About This Blog

My name is Melody and I started this blog back in 2012, when it was called The Minimalist Next Door. It’s now ten years later, and while I’m still very much a minimalist, so many things in my life have changed. I’ve been job-free and location-independent since 2019 and 2021, respectively, and recently decided to make the warm and welcoming state of Kentucky my home base. From here, I dream up adventures and work to make them happen, all the while enjoying the simple pleasures life has to offer.

The name Small Things Beautiful came to me one day while I was riding my bicycle in Big Lagoon State Park near Pensacola, FL. The sun was peeking over the dunes, a lazy gull was circling slowly overhead, a deer was making it’s way across the road looking for acorns, and the new friends I’d made just that very day were smiling brightly and waving to greet me as they drove past on their way to the beach. None of these things were extraordinary, but all were breathtakingly beautiful in their own way – and all were right there for me to enjoy in that one small space in time. The little things, the magic of ordinary moments, that’s what this blog is about. Small Things. Beautiful.


A Few Interesting Things About Me

  • I travel about in a converted Chevy G20 van named Van Geaux.
  • I LOVE to read!
  • I have been known to eat popcorn for dinner.
  • I have a not-so-secret addiction to TV dramas.
  • I haven’t had a full-time job since 2016.
  • I’m 99% vegetarian.
  • My favorite hangouts are parks and thrift stores.
  • I’m totally into hiking, kayaking, and letterboxing.
  • I knit (a bit) and play the ukulele (well, I’m learning).

13 thoughts on “About This Blog

  1. I’m so glad you found me and now I found you. And thank you for sharing my blog Two Walks Two Americas on your page. My husband and I have always lived a minimalist lifestyle. It’s why we get to travel so much. I also write about how we manage to do that on a shoestring. Keep in touch and I will too. ~ Sheila

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  2. Melody and Angie, what a wonderful life you are living!. Your adventures, both at home and abroad, fit the minimalist lifestyle perfectly. After years of living and working abroad, we’ve been on a similar quest to simplify our life … and can certainly relate to the changes you have made. 🙂 I’m so glad to have found you and look forward to digging in to your blog. All the best, Terri

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  3. Such a great name for a blog! Glad I stumbled over you; my girlfriend calls herself a minimalist, and is just finishing building a Tiny House so she can really ‘walk the talk’. Me? Not quite so much, plus I have a messy teenager to deal with. But I look forward to following along from here in Australia, cheers G : )

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  4. I really love your guy’s story. If you’d be interested I would love for you to write a guest post talking about why you’ve become minimalists. our new blog is was created for that very reason, to share personal stories of all the other minimalists we meet. You can check out our site and mission if your interested.
    I look forward to continue reading your blog
    C- Foley

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