All tagged minimalism

Balancing

We’re all balancing on an edge; just sometimes it doesn’t feel that way and sometimes it does. It’s quite easy to feel in control of our lives. We take can every measure, every precaution and follow every rule but, when it comes down to it, it doesn’t mean much.

We can stretch out our arms and practise balancing; we can wear the correct shoes and work on our belief that we’re not the kind of people who fall. But we cannot control the wind; nor the distance beneath us.

Forgetting things

It always takes me by surprise how often I forget things.  Thanks to minimalism, simplifying and owning less stuff, I forget tangible things much less frequently.  I know where my keys are most of the time.  I can always find my pen.  My hairbrush?  It's in the box where I keep it.  I just don't own enough things to forget where they are.

Symbolism and minimalism

Minimalism and symbolism are two intertwined topics.  Although minimalism can mean different things to different people, it can generally be defined as an ability to shed the ideas or qualities we associate with objects or tradition; it is an attempt to see things for what they are.  As in my favourite example, a dress is never more than a dress; it is not confidence or a new start.  It is merely a symbol.

Lost in transit

After a bout of decluttering a few days ago, I decided to get rid of a dress I'd loved but hadn't worn for some time.  It was an incredible charity shop bargain and an absolutely beautiful day-dress.  It had lived a life in the 'maybe' pile for quite some time before I decided the time had come to part with it.  I even sold it on eBay for more than I paid for it.  Everything was going very well.

Minimalism and art

I just want to preface this post by saying that, although I'm talking about minimalism and art, I'm not talking about minimalism: the art movement.  I'm talking about the philosophy of minimalism and the topic of art.  Right.  Let's go.

🎥 Minimalism • 3 THINGS, 3 MINUTES

In the spirit of my last post, I'm trying to use more of the spare moments of my day to get things done.  And that gave me the idea of this series: three things you can do that take three minutes or less to get closer to being minimalist - or wherever it is you want to be.  I've got lots of exciting topics lined up; can't wait to share them with you!

Decluttering who you thought you'd be

Sometimes we hang onto things because it's too difficult to give up on the dream we had attached to them: the jeans we wanted to fit into one day, the activewear set for when we start going to the gym, the tableware for when we start hosting dinner parties...  They hold a different kind of sentimental value.  Our reluctance to get rid of them stems from our fear of failure or giving up.  But the jeans don't fit, you don't have an opportunity to wear the activewear and you don't have time to even consider planning a dinner party.

Working out who you are: Step 1

Three years ago, I barely knew myself. I thought I did but, as it would turn out, I had no idea. I always thought I was happy but this largely stemmed from the fact that I had no real reason to be unhappy. Then, through a series of small changes, I became someone who knows and loves themselves. And it was surprisingly easy.

It boils down to this simple action:

🎥: Death and minimalism

This post is not depressing; I can't stress that enough.  It's the best tip I have to finding happiness and joy.  It helps you be nice to people and to feel grateful for what you have.  It helps you sort your true priorities and allows you to tell the difference between life's bullsh*t and the truth.

What are you worth?

How do we measure our worth?  Is it in the money we earn or the family to which we are born?  Is it how well we embody the qualities that our culture considers important? 

As a teenager manoeuvring the harsh landscape of school, I thought maybe my worth had something to do with popularity.  If other people thought I was worth something, then surely that meant I was worth something.