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  • Four years ago I left my home in São Paulo (Brazil) and moved here to Boston to start my own family. I easily relate to Lín's story because I also had no trouble at all to leave a bunch of stuff behind: TV, bed, dinner table, microwave, fridge,...

    The really important things were the memories I was taking away with me, such as the time I was at home sick and my parents came to take care of me; the countless nights spent at my terrace, talking with friends about movies, books, music and a million other things; or the time Lauren went there for my birthday and met my family for the first time.

    All I brought with me from Brazil were two suitcases.

    After 28 years of life, all my belongings could fit in just two suitcases. It showed me how much I didn't need all the things I had. And to tell you the truth, it could probably fit in one suitcase if it weren't for all the books I wanted to bring.

    To this day, I still follow the practice of donating old clothes every time I buy new ones. I ask myself the question "have I used this in the past year?", and whenever the answer is no, I just donate the item, whatever it is. After all, if I can spend a whole year without it, then I can't say I really need it.

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