Community: Where to find your tribe

Community: where to find your tribe

Last night, along with 800 of our closest friends, Sparky and I sat in Sydney’s Footbridge Theatre and listened to the boys from The Minimalists. This was stop #97 on their 100-city Everything That Remains tour and the place was packed.

To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect. What kind of people would be there? (Every kind. Which is to say, the only kind.) What would the vibe be like? (Hopeful. Positive. Warm.) What would people be looking to get from the evening? (Validation. Ideas. Practical advice. Free hugs.) What would Joshua and Ryan be like? (Delightful. Engaging. Kind. Happy.)

For me, the biggest takeaway from the evening was an overwhelming sense of potential. Potential for change. Potential to build a community of like-minded people. Potential to see this idea of living with less take root and start to grow.

It’s undeniable that people want change. We are becoming aware that the things and status and stuff we’ve been chasing are not actually bringing us the happiness we were told they would. Sometimes, however, it can feel too counter-cultural, too conflicting to seem possible.

But then I enter a room like the Footbridge Theatre last night and I recognise that there’s not merely the potential for change – there is actual change happening.

Multiple people took the time to introduce themselves and tell me a little of their stories (so great to meet you Jo, Sarah and Megan! And Kerry, we didn’t get a chance to chat, but thank you for saying hello and I hope we get the opportunity to meet again soon.) and the thing that struck me most was how alike we all are. Sure, our circumstances were different, our families, our working lives, our catalysts, our starting points, but we are all changing and learning and shifting our priorities to that of less.

Less stuff, less stress, less anxiety, less debt, less guilt. And in that common desire for a slower, simpler way of life lies our biggest potential – community.

It’s easy to feel disheartened when you’re alone. It’s easy to feel insignificant. It’s easy to feel like whatever you do makes very little difference. But when we take the first step of acknowledging each other, we are no longer alone.

So I just wanted to take a moment to say hello. I’m not sure how you arrived at this site, but I’m incredibly glad you did. Because what it is you want – a slower, simpler life – is within reach.

If you want to find your own simple living tribe, I’ve pulled together some resources below:

Minimalist.org was established by Joshua and Ryan of The Minimalists. Here you can find a local simple living meetup group, or apply to establish your own. What better way to create a community of like-minded people than by sharing a coffee with them every month? Check it out here: http://www.minimalist.org/

A Simple Year is a 12-month course designed to help simplify life. Each month focuses on specific topics like simple travel, food, money, relationships and work and you will have the opportunity to connect with both the simplicity authors and a community of people on the same path. Early bird registrations close in 3 days, and you can find all the details here: http://simpleyear.co

Finally, I run a Facebook group you may be interested in joining. There are almost 3,500 of us and we share the ups and downs of our personal decluttering efforts, as well as ideas and encouragement. Plus it’s genuinely the nicest group of people I’ve ever had the privilege to get to know, and we’d love to meet you. (It’s a closed group, meaning you need to be manually approved, so bear with me if it takes a little while to pop you in. I may be sleeping at the time!) Find us and join the group here

 

15 Responses to Community: Where to find your tribe

  1. I remember how and when I found Slow Your Home, Brooke. It was September 6, 2012 and I clicked through on a link from Becoming Minimalist.

    I was a fan immediately. Mostly because your writing is so good, so authentic, and so useful. But also because Joshua Becker never steers me wrong.

    It’s just so cool to see how generous and impactful our extended simple living community has become. I was humbled when The Minimalists asked me to introduce them at their Minneapolis-St. Paul book tour stop in July … a standing room only affair of about 250 people. And to see them draw almost a thousand people in Sydney only four months later? Wow. Just wow.

    There isn’t *something* going on here. There are lots of *somethings* going on with simple living. So many people are talking about the topic and acting on its principles. Being intentional. Gratitude. Contentment. Work with purpose. Seeing abundance all around you.

    You’re a big part of this, my friend. I hope tons of people join your Facebook community because I’ve seen first-hand how supportive and resourceful it is. And I hope a SimpleREV gathering in Sydney happens again soon. Actually, Dan and I interviewed Peta Wilson this morning for our All Things SimpleREV podcast and she couldn’t have spoken more highly of you and the simple life if we gave her ten hours.

    Building and belonging to community. That’s what it’s all about. And that’s what I see growing more and more from all these fantastic sources around the world. As you wrote, we don’t have to wait for things to change. It’s already happening. We just need it to happen faster and deeper … and I see us picking up momentum everyday.

    • Joel, you are too kind. But you’re right – the community that is springing up around simplicity is such a positive tribe to be part of. I feel genuinely lucky to have met many of them. I’m also looking forward to hearing Peta’s interview for the podcast. She is a gem of a woman and I’m so glad I got to meet her through SimpleREV.

  2. Hi Brooke, I am a long time reader of your blog and if I had known you were there on Monday I would have introduced myself and said thanks – thanks for steering me onto a path with less stuff and more simplicity. I did the 2013 in 2013 challenge and it was liberating. I continue to declutter but we don’t count anymore, it is gratifying enough to see things we no longer use or need find new homes. It is a constant process with two small children (3.5 and 6 months) and we only have a two bedroom house in the inner west – people keep asking us when we will upgrade to a bigger place, but we love our little house and our local community is very diverse. Besides, I just yell people we don’t ned a bigger house, just less stuff! Your voice is very authentic , unlike some others preaching simplicity yet still promoting quite expensive material goods. Thanks again.

    • Thanks so much for your kind words, Kimberley! It would have been lovely to meet you too. It really is such a process isn’t it? And I think part of it is about learning to be who we are even in the face of the questions (When are you moving in to a bigger place? Why don’t you have more clothes? Don’t you think your kids are missing out by having less toys?)

      I’m actually thinking of holding some reader meetups in Sydney next year, if you’re interested in coming along. I’m not sure where or when yet, but I’ll definitely keep you posted on the blog. I’d love to get the chance to chat face to face with people on a similar path. :)

  3. Hi Brooke, thought I would cause a traffic jam if I stopped to chat but lovely to meet you, and to see so many people there. I wasn’t surprised that the first session was a full house but as I left the queue of people waiting to get in to the second session blew me away. The community of people simplifying their lives or interested in the idea is definitely growing :)

    • Hi Kerry I was blown away too! On my way there I was thinking I’d turn up to a handful of interested people let alone a packed first session and then a line snaking around the corner when I left. There is an undeniable groundswell.

    • You too, Kerry! Hopefully we get a chance to catch up again soon. It was a bit hectic in the changeover wasn’t it? I was also shocked by the sheer number of people there for the second session. I think Ryan said they had over 1400 people show up that night. It makes me happy to see so many people interested in living with less.

  4. Hi Brooke,
    I didn’t go last night but I’ve signed up for the 2015 Course! Super excited for some lengthy transformative work as now I know, that deep changing work takes time.
    Sara xx

  5. What an amazing post Brooke!! So resourceful but most of all encouraging and full with hope and warmth. It’s such a good reminder that we are not alone in the path to simple living but that we can choose to live in a community – with our tribe. I must say that since I have been living on the path to simplicity I do feel it’s a lonely place sometime even though I teach about the subject and interact with my students and other people following the same way of living. So it’s a great moral booster and reminder that we are not alone!!

    Thank you from my heart!

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