First, let me state my despise for the word "minimalism". It seems like such a trend or fad that I want no part in. It makes me think of some pretentious person who thinks shopping is evil and white walls are the only way to go. I even hate typing the word because I misspell it every single time. But I digress. As much as I wanted to not give in to this whole minimalism thing.. somehow after many articles, a documentary, and a podcast I got sucked in. And to my surprise it wasn't quite what I thought...
So lately, I've been on a quest to simplify all areas of my life. I've really been inspired by the whole minimalism movement & although I've always been quite the opposite of a minimalist (a borderline hoarder), I am really working hard to change my ways. Because lets be real, life is chaotic and stressful enough, why make it more it more complex & complicated?!
Minimalism, or simplifying, is really about peace of mind and living with intention to me. And I'm all about that living with intention! I'm just so over living in survival mode, ya know!?
I mean, if this quote doesn't convince you, then you might as well stop reading this now.
This quote changed my perspective on minimalism & continues to inspire me to change. It's no longer about white walls, only owning 30 items of clothing, or not spending money - although those things are great if that's what you value! It's really about focusing on what YOU value and intentionally choosing to live in a way that honors those values. it's simple really, but easy? No, not easy. Necessary? Yes, I believe so.
Why I'm Obsessed With The Idea of Minimalism
Prioritizing my values = More joyful living
My core values are family, freedom, simplicity, adventure, & wellness so to prioritize these things makes me SO happy I could explode. It's pretty sad how many people live out there lives with values that are ignored. People say they value family yet choose work or other things over their family again and again. It's no one's fault really. It's just the way society is today and it can be hard to really stay true to your values especially when you feel like you're going against the grain. When I take time each day to set an intention and make sure I'm honoring my values I really can live a more joyful life.
Less clutter & owning less = Less stress
Now, this one's a big struggle. Oh the clutter!!! To be honest, I hate clutter, but I also hate cleaning and organizing. The idea of decluttering makes me cringe. Who wants to waist their time going through each room of their house and getting rid of stuff? It just sounds so awful to me. Never mind the fact that I have serious attachment to things and always find a way to convince myself that I may need this in the future. But, I've come to realize, if I value simplicity and family decluttering is a great way to honor both of these values. I believe the struggle and necessary evil of getting rid of all my stuff will transform my life in an unbelievable way. I have only just begun the decluttering phase on this quest, so I can't really report on the results yet. But I'm extremely hopeful that this new way of living will be life changing.
Living simply & intentionally = More time for what really matters
Getting rid of my stuff, owning less, and being deliberate every single day will only create more time and space to enjoy what really matters. Less cleaning, less doing things out of obligation, and less overwhelm will not only free my time, but also my mind. I've been working on this one for a while now and it can be a challenge to actually take a pause to be intentional. I'm finding the benefits far out way the challenge. When I live intentionally, I feel more empowered and like my real, authentic self. I really feel like minimalism is about going back to the basics and living the way people lived hundreds of years ago.
How I Plan To Live More Intentionally (& More Like a Minimalist)
Purge My Home
This is definitely going to be a long process as I've collected a lot of things over the years. But the good thing is I have created a plan and I am committed to making this change. I finally realize that this is for the benefit of myself, my sanity, and the happiness of my whole family. For more help on purging your home, check out this article.
Wake Up Earlier
So a while back I wrote a blog post about my magical morning routine. Well, in honor of full disclosure, I haven't really kept up with my morning routine lately. While I still do a lot of the things I used to do in the morning, I haven't been doing them consistently or in the morning at all. I've kind of fallen back into my old ways of staying up late and dragging myself out of bed last minute and rushing around. Let me tell you, it's not the best way to start the day & I'm over it. I'm committing to going to bed earlier and waking up earlier to get a head start on the day before the kids take over. I think this will help me to feel better, more motivated, and like I am in charge of my day. I plan to use this time in the morning to meditate, set intentions, and get my most important task of the day done so I can start the day feeling accomplished.
Start Saying No
This one's pretty simple, but will definitely take some practice. I want to stop saying yes to everything for everyone if it's not in alignment with how I want to spend my time or my day. Instead of always saying "yes" out of obligation, I want to start intentionally saying "No" in a polite way to things that just do not serve me. The truth is time is a limited resource and it is too valuable to me to waste it on things that are not a priority.
Detach from Technology
Yikes. This is a difficult one that I've been working on for a while. Since I do most of my work online, I'm on the computer or my cell phone a lot of the time. Basically, I just want to be more intentional of my use of technology. I want to not use my phone for the first hour I wake up or the last hour before I go to bed. I also want to limit the amount of scrolling endlessly on Facebook or Instagram. The scrolling just does not serve me in any way and is just a way to escape reality or avoid something else I should be doing. I think we could definitely all benefit from a little detachment from technology.
Practice Being Present Daily
The main goal of this quest I'm on is to be more present and live a joyful life in an intentional way. The practice of being present is just that, a practice. It can be so difficult when you're being pulled in a million different directions, but it is so necessary in order to really find peace and joy. I notice that I feel the happiest when I'm really present in the moment whether that's brushing my teeth or reading a story to my kids.
Simplify Meal Time
Since health and wellness is a core value of mine and I created a business around it, it's so important to me to continue to make this a priority. I love to make healthy, nourishing meals for my family, but sometimes that can be time consuming. I'm really focusing on meal prepping on Sunday/Monday to make sure we have food readily available throughout the week. I am also focused on using simple recipes with 10 ingredients or less that only take about 30 minutes or less. Some techniques that really help simplifying meal time for me are roasting vegetables (so quick & easy), cooking a double batch recipe to freeze or eat as left overs another day, and using my Magical Plate template as a guide for all meals.
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Buy More Experiences & Less Stuff
I love travel, adventure, and experiences so much more than any item I've ever bought. This will just be a matter of reminding myself when I want to purchase a new book or piece of clothing what's really important to me. I also want to get my friends and family on board with this one by having them give experiences instead of stuff for my kids birthday's or holidays. I think so much can be learned from experiences that stuff just can't teach us.
So those are the changes I plan to really focus on in the next several months. I'm sure it will take some time and discipline, but I really believe the benefits will be worth it.