This realization happened all because I broke my only pair of flip flops in the middle of a liquor store. I had to embarrassedly limp my way out the door & into the car while I waited for my fiance to bring out our fall ciders. That’s right – I’m sick of only owning one of something & then feeling deprived because I have no back up plan. I think I’m over being a minimalist.
Is Less Truly More?
I’m not here to bash the minimalist community or beleive intentional living is old news necessarily. But I do think the lifestyle should be defined individually. I have talked about how minimalism isn’t one size fits all & I still stand by that blog post. I think it’s unfair to set such narrow guidelines to a lifestyle that is supposed to make you feel more free. You shouldn’t have to count everything you own & limit yourself to x amount of items. You shouldn’t feel like you can’t own more than one pair of flip flop. And if you enjoy something, like books, you should be allowed to have a shelf filled with beautiful covers – or not so beautiful ones. They do tell us not to judge.
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I Still Believe Experiences Are Where It’s At
If someone were to ask me, “what would you rather have – a trip to Europe or this luxury handbag?” Honestly – I’d say, “why not both? because we should be looking our best during these adventures, right? But if I HAD to choose one, I’d go with the Eurotrip any day because experiences are what make our lives worth while. I’d much rather brag [ or humbly explain ] my travels over what I keep in my wardrobe. Most days, I choose a $5 t-shirt from Target over the more expensive alternative. I’m a simple gal with some things but I also like to feel like a queen in other times. It’s called balance.
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I Just Don’t Like Labels
Not to sound like a cliche or one of those annoying influencers with the squeaky voices who say, “oh my gosh, I just don’t like labels, ok?” But – I just don’t like them. OK? I think labels feel like crutches and prevent us from being our best selves. And in terms of lifestyle, I’d rather be myself then say I’m a minimalist. In a lot of ways, I’m not. My walls have tons of photos & art, my shelves hold nick nacks that showcase my personality & I love experimenting with makeup & fashion – so my closet is PRETTY full. Sure, I still love a decluttering session any day & I won’t keep things just to keep them. I try to be smart with my money & have learned to not impulsively shop. I still believe less is always more. I just think there is a lot of grey areas with that statement.
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To Niche or Not To Niche: That is The Question
This brings me to question the future of my blog. If you’ve been following me from the beginning, you will know I started with a narrowed niche of minimalism. I always promoted myself as this minimalist lifestyle blogger with the tagline: living with less gave me more to live for. Basically, I want to keep the tagline because it’s catchy as shit. But I want to be more of a general lifestyle blogger. Having a very broad niche as a lifestyle blogger will allow myself to write about whatever I want. I may be kicking myself in the foot for choosing such a saturated niche, but oh well. I’ll still be sharing decluttering tips & even intentional living conversations, but I also want to share other things like my favorite books, or places I’ve been lately. Blogtober taught me how fun writing is when you free yourself to other topics. And although the challenge is over, I want to continue that mindset.
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I hope you enjoy the new me & stick around.