How Is My Minimalist Journey Going? + 1,000 Followers?!

One of the first posts I wrote on my blog [ that is still up to this day ] was discussing why i became a minimalist in the first place & my journey to minimalism. But when I look back on that post, I realized I only shared with you a small part of why I started on this minimalism journey. There is so much more to the story. And today, I wanted to go more into detail on the process of first discovering the concept & how I slowly incorporated these practices of minimalism into my own life.

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I WAS A SECRET PACKRAT & SHOPAHOLIC

Before I even go into my process of living with less , I first want to give you a bit of a backstory. So, when I was younger [ preteen – teenager ] I was rather envious of the people around me. If someone I knew came to school wearing new Ugg boots, I’d go home wishing I had a pair myself. I’d say I was a rather privileged child growing up. I never really went without anything. And I’m extremely grateful for that life. But as a kid, that gratitude was very surface level & deep down I was never truly satisfied. Every chance I got, I spent my money like it was water on things I thought would make me happier. It would satisfy me for a little while, but I was always after the next best thing. Not to mention I thought shopping & bringing in external items would ultimately mend any feelings I was going through. It never dawned on me reflection & tapping into my emotions was the proper way to self growth.

MORE STUFF MADE ME FEEL OVERWHELMED

I didn’t realize I wasn’t just cluttering my space; I was cluttering my mind simultaneously. I was feeling anxious, stressed & just down right overwhelmed with life & I couldn’t make the correlation. It took cleaning out my room [ with the help of others] to really see what was going on. I thought I was an organized person. When you would walk into my room, to the naked eye it looked clean. But when you opened the drawers & closet the truth came flooding out. I remember lining up all my belongings in the upstairs hallway. Bins & bins filled with shoes, clothing, random decor, books & trinkets all belonging to me. Just one person! And that day was truly my wakeup call. I needed to let go of some stuff!

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I DIDN’T CHANGE OVERNIGHT

So, after one brutal decluttering session I didn’t just decide to live with less & become a minimalist. I actually still didn’t really know much about it at that point. Truthfully, I still owned a lot of stuff. But it was a start. Little by little, I tweaked a few things. I think my next biggest hurdle was downsizing my digital footprint in 2016. I let go of all my personal social media accounts [ minus Facebook] & that was the peak of my transformation. Think about it. In a world where connecting with other people revolves around these platforms. And I was basically becoming Amish. But I was just tired of it all & needed a cleanse.

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LOSS CAN PUT THINGS INTO PERSPECTIVE

Like I talked about in my other post on why I became a minimalist, I touch on how losing a loved one put things into perspective. It was then I realized material possessions don’t mean that much especially once someone is gone. And I’m not saying I don’t appreciate owning things. I actually have more of an appreciation now that my perspective has changed. I get use out of many things but I wouldn’t fret if I ever lost everything. The relationships & people are who I miss & hold dear most of all.

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FINALLY MAKING THAT SHIFT

I knew I felt my best owning less & living more intentionally but I didn’t really know what to call it. It wasn’t until I was watching Youtube [ my favorite pastime] where I discovered the minimalist community. I became inspired & enlightened by these videos. And of course, Marie Kondo & The Minimalists were becoming well known names. So, the idea of minimalism was finally branching out. On a side note, there was one trip my boyfriend & I were taking back in 2016 or 2017 & on the flight we started watching HGTV’s series about Tiny Houses. And I can’t say I could ever really live this way but we found these videos & these people’s stories so fascinating. The idea of downsizing your entire life, living in smaller homes & traveling the world seemed like this fantasy. And the people in these videos are extremely happy – with very little! It’s quite inspiring, at least to me,

HOW IS IT GOING?

I can’t fully pinpoint when the journey actually started since it was rather slow growing & a lifestyle that has no end. I’d say I’m the happiest I’ve ever been though. My relationships are stronger than ever before. I still enjoy shopping & treating myself occasionally but I can go months without needing anything except the standard necessities of life – food, water, shelter & company. I no longer waste money & am just smarter financially. I live slower & more intentional by taking in my surroundings & not feeling like I need to rush every single task. I work smarter. I stay grateful. I appreciate my life to its fullest. Becoming a minimalist is more than a pretty aesthetic. It’s a lifestyle choice that has made me into a better human.

Have you considered be more minimalistic?

I’d also like to say thank you so much for 1,000 followers on the blog! I can’t believe Mind Beauty Simplicity has hit this milestone already. I am so grateful for all of you & your continued support these last 8 months. Here’s to 1,000 more! πŸ’•

34 thoughts on “How Is My Minimalist Journey Going? + 1,000 Followers?!

  1. Congratulations on 1000 followers!
    It was nice reading more about your journey & that’s great you’re happier than ever!

    When I moved to Denmark, I was pretty much forced to downsize as I could only bring the things that mattered the most to me. It was nice though as I don’t feel overwhelmed by having a ton of things (my partner on the other hand could be more minimalist)

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    1. Thank you!! πŸ’•πŸ’•

      Yes, moving can force you to really look at what you own (and realize how much is truly there). That’s great you don’t feel as overwhelmed.
      Haha πŸ˜‚ I know what you mean. My bf could be more minimalistic too. But it’s ok. I love him anyway πŸ’•

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  2. I can definitely relate to the bit about having more stuff making you feel overwhelmed. My room used to be packed with stuff I didn’t need. I had to do a big clean. Having an organized environment is so much better for you mentally. Great post! You have insightful points.

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  3. This post is everything!!!! I can relate, my adult daughter is a minimalist and I really wasn’t familiar with the term till she brought it up. I now avoid pointless buying and it’s helped me save money, I have also noticed that I appreciate the things I do have and make use of them more instead of just shopping just to shop.

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  4. Does minimalism also apply to creative output? I find that’s essential for me – constantly creating and listening to my inner world. But the sewing has a million things. The drawing has a million things. Accessories and constant stuff. How do you balance that?

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  5. Minimalism is the way to combat commercialism. It means that you can avoid buying too much if you are minimalist. That way, you can contribute to reducing waste production, which tends to happen when too many products are bought and their resultant packaging leftovers are disposed of!

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  6. awesome achievement. just thinking back i’m sure this feat seemed far fetched and here you are on the cusp of even greater things. keep on trudging forward my dear one. you did well so far and it is this zeal that will propel you further. set yourself a new high.

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