Happy Birthday Less, please! (+ some big news!)

Happy Birthday Less, please! (+ some big news!)

A few weeks ago, we celebrated the first birthday of this blog! Working with Elaine and our other talented writers has been such a fun adventure, and I'm so thankful for all of you readers out there!

Birthdays are a natural time to reflect, and this special occasion got me thinking about Less, please! and how we could make it even better. So, after some brainstorming and a few iced vanilla lattes, we made a couple of big decisions.

Here’s what’s happening:

Less, please! is becoming a community blog! A team of women with unique voices and perspectives will be exploring the concept of "less, but better" in their everyday lives and sharing what they learn along the way. Our hope is that this will add more depth and variety to the blog, and that we'll be able to put up new content more often (we're shooting for twice a week). It makes me feel giddy to think about how much I love the way these women think and how fun it will be to collaborate with them!

Another change: we're working to step up our photography game (my grainy iPhone 5 pics aren’t cutting it) with the help of a group of wildly talented photographers who are donating their work to the blog (cue happy dance!).

To get to know members of the Less, please! dream team click here!

What it's all about

As I’ve been working on this Less, please! relaunch plan, I’ve been thinking about what the point of this blog really is. One funny phenomenon that happened after starting this blog, is I suddenly felt embarrassed for people who read the blog to see my house (or worse, the inside of our minivan) and discover I’m a fraud and not a minimalist at all! Or for people who bought Pace & Pattern to meet me in person and notice my skirt is inside-out (thank you Sharon for telling me), or generally see how chaotic my life really is.

Then I realized: this blog isn’t meant to be platform to make people believe I eat leaves out of mason jars for lunch every day. It’s not about white backgrounds and well-placed succulents. It's not about us having it all figured out. It’s about real people documenting the journey of learning to make proactive decisions about how we spend our time, money, and energy, in the messiness of real life. Wherever you are in this, my hope is that our stories would inspire you to take steps to find some liberation through limitation too.

Thanks for coming along for the ride!

Image by: Bethany Shaw

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