The Dutch Rush

They're Dutch and Life's a Rush

I know, that title.


So years ago, when I first fell into the simplicity/minimalist rabbit hole, I found this amazing blog. It was around 2011. I was just beginning to feel the weight of my possessions, and life was throwing some serious warning signs at me that it was time to lighten my load.

Enter Rachel Meeks from Small Notebook. Her writing was so gentle. She sweetly explained why we should have less, how to share our excess with others, how to make a wonderful home life for our families, even if we are renting an apartment, living abroad, traveling or having a baby.

She made such a compelling call for simplifying every corner of life.

I am a pretty sentimental person. Her posts on how to navigate that particular issue were such a help to me. I still use her paper simplification method, and it works amazingly well, no matter what size family you happen to have!

And then, in 2013, she stopped blogging. Every year or so, I would look for her, trying to find out what had happened. In her last post she had said that she was diagnosed with cancer, so I was expecting the worst…

Last spring I found this amazing tribute to a lovely wife and mother, who lived her life for others. It was truly a beautiful post. I wanted to write about it as soon as I found out, but life happened and it got pushed to the back of my mind.

As I was looking for her chocolate syrup post today, I remembered how much I love her writing. Her posts are short and sweet and give you something to think about. Each post can have up to 200 comments, and those people have left valuable things to say. This is a treasure trove of simplicity wisdom!

Knowing how Rachel lived her life for her family, I am all the more inspired by her writing. The way she chose to live out her last few years, focusing on the people who meant the most, is a wonderful path for us to follow.

I think I will always be grateful that I found out about Rachel Meeks and her blog. It has and continues to bring peace to my soul and my home. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

Jean-Francois Millet

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