Give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread - Proverbs 30:8

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Feeling Like A Fraud

When it comes to living simply, I feel like a fraud lately. I deeply desire to live as simply as possible, to even call myself an aspiring minimalist. Yet when I look around my home and at my life, I feel like a fraud.

I know it's a journey and I'm still at the beginning of it. I know I've already come a long way. I know that this is a personal journey ~ one I feel God calling me to.

But right now I feel like I'm going uphill. Everywhere I turn there is stuff. Stuff that needs to be put away. Stuff that needs to be organized. Stuff that is keeping me from doing what I want to do.

I don't need pats on the back letting me know that I need to keep going. I have discipline. I have the will to get there. Sometimes it just helps to admit my weakness.

So right now I feel like a fraud. If you walked through my front door you would likely think that my home is organized and uncluttered. But if you spent a day with me, you would see how much time I spend keeping it / getting it that way. Time I would rather spend doing things that really matter.

Big sigh.


  1. At my Weight Watchers meeting today the leader asked us to list what we need to pack for the holiday weekend. I said, "self forgiveness," and got applauded. Sounds like you made need some of that, too.

    1. spot on, Linda. Thank you for that.

  2. I know the feeling.

    Just remember:

    1. Baby Steps
    2. Celebrate small victories

  3. Hi Jill, You need to get this book! (I know, the reading pile grows ...) This is a "quick read." Here's part of review that came out just today from LJ Earnest at

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  4. Hi there _ I just discovered your blog and love it!

    I think most minimalists feel like a fraud sometimes. I have gotten rid of a LOT of stuff, but my friend came over and I could tell she was judging me because one room was a mess. It actually was stuff that I was sorting to give away but I don't think she believed me. :-) Minimalism is definitely an ongoing process, but I look at where I was 2 years ago and I have let go of so much. I think your perspective shifts over time, so you always think you can get rid of more, but that's probably a good thing. I also think that blogging about minimalism holds you to a higher standard where you feel you need to be a role model to aspiring minimalists, and that's not a bad thing either. Keeps me from backsliding into consumerism.

    Looking forward to reading more of your blog!


    1. Thanks for the encouragement, Sheri. What you've said really hits home about how I've been feeling.