The Journey Begins

by Kelvin Belfon

The Journey Begins

I was born in the beautiful Caribbean island of Grenada. There life was simple. I didn’t have much or know how bad things were until I was older and more aware of the world around me. I had the necessities: food, clothing and shelter. For the most part, I was content.

After graduating from community college, I taught elementary school and loved the experience. Helping and empowering others brings me joy and a sense of fulfillment.

I immigrated to the US in 1997. Moving from an island of 110,000 people to a city of over 2 million in the greater Miami, Florida vicinity was no small thing. There were far more choices than I could reasonably process. Tasks like ordering from a restaurant menu, walking through a mall, or driving on a 6 lane highway were overwhelming. I felt lost at times; but for the most part things remained relatively simple.

Then things started to change.

I married a beautiful Jamaican girl, decided to work on another degree, bought my first home, and had two loving children. I’m very grateful for these life-changing events. However, there were also credit cards, mortgages, student loans, car notes, utility bills, and bad relationships.

Sometimes we lose focus. The chaos and complexity of life invades our space. Life is difficult but at times we make it harder on ourselves. And before we know it we find ourselves empty and unfulfilled.

I believe we can make life easier.

This is my quest: to simplify, de-clutter, and minimize in order to enjoy what matters most in life. I’m going uncomplicated! This new journey began earlier this year when my family and I relocated to Denver, Colorado. Unlike other moves, this one forced me to search deep within and reexamine my priorities.

My goals for this blog are to:

  • Focus on the things that matters most
  • Learn the art of simple living
  • Share my journey in hopes that it will help others
  • Connect with other like-minded individuals

The journey begins!

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image by: Gillian Claudia Johnson-Baptiste

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33 thoughts on “The Journey Begins

  1. dee says:

    I’m with you on the journey to simplify life (as impossible as it may sound). It’s worth the trip.

    • Kelvin Belfon says:

      Thank you Dee! I appreciate your support. Yes, I believe it’s worth the trip. Let’s kept encouraging each other on this journey.

  2. Kathryn says:

    Awesome idea! Glad to be able to read about your process. Right there with you! Looking forward to hearing more of what our Father is speaking to you so I can learn too!!

  3. Linvall Linny says:

    I am standing by your side.

  4. You took me on a journey to my island. I surely hope I can navigate with you back to an uncomplicated life—the beach, a hammock, food and people you love. That’s all we really need. Congrats on your journey. Standing with you.

    • Kelvin Belfon says:

      Gracias mi amigo Marcos! Your pep talk and book recommendation were a great source of encouragement. We all need each other on this journey. Thanks for sharing your blog as well.

  5. Tricia says:

    PK this is wonderful I know God is with you, blessings to you and family as you touch lives…I’m with you on this journey

  6. I like the way you’ve written your blog; a bit of history with the promise of more to come. Spelling out the goals is a great idea! Welcome, fellow blogger!! 🙂

  7. Gillian Claudia Johnson-Baptiste says:

    I really enjoyed reading your blog. It brought back pleasant memories of the great times spent at youth camp.I am currently in the late forties and more and more I am feeling the need for simplicity as well.This is the reason I love my island home so much.We are over run by technology too, and the ugliness that comes with it. However, it is still the custom to greet the people you meet and start a conversation or share a joke with a total stranger. I can still go for a walk in the moonlight and take a walk in the forest and feel safe.I am finding those simple activities to be most enjoyable and stress relieving. I am in total agreement with you that simple is most gratifying and rewarding to the human psyche.they provide a more awesome sense of Gods majesty too.

    • Kelvin Belfon says:

      Thank you Claudia! Reading your comment brought back even more memories. Sometimes it’s those simple things in life that brings the most joy. Thanks again for sharing!!

  8. Camilla says:

    I’m so glad to be on this journey with you, Kelvin. Less is indeed more; and I want our children to grow up understanding that. I don’t want them to suffer through the same mistakes of living lives with so much excess that we end up loosing inventory on what we have, what we don’t need, and what matters most. So far in Denver, we’ve been able to go back to our island consciousness and just spend time enjoying each other without all the extra artificial additives. Thanks for traveling this road of real natural living with me.

    Now I need to get back on my blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Kelvin Belfon says:

      Thank you babe for your continual support!! You pushed me even when I didn’t believe myself. Yes, together we can establish a legacy for our little ones. Your biggest fan…Kelvin

  9. Fong says:

    Great going, Kelvin! And I truly support this goal to going uncomplicated. Less is definitely more! All the best! X

  10. Kellyann says:

    An awesome start Kelvin. The journey has definitely begun and embracing the art of simplicity is not only genius but can be a life-changing experience for many individuals including myself. Simplicity can be quite difficult to achieve in this modern day and age but taking time to focus on the importance of life and one’s heart can be quite uncomplicated, simple, and empowering.
    I enjoyed reading your blog, brought back sweet memories of home. A place where whatever we had was sufficient. I can’t wait to read more.
    Great achievable goals. Embrace the challenge Kelvin.

    • Kelvin Belfon says:

      I appreciate your kind words Kellyann! This journey is not easy as you said but it worth the trip. We can learn and support each other. Thanks again for your support.

  11. Craig McMullen says:

    Great start! I look foward to the questions you will be raising and the conversation we will be having over your blog.

  12. Gabriele says:

    Well done, Kelvin, well done! And I agree. It is important to get back to the more simple life. One of the best pieces of advise I have for people is to get back to the basics. That means to turn off the cell or smartphone, iPad, laptop, PC or TV and anything else that I consider an electronic leash. Allow 30 minutes for catching up when you get home. After that, turn it off and turn your attention to your family. Period. Nothing makes me more sad than seeing children trying to get their parents attention and being ignored. And when the parent does turn to the child they are still distracted. And if I am aware of ut, so is the child.
    Back to basics is a great idea. Life is not complicated. Unless you make it so…
    I will follow your blog, gotta keep an eye on you 😉

  13. Kelvin Belfon says:

    Thank you Gabriele! You make a great point. Sometimes we need to turn off all electronic devices and give our loved ones and friends our undivided attention. Thanks again!

  14. Tatiana Jenkins says:

    I am very excited to follow your blog and take part in your new journey. I agree we miss the simple life everyday. Yes technology has helped our economy advance in great ways but it has become a weapon of mass distraction. Thanks for sharing your new journey and making it public for me and others to learn from. I will take notes! Miss you and the family!

    Blessings,
    Tatiana Jenkins

    • Gabriele says:

      I like the way you called it a WMD. Technology on hand hand makes life easier, and I am thankful for that, but on the other hand we need to remember who the prince of the air is. The medias including TV, phones or the internet are his domain. However, we have the power and the authority from God to use it for good. TV stations add another ungodly channel? We add another station to spread the gospel.
      God can use everything bad for good. 🙂
      And if something is offensive we always have the power of the “off” button too. 😉

  15. Kelvin Belfon says:

    Thanks Tat! I really appreciate your support. This is a process and we can all learn from each other. So feel free to add to the discussion. We miss you too!!

  16. Dona says:

    Kelvin,
    Taking inventory and getting rid of the extras we don’t need. Things in our lives with too many moving parts is something that keeps our lives complicated.
    Peace be STILL.
    Enjoy your journey… I’ll be watching.

  17. Lianka says:

    You are very much missed in the places you leave behind, you will continue to be in my heart & I am proud to see you doing very well in your new found journey and I hope that God continues to bless you and know that you have many supporters!

    God Bless,
    The dominican girl

  18. Zelma Dodd says:

    Great beginning. I look forward to reading more about your journey. Stay in touch.

    • Kelvin Belfon says:

      Thank you Zelma for all your encouragement. Thank you for your coaching and words of wisdom. I’ll stay in touch.

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