Who is Living Simply Free? My name is Lois, I am a 50-year-old mother of two boys, and grandmother of three. I have lived an interesting life up to this point. I was born with Muscular Dystrophy, (yes, think Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon), but have been very fortunate. I have also been a single mother, who struggled to raise my children on my own. I have home schooled my boys, and traveled extensively through the United States.
When my boys grew up and moved out on their own I found myself wondering what I really wanted from the rest of my life. While my children came first, as they should, when they were younger I knew I would enjoy the process of seeing them as adults living their own lives. Never one to worry about an empty nest, I embraced the new period I found myself living.
What I didn’t enjoy was the surroundings I lived in. I had acquired too much over the years raising a family. Things that just weren’t me. I had no idea at first how to move beyond this. What if my children needed to come back home? What if they wanted something they left? Then I began to look at what I owned personally, how much of it I simply walked around, dusted or sorted; but never used. This began a journey to find the authentic life I wanted to live now.
The second half of our lives is so completely different from the preceding years, our homes and the stuff that came from years of raising a family are no longer necessary for most of us once they move on. While many empty-nesters decided to chuck everything and live in an RV traveling the country, I had already traveled and wanted to stay put. I also value family connections and wanted to be close to see my children and grand children.
While I am entering the second half of my life, I welcome all, regardless of your age from joining me here, I find I learn something from everyone I meet, young and old. Your age doesn’t decide when you are ready to find your hearts desire and live the life you deserve.
I embraced what was in my heart; longing to do. I purged everything I hadn’t used lately or no longer needed and went on a search for a new lifestyle. I stumbled on the tiny house movement, but found it wasn’t possible at this point, that didn’t mean I wasn’t going to merge some of the philosophy in my search. Living Simply Free is where you can follow my journey simplifying my life and join me as I embrace living in a completely new way.
I love hearing from my readers, if you want to contact me directly you can email me at loisfield12 at yahoo dot com