am not my belongings and it's taught me that home is not about the stuff that fills a space, but the love, the people, the intention and energy under that roof, wherever it is. Once I thought you needed lots of nice 'things' to make a home feel loved. Now I'm learning that with just a little creativity, the essentials, plants, animals and loved ones, any place can be home for us. So when the day comes for us to move on from the space, I know I can leave with a happy, peaceful heart, without the burden of packing up a bunch of things we don't really need.
This same philosophy has begun to transcend into to other parts of my life too. Now I find myself happiest when I travel as light as I can. You see once I carried bags full of stuff. Truly, you can even see them in old blog posts. I'm not even sure why I felt the need to fill my bag up, it was as if I was trying to prove something to myself, perhaps how busy I was, or felt I needed to be. I look back now and have to giggle, I just feel so silly.
Handbags really are fascinating though, they say a lot about a person's life. After we lost Cohen, I didn't leave the house for months, so the handbag I was using up until that day, just sat on my desk, like a time capsule of a previous life. Once we had moved and I was getting back into every day life, I just couldn't bring myself to even open that handbag and to be honest, still haven't really been through it. I decided the day we moved to Queensland, I decided I just had to start over. To travel light, without all the extra baggage I had weighing me down, physically and mentally.
So these days, I always carry a small bag, with the bare essentials. Even the nappy bag is as minimal as possible and you know what, it just makes me feel so much lighter. Not only am I not dragging around half the house, I know where things are, I have what we need and if it's not in there, then we do without. It might sound simple, but I'm just beginning to realise, how much of an impact it's having on my every day. Without that burden and excess on my shoulders, I'm finding myself more calm, more free and most importantly, more happy.
I look forward to applying this minimal philosophy when packing for our first holiday as a family over Christmas. I'll let you know how it goes!
What's your handbag philosophy? Do you find yourself wanting to travel light?
I'd love to hear your family travel tips too. What's essential? What can I leave at home?