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! 💕