Let’s Get It Started!

Hello everyone, and welcome to my blog, Steps To Simple! I’m so excited to share the birth of this project with you, and I can only hope that it will be a blessing to you, as well as to me. It’s here in this space that I want to explore and discover with you just how beautiful life is, and how to enjoy more of it!

I reached a point in my life about a year ago where I was incredibly stressed out. My husband and I had recently had a baby girl and were in the process of trying to secure a mortgage on one income. Shortly afterwards, our only car was stolen. Do I need to mention that we did not have a lot of wiggle room financially? Even just thinking about this period of time is difficult for me. The emotional baggage that came up through this process was astounding, and I learned a lot about myself. Namely, that I needed to change my relationship with money, and with stuff. I kept thinking ‘There’s got to be another way! How did we get to this point? Why is this so hard? Everyone else is doing it, why shouldn’t we be able to?’. I felt more entitled to things that I didn’t have, than content and happy with the things that I did have. And the worst part was, this bled into all areas of my life; the way my home looked, what I had to offer to others, my relationships with others, the way I thought about myself, the stuff I owned, the car I drove, the money in my bank account, my constant striving to keep up with everyone else visibly… It was exhausting!

And that’s when I stumbled across rowdykittens.com and my thinking shifted dramatically. Was it possible? Could I become and live debt free? Could I figure out a way to sever this deep and unhealthy attachment to all this crap in my life? Could I simplify my life? Could I change for the better? Yes, yes, yes! I’ve discovered that I can be free, that it’s ok to live my life a little differently than my neighbour, that I can believe in myself and my capabilities, and most of all that I can chase after my dreams with an unencumbered heart.

And that is exactly why I want to share this journey with you! The author of the Book of Hebrews (see Hebrews 12:1) talks about throwing off everything that holds us back from living life with our eyes forward (note: not with your eyes on what your neighbour is doing). Let’s live our lives with hearts and dreams that are big and full and beautiful by throwing off and getting rid of all the crap that holds us back! Let’s reclaim our lives. Let’s take steps to simple, how ever small they may seem.

4 Responses to “Let’s Get It Started!

  • Cindy Desnoyers
    6 years ago

    Cassandra I think this is amazing and I am excited to share and learn with you!!!

    • Cassandra Vandenhaak
      6 years ago

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Cindy! Excited and nervous!

  • Dana Haas
    6 years ago

    Wonderful journal of your journey .. I look forward to following …

  • Justine
    6 years ago

    Hooray! I thought of you and your project333 yesterday as I cleaned my room…haven’t tackled the closet yet but I’m so gonna! Thanks for the inspiration. 🙂

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