When I first started reading about the lifestyle revolution that is minimalism, I happened upon Everett Bogue (or as he is more “fashionably” known now: Ev Bogue)’s blog Far Beyond the Stars. Don’t bother looking for it, because it is gone now. His story was inspiring: he flew New York to Portland, OR with only $3000 in the bank and a backpack. Here was my hero, my Yoda, my – oh-please-tell-me-how-to-do-this guy.
And his blog was educational, entertaining, and sometimes just a little crazy. But that made it fun. He is a very gifted writer and photographer.
Lately, he has evolved into a new Ev Bogue and his style seems to have changed as well. Or maybe I am just realizing it more. His latest writing is basically telling everyone why their blog sucks and his is awesome.
I do not really care if I ever have 10,000+ readers. I write to write; to get whatever is in my head “out there”. If only 5 people read this blog, I will feel that I have at least entertained and educated those 5 people for the lifespan of this blog. Do I think it will be published and read forever? Not in the slightest. I am not delusional.
But right now, I am focusing on taking my life back from the chains that have been tying it down. And yes, I have the 2 kids, live in the suburbs, and have 2 cars (all of which I hate! OK, maybe not the kids :)). I do not have the freedom at the moment to just do exactly as I please. But I am getting there. And the act of writing a weekly post helps focus my mind.
The goal is strip away all of the distractions in life to get back to what is important. And for me, that’s family. For you, maybe it’s your dog. Or traveling. Or biking from Alaska to Peru. Whatever it is, that’s your heart.
I choose to write. I choose to photograph. I choose to love. I choose to live. And while I may not have an A-list blog, I have a sweet blog that will talk about refocusing lives. And I will write it as long as I think even 1 person may be reading it.