I looked for happiness in things only to lose my sanity in the process
For my husband and I, 2020 is the year of transition; we spent most of it moving in and out of apartments and are still doing so up to this day. Weighed down by our current circumstances, we questioned our values, identified what was important to us, and realized that downsizing was the only way go.
Fast forward to today, we are minimalists in transition enjoying a rich life with less.
Don’t get the wrong idea though, I’m not trying to paint you a rosy picture where minimalism is the best lifestyle out there. I just want to briefly share how I got into minimalism and why it makes sense to me, in hopes that you may find value in my journey.
To give you more clarity, minimalism is a lifestyle, a movement, or a “tool to freedom” according to the Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus. In their own words, they say:
“Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom…”
Simply put, I would define minimalism as:
the choice to live life intentionally, without distractions, in order to have more time, energy, money, and space for who/what really matters.