All in 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.

Books that changed my life / Part 1

I want to begin this post by telling you what I look for in a good self-help book.  There have been many books that I've started and decided, usually after giving it a really good go, that they aren't for me.  I don't like books that ask me to believe in things that are illogical.  I don't like books that attempt to inspire me.  I allow a certain amount of airy-fairy nonsense into my life as long as it is self-aware nonsense.  I think one can certainly be too rigid in their beliefs because facts can change when more evidence is gathered.  But there's a line.  Here are three books that I really enjoyed, that helped me see the world differently and didn't cross that line.

Okay, let's start again

Back in my days as a mindless consumer, my favourite thing to buy was a new start.  It could take the form of a new notebook or a new jacket; a new pair of shoes or some new gear for my music.  "This," I'd think to myself, "is the start of something new.  The next chapter in my life.  A new me, more confident and capable than ever." 

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!

Little strokes fell great oaks

We are well-accustomed to the concept that if, for whatever reason, we went back in time, we would have to tread lightly and act carefully in order to prevent big, scary changes in the future because we swatted a mosquito or looked at a dog weird or whatever.  This is a concept that we are familiar with because we've seen it in films and heard it in stories for years.

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.