All in Authenticity
A minimalist person is often described as someone who wants a simpler life. But I’d like to expand on that definition, because as a minimalist I actually prefer things to be easy over being simple. Either way, for me, minimalism is about letting go of anything that takes your time, space, energy, and money away from what’s really important. It allows you to focus down on the most important people, things, and ideas in your life.
Less is not always better, even for a minimalist. In this article I’ll explore when more is better, and how you can get more of the good stuff.
Change comes from within, and if you don’t love yourself, then nothing you do on the outside of your life will change that, and your relationships will never feel quite right. This post is all about being happy with yourself.
I started thinking about the things people do for love. From a minimalist perspective, choosing love isn’t about sacrifice or “giving up” something you really want. It’s about choosing what’s most important to you and letting go of things that are less important.
Couldn’t everyone do with less stress in their relationships? Estimates in the U.S. still show a divorce rate of 40-50%, which goes up for second marriages. For unmarried couples in committed relationships, it's nearly impossible to say how many break up. Couples fight about money, kids, jobs, big decisions, little decisions. So how can we all get along better, and reduce stress in our relationships with minimalism?
For a lot of people, clothing is one of the most challenging areas to downsize, and that’s understandable. Our clothing is a reflection of our personality, and lends to how we are perceived in the world. It can serve as armor, costume, or beacon; it can flatter, insult, embarrass or elevate us. But the truth is, we spend too much time and money on clothing.
How much pain, sadness, anxiety, frustration or anger are you carrying around with you every day? How much emotional baggage do you drag behind you in this life—in your job, with your family, from one relationship to another? How much are you being weighed down? It’s time to let it go and move on.
As of now, I am trying to do as little as possible. I’m trying to become an expert in the art of idleness and striving for the path of least resistance.