First, apologies for my absence from Quill & Hammock. I am 15 weeks pregnant and the first trimester of this pregnancy was tough—I was tired and sick, and, by the end of the day, Mitch and I were just in survival mode: trying to feed ourselves and our toddler and make bedtime happen so we could collapse on the couch.
Thankfully, those symptoms are short lived for me. After one solid month, the sun came out and my only symptom right now is headaches. Mitch did a marvelous job of managing dinner every night, but now I am happy to be back in the kitchen and back to the blog. I did write a little privately during first tri, but it felt strange (on top of having no energy) to write around our big secret news. Silence on the blog made me feel a little guilty, especially since I went to a big rah-rah-rah blog conference in February. But, we were doing what we needed to do as a family, and I can’t pretend that’s not the most important thing to me.
The Premiere at The Texas Theatre
The other weekend we drove to Dallas to see the premiere of the Minimalism film. You can check out the trailer here.
The film was created by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, the writers of TheMinimalists.com. It follows Joshua and Ryan around on their book tour spreading the word about living more with less, and it features interviews with other well-known cheerleaders of the simple life. It focuses a lot on how consumption of goods has exploded exponentially in America since the ’90’s and how people never seem to reach the happiness that each purchase is intended to bring.
Sure, we could have waited until Fall when the film will be available to stream, but seeing these two guys in person and being in a room full of people interested in the same things as us sounded fun and interesting. And it was! The premiere was at the Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff. It’s small and filled with kitschy movie and event posters. The guys came out to introduce the film, then afterward they recorded a live version of their “Ask a Minimalist” podcast. People in the audience asked them questions ranging from the esoteric (“Why are people so discontent?” to the specific (“How do I get my family to stop buying my kids so much cheap crap?”). I think we could have met them and hugged them afterward, but I got super tired and we called it a night.
What I loved about the film was seeing so many people whose thoughts I’ve read (Joshua Becker, Leo Babauta, Cortney Carver, and The Minimalists) captured on film. It was cool to see how joyful Leo appears to be, and how goofy and relatable Millburn and Nicodemus are alone in the car and interacting with fans. It was also perfect timing to get a little refresher on some of this stuff. We are in the process of buying a house, and I am itching to do some painting and projects in it. I’m not sure yet how to go about applying minimalism to home renovation/interior design but seeing the film left me motivated and inspired to figure it out.
One thing I found disappointing was that the interviews with people just weren’t long enough. I think I could listen to each of them for hours. Jay Austen, a tiny home designer, was especially captivating. Luckily, six hours of bonus interview footage will be released soon to anyone who pre-orders the film online or anyone who attended a sold out premiere (that’s us! Thanks Dallas!)
If you’re interested in simplifying your life or reflecting on why it always seems like there is something else to buy, I recommend pre-ordering the Minimalism Film. It will be released to hundreds of theaters soon, too, and you can find out where here.
P.S. Guess where we went before going to the Minimalism Film? IKEA…