I am not a minimalist but I would like to be. My future self is a minimalist. Not so much of a tiny home kind of minimalist but more of a relaxed, slower paced kind of life minamalist. I dream of having less, less stress, less worry and less struggle. I just want life to be easier and maybe that means simpler. Simpler to me means more energy, more fun and more time to spend on things that are important.
How am I working on simplifying my life? Well, I think about downsizing and decluttering and I do get this done on a fairly regular basis but could always do more. (less thinking about it and more doing it) I love to work on goals and for me this is often about changing things around and making my space work better for me. It is also about re-assessing my needs, getting rid of the old and making way for the new. It means that I can let go of things that no longer fit for me in my life. This includes emotional clutter just as much as it does about physical.
Being mindful and having an awareness of what is happening around me is so important in being able to know what it is I want to focus on. What do I choose to spend my time, energy and money on? I am very conscious about purchases and what I want to bring into my home. I prefer to give and get more consumable items as gifts (ie: wine, chocolate, other food items, natural bath products, candles) , (hint, hint) experiences and/or a visit with a friend or family member.
My friend just recently celebrated her 70th birthday and invited 11 of her friends to join her with some morning yoga, a kayak trip, and lunch. It was such an awesome day!!
Here we are doing a group meditation.
When I think of what I want more of in my life, it helps me to think about what I no longer want. It also helps me to focus on my goals and pushes me to move forward towards more of what I know I want.
How do you know what you want for your life? How does minimalism fit into your life?