It feels so strange writing this post.
It is 9:40 pm and as I write, all of Florida is preparing to go head-to-head with the most powerful Atlantic Ocean hurricane in history, Hurricane Irma.
You know the saying “calm before the storm?” Floridians know it all too well.
We sit. We wait. As the wind is blowing softly outside of our boarded up homes, knowing that this is just the beginning. While others, thousands of others, have left the state seeking refuge elsewhere.
Thankfully my family is protected, as much as we can be, in a “hurricane proof” home. Our windows are boarded. The yard is picked up. Our bags are packed and the pantry is full. Bath tubs filled with water, important documentation protected…
Even still, it’s hard to imagine what we will face tomorrow, as with each hour the storm grows nearer.
We have weathered many storms in our lifetime, but something about this one feels eerily different.
I am not writing this post to exploit this situation. In fact, I’d rather not post it at all, but my husband and I had a discussion earlier today that I felt was important to share with my audience.
You see, the purpose of this blog is to inspire others (and myself!) to live more intentionally, with a particular focus being on minimalism.
As my husband and I have prepped for this catastrophic hurricane, we feel thankful for our lifestyle.
You see, when you are faced with impending doom, sometimes it happens rapidly and other times you are given warning to prepare. Regardless of the quickness, it can often be overwhelming to decide what to protect and what to leave behind.
For us, there have been no questions.
Our minimalist lifestyle has allowed us to prepare our home quickly. We have very little possessions that would cause complications during a hurricane. Therefor, little time has been spent running around, scrambling to get things ready.
Our minimalist lifestyle has also made it crystal clear what we treasure . . . these things have been packed and are ready to go should we need to evacuate our home in a hurry.
I’m sharing this because so many people think of a minimalist lifestyle as being “cold” and “empty,” when in fact it is the opposite. Living a more intentional life not only makes our every day routine more efficient and enjoyable, it prepares us for tragedies that are completely out of our hands.
To everyone in Florida, please know we are right alongside you, praying for you, and making ourselves available to assist in recovery efforts.
And to everyone else, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we face a storm that will change so many lives for the worse.
Love you all, tara <3.