Welcome to Born Again Minimalist, a blog by Caitlin Reed

Hello, it’s great to see you!  If you’ve been here before, you may notice I have rearranged the furniture a little bit and updated the blog’s layout.  It has been a year since I began my minimalist journey, sharing with my loyal readers all the while.  If you are a long-time reader, thank you for continuing to read my posts and be entertained by my excitement over the little things in life (and my dismay at Chipotle employees’ inability to keep the cheese out of the guac)!  If you are new here, welcome! Take a look around.  Sit back and relax while I tell you my story.

My minimalist life began after a divorce and a six month stint of living with my mom.  As I was re-packing all my things to move out, I realized I was hauling around a lot of stuff that I didn’t need and had somehow just accumulated and never felt the need to discard.  I purged.  Some of it was easy, some of it was difficult, but I got rid of about half my belongings within a week.  I’m still working toward my own version of minimalist nirvana, but I don’t know if we ever really get there.  Browse the archives for my earlier (and more dramatic) posts at the start of my journey.

What’s the blog about?

Initially, my plan was to write about minimalism, including first-hand stories and experiences as well as minimalist philosophy in response to famous quotes, current events, movies, books, and music.  As the blog continued, I have begun adding a lot of posts about natural living, food, wellness, and other topics.  They all align with my inner minimalist peace, but they may not appear minimalist on the surface.  Born Again Minimalist will have a healthy mix of minimalism and crunchy foodie posts.

If you’d like to read about a topic I haven’t covered, there’s a handy suggestion box to let me know!

I hope you follow me along my journey.

What’s up with the flowers?

My image of choice is a lotus, and not just because I think they’re pretty.  Buddhist philosophy sees the lotus as a symbol of fortune, purification, faith, and enlightenment.  The lotus grows and blooms in muddy water, much as I have grown and bubbled up to the murky surface of my life and begun to grow past it, to live a more enlightened life that focuses more on love and joy than material possessions.  The lotus is a symbol of rebirth — this could mean a change of ideology, a turning point in one’s life, literal reincarnation of the soul after death, or anything between.  The image of the lotus helps me to remember that I’m growing and changing all the time.

This is how seriously I take lotus flowers:


Yep. That’s a tattoo.

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