We Live How We Live


Live and let live
{via JustinMarantz}


Last week, I was thoroughly, entirely, heartily called out for being a “smug” minimalist. According to this person, I was a judgemental, condescending jerk. I was disdainful and presumptuous. I was a childless asshat.

Clearly the author of said rant got at least one part of her story wrong. I may be an asshat, but I am certainly not childless.

Which brings me to my point.

We live how we live. 

People will have opinions about how we live our lives. Some will have judgement. Some will think I am a terrible mother who withholds things from her kids. Some will think I am boring, drab or dull. And that is so fine.

For the first time in my life, that really is so fine.

Finding a way of life that feels so right for me and my family means I’m now able to say, “No worries. Your life your way. My life my way.” Now I can be faced with personal judgements and know that I am comfortable with my choices and those of my family. In fact, I’m pretty damn thrilled with them.

Obviously, I’m going to keep writing about simplicity, because I am passionate about it and it’s helping a lot of people in very real ways. And if you don’t want to know about it, that really is so fine.


A Sneak Peek into our Slow Home

Warm minimalist bedroom


I recently gave an interview and a mini-tour of our home over on The Minimalist Mom.

Rachel asked some fabulous questions, some which really terrified me. You can check out the entire post here.


Simplicity in Action: My Story

Over the weekend I was able to share a little of my story on Courtney Carver’s gorgeous blog, Be More With Less.

“Sometimes in the journey towards simplicity, time is the missing ingredient.

I discovered minimalism when I was at an incredibly dark point in my life. I was scared, angry and so unsure of my next step. Then I stumbled upon Zen Habits and discovered minimalism. And I clung to it like a life-preserver.

I instinctively knew that living with less stuff, less debt, less clutter and more presence, more joy, more mindfulness was right for me and my young family. I just knew.”

You can read the entire post here


Destination: Simple is Free Today!

Destination: Simple is Free Today!

If you haven’t yet bought your copy of my new book, ‘Destination: Simple’ then this is your lucky day. If you head over to Amazon right now, you can grab a copy for free!

(You don’t need a Kindle device in order to buy via Amazon. You can simply download one of the free Kindle Reader apps from here, and read the book on your smartphone, tablet or desktop.)

And if you have already bought a copy – as so many of you beautiful folk have – you’re also free to gift copies to your friends, family, colleagues or kids. Share the love and spread the message!

Brooke xx



11 Responses to We Live How We Live

  1. Thank you for sharing! It is so true. I’m a new reader and found my way here from Minimalist Mom. Keep up the good work!

  2. It is disappointing that someone felt it necessary to express themselves so negatively. Your attitude, however, is awesome :). I love this: “No worries. Your life your way. My life my way”

    PS: happy surprise to read on Minimalist Mom that you’re a mountains girl {me too! :)}

  3. Sorry you had a negative response. I read a quote yesterday, which I think sums things up nicely – ‘People who are unhappy with themselves can never be happy with you’. xx

  4. Oh my! Well, if it makes you feel any better, I was once told that because I have chosen not to have children I was nothing but a “narcissistic hedonist.” Or maybe it was a “hedonistic narcissist.” Well, at any rate… I think there are some people whose approval simply isn’t worth seeking.

  5. So glad you’re able to get the word out through some of my favorite blogs! The more I write about how we’re making a home, the more I realize that how we do home is how we do life. And, no, it won’t look the same for everyone. Wouldn’t the world be boring if it did?

    Keep up the great work–and thanks for sharing your book!

  6. Brooke, So glad that you are in that place where you have a proper perspective and are living your life the way your life was meant to be lived. Thanks for all of the inspiration!

  7. Brooke, it just means that you are now a big enough blogger to get trolled! ;-) Don’t worry about it. You write a minimalist blog, so of course you’re going to write about minimalism. People get snippy and defensive when they are feeling insecure about THEIR choices. They’re just projecting their own insecurities when they make those accusations of you.

    You’re absolutely right–you live the way you live. And you owe no apologies for that.

  8. Having a blog is interesting isn’t it? Especially if the blog is a place where you share your opinions and your life and they are not mainstream. You open a door to judgement from complete strangers that was closed before. But I believe so much good can come from purposeful, meaningful blogs that they are worth the risk. Keep up the good work!

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