For the longest time, I had no idea how to define it. The yearning I had for something more-to travel, to get outside my box, the need to experience the unknown and to taste adventure and creativity. I’ve never been infatuated with fashion trends, pop culture or media driven fads. I’d rather treasure hunt all day through a vintage ‘recycled’ clothing store than spend 10 minutes or my hard earned dollars in a shopping mall. The only ‘new’ piece of furniture we own is a bed that was purchased a couple of years ago, because well-it was time to move on from my college digs. I despise waste-especially of time and resources-when so many individuals around the world don’t have the basic needs to survive.
There is a movement happening-a freedom from consumerism and materialism; living with less in order to lead a more fulfilling and purposeful life. I’m only now understanding this innate desire to be even more intentional as I’m delving more deeply into a way of life so many are already living-Minimalism. There is no one-size-fits-all definition for Minimalism. It might be a month of forgoing a morning latte or social media for some and it may be selling all possessions to travel the world and chase a dream for others. I’m probably somewhere in the middle of that spectrum.
I’m excited to share more about my experiences in minimalism moving forward, especially how it relates to my love of food and travel. In the meantime, if you’re interested in learning more about minimalism or hearing from other minimalists, check out these blogs I follow:
Joshua Becker: becomingminimalist.com
Courtney Carver: bemorewithless.com
Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus: theminimalists.com
Stay tuned for a review of Joshua Becker’s new book: The More of Less.