“Simplicity, clarity, singleness: These are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy as they are also the marks of great art.” —Richard Holloway
As we begin to count down to the end of the year, i am already thinking of the way i want to live my life from 2018. I love the minimal life but sometimes it is so hard to pull off, as the yearn to always own and have new things never goes away. I have done a lot of research on minimalist, and i have discovered that it isn’t just a blogger thing, but it is a lifestyle that everyone should live.
So what is this minimalism thing? Minimalism is about living life without fear, living life in a very simple way, living life fully on your own terms. Minimalism is living with fewer material possessions, (don’t own what you don’t need), enjoying the world most simple and free gifts, seeing the world different and totally surrounding yourself with good energy and good vibes. Minimalism will assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom. At its core, minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it. It is a life that forces intentionality. And as a result, it forces improvements in almost all aspects of your life. I think with all these definitions i am totally on my way to being a minimalist. I am excited about my total minimalist lifestyle come 2018.
My semi- minimalist journey has helped me Eliminate discontent,Reclaim time ,Live in the moment ,Create more, consume less ,Focus on my health ,Contribute beyond ourselves etc . Here are more reasons why you should become a minimalist.
- PURPOSE :The less you have, the more you can focus on what matters to you. Minimalism gives you the ability to think about what you own and why you own it.
- ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERN: Less stuff means less waste which means less harm to the planet. Less stuff also means you’re more invested in what you buy and own and increases the likelihood that you’ll buy products that are good for our planet.
- STUFF ≠ HAPPINESS: Minimalism allows you to relinquish the association many of us have with stuff and fulfilment. Your material goods aren’t always a reflection of your status or happiness.
- LESS CLUTTER :Less stuff means more room to breathe
- MORE TIME: Our stuff demands a lot of time and energy, and the maintenance that comes with cleaning, re-organizing, repairing etc, can eat up a lot of our time. Getting rid of our stuff will inevitably free up our time.
- HEALTHY HABITS: Creating a consciousness around what you own will ultimately lead to developing a consciousness around what you buy, leading to healthier habits around spending.
- MORE MINIMALISM IS BETTER FOR YOUR BRAIN: According to research, your brain is less likely to focus in a cluttered environment.
- LESS STRESS :Bothersome clutter can eventually lead to a build-up of stress, but getting rid of your stuff can eventually create more peace of mind.
- CULTIVATING MINDFULNESS: The intentionality you develop from having less stuff spills over into other aspects of your life, cultivating the habit of increased mindfulness.
- FOCUSING ON YOURSELF: Adopting a new philosophy like minimalism shows that you are worth focusing on and that you’re capable of developing healthy habits that lead to a better and more improved version of yourself.