Courtney Carver is the author of Be More With Less blog where she writes how to live better by simplifying your life. Write on blog earned her two books and the opportunity to help many people who have difficulty organizing their lives and their businesses. She left her job to devote to this task and said very satisfied by the choice she made.
BZ: When you realize that you could live with less? Tell us about your experience.
Courtney (CC): Everytime I give something away and don't remember what it was, I realize that I can live with less than I have. My journey to simplify began in 2006 when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. That diagnosis invited me to take a hard look at how I was living my life. I started simplifying my life with my diet, then moved to debt and stuff and finally time and obligations.
BZ: Why you decided to put your experience in a blog?
CC: I decided to blog about my experiences in living with less to inspire and connect with others who wanted to do the same. I wanted to demonstrate that change is possible.
BZ: What your family or friends think about your blogger activity?
CC: My friends and family are very supportive and excited for the opportunities that blogging has introduced me to.
BZ:.How minimize our attachment to that things we accumulate in our whole life to let them go?
CC: This is such a great question. We spend our whole lives buying, gathering, collecting and storing things. We can only let them go with ease when we identify what is most important to us. For me, that is love and health. If something I own doesn't contribute to love or health, it's easy to say goodbye.
BZ: People think that they can´t live with less and accumulate a lot of stuff that they think they could need one day, one moment. This kind of attitude could be unsound?
CC: Often times, we compare our lives with our neighbors, or advertisements or society in general. We think we need more to keep up. I've found the opposite to be true. I used to think I needed lots of money to find freedom, but in reality owning less and needing less is the key to freedom.
BZ: Do you think that live with more than we need just complicate our life?
Live with enough is the key to live better? Yes! Recognizing what "enough" is eliminates the need for more, and along with it lots of complications. For me, the only way to figure out "enough", was to experiment by living with less than I thought I needed. What I thought would be a struggle turned into a blessing and a new way of life.
BZ: Buddha use to say that when we are looking for distractions we are not living. How people could live without distractions?CC: There are plenty of ways to eliminate distraction, but I think one of the most important things to do is to declare digital fasts, or digital sabbaticals. I try
and unplug for a certain amount of time every day and a longer period of time each week.
BZ: Could tell about the idea of the mini-missions and how it works?
I started mini-missions as a way for people to experience the immediate benefits of living with less. Sometimes it takes a while to really enjoy changes that you've made, but mini-missions give you a boost of confidence along the way. They are usually small actions that you can put into action immediately.
BZ: What you wrote in your blog became two books : Simple Ways to Be More with Less and Living In the Land of Enough. Writing became his main job or you have any more beyond this project?
BZ:Are there some other blogger that inspire you to write a blog?
CC: There are many bloggers that inspire me! Some write about simplicity too like Joshua Becker, Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, Leo Babauta, Tammy Strobel, Francine Jay and bloggers that write about other things I am interested like Ali Edwards, Kris Carr, Chris Guilibeau,Tyler Tervooren and Heidi Larsen. There are many more. What I love most about all of these bloggers is their integrity, transparency and willingness to take action.