M is for Minimalism…and Mediterranean


In the last two years I’ve purged a lot of things from my life, and replaced them with…nothing.


In many ways, I lead a more spare existence than I used to and for me, that works better. There is less of a lot of things that did not jive with me and more of what does.

Unfortunately, I still have a lot of crap in our apartment I need to get rid of, and as I’ve learned, organizing it doesn’t really do much. It’s like pushing the papers around on your desk at work, or putting them in a pile – it doesn’t actually get rid of the paper.  You have to actually throw stuff out! Or give it away. Or do something with it.

I’m even more determined to do this now as when I was searching the interwebs on minimalism, I came across this little quote from The Minimalists:

“Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom.”

Freedom! It’s my word of the year, the one I chose to focus on instead of making resolutions…I needed this little reminder.

And on another note, “M” is also for Mediterranean. How does this tie together? Does it need to? For me yes, because I like themes. So here goes…The clutter that I spoke of a few months ago is still hanging around my waistline and it’s plain uncomfortable. I do not have the freedom to wear the things I have. I do not want to buy more things because that is not exactly minimalist  (although in all honesty and full disclosure, I’ve had to do that already…gah!) My solution? The Mediterranean diet… I eat like this somewhat already because I lived in Italy and I like to pretend I still do sometimes. 🙂 But I think I need to go full Med.

More on that later…I feel a Mediterranean food series coming on…


For more on the A to Z Challenge, please go HERE.

Stay tuned during the month of April to see what other subjects I want to explore…I’ll return to my senses on May 1. To see what I might usually post on a Wednesday, goHERE.



By Joy

I'm 42, a remarried mom of an 8 year old girl and a toddler son, a teacher, and a writer. People tell me I tend to be brutally honest and ...tell it like it is, so I had hoped to use this outlet to keep me sane while I got used to my new life as a stay-at-home Mom back when I was home with my daughter....it worked. And it's been therapeutic through the end of a marriage and the emergence of me...


  1. The Mediterranean would be a dream vacation for us. France. Italy. Greece. Maybe we’ll take a cruise there.

    Stephen Tremp
    A to Z Cohost
    M is for Movies

    1. I still need to go to Greece…but that is another post entirely…I did think of doing M for Mykonos LOL – thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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