Hi all! Welcome to another blog!
For a while now, I have been fascinated by the topic of minimalism and the process of decluttering your life in every area. Since I became a vegan 3 years ago, my eyes have been opened to what is really going on in the world and how often we, as humans, are being brainwashed on a daily basis…
It is no secret that we live in a consumerist society. Anytime you turn on the television, walk past a billboard or listen to the radio, somebody, somewhere is always trying to sell you something. Beauty advertisements essentially shame you into believing that your hair is dull and therefore their products will liven it up. Marketing schemes trick you into thinking you need a bigger car, more technology and a full wardrobe in order to be successful.
I feel like I see past all of those sales gimmicks now and strive to live an independent life with independent thoughts because in reality…we don’t need that much ‘stuff’ in order to be happy. In fact, the more possessions we own, the more we want and all of a sudden, we are buying things just for the sake of buying them. When we see things for what they really are, we can begin to de-clutter our life and embrace the freedom that comes from simplicity. When we place less emphasis on owning possessions, we make room for our passions and experiences. The less you own, the more you cherish what you have. The more you open your eyes, the more authentic you become.
Anybody that knows me well, knows I used to be obsessed with buying clothes. I would literally shop once a week for new outfits and looks. The reason for this was because I was embarrassed about repeating outfits at work. Now I laugh at that thought and highly doubt that anyone cared about what I was wearing but back then, it really mattered to me! About a month ago, I did a giant cull and filled two big bags with lots of clothing, shoes and accessories. It felt good and I realised that there was so much more to life than just the ‘stuff’ I could accumulate throughout my existence. Francis has certainly taught me the value of experiences over possessions and thanks to his excellent saving skills, we’ve traveled more and invested in our future so our children won’t want for anything either. Gandhi himself owned little possessions and anything given to him, was either donated or passed on to somebody else.
Now I’m not saying I want to only own 7 possessions like Gandhi or never buy anything, ever again but I do want to possess the ability to make conscious choices about my purchases. This life skill not only takes practice but a considerable amount of honesty. Asking yourself questions like ‘do I really need this right now’ or ‘what is the motivation behind my wanting this’ can help assess whether something is a necessity or just a mindless purchase for the sake of it. I am only new to the subject of minimalism so it will be a slow transition for me but already I feel much more equipped with the skills I mentioned above. A minimalistic lifestyle will not only help me appreciate everything I already do own but it will also ensure that I get a lot of value out of my current belongings. By not putting so much time and energy into the material, I will be able to focus more on the things that matter like family, travel, love, friends, nature and more.
Also, just on a final note, on March 29th, mum and I are flying to Taiwan to visit my sister. Every single holiday I’ve ever been on (aside from the ones when I was a child) I would seriously over-pack and buy lots more clothes overseas. This time, I would like to travel like a minimalist and not go crazy like I usually do, so wish me luck!
I will keep you all updated on how my transition to minimalism fares!
Peace and Love xoxo