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We’re All Minimalists

I was talking with family the other day about my use of minimalist principles in my life and how much doing so has changed me over the past few years.

“Truthfully, I believe we’re all minimalists,” I said.

I went on to explain how we all have our favorite possessions: a handful of favorite clothes, favorite shoes, favorite jewelry, favorite hair/makeup routines, favorite pieces of technology that get most of our use, favorite bands/CDs/records, and even favorite meals that we prepare.

All minimalism does is calls us to have those favorites be in the forefront at all times, never getting pushed to the side by the mounds of clutter that creep into our homes, slowly taking over our spaces and lives.

Instead of feeling trapped by all the “stuff” around you, the “stuff” that prevents you from getting to spend the majority of your time indulged in the few favorite items that bring you the most pleasure, why don’t you consider becoming one of the brave ones?  Make the tough choices to eliminate the clutter that doesn’t bring you joy during this way-too-short period we have on this gorgeous planet.

Truthfully, based on my experience, you probably won’t even miss the cast-offs.

I honestly can’t recall a single thing I wished I had held onto during my bouts of decluttering.

And it’s funny how things change; I’ve reduced my possessions by about three-quarters, and instead of looking around and asking myself where everything went, I find myself remarking on how much there is still left to be rid of.  I know if most people saw my house, cabinets, and closets, they’d think of me as a crazy person for saying such a thing.

It’s OK, though.

My life is changing.  My goals are changing.  My definition of happiness is changing.

And my lust for life becomes more ardent with each passing day.

Again, we’re only here for such a short time.  So why should we allow ourselves to be bogged down by the things that not only don’t bring us joy, but also take joy from us?

Let your inner minimalist come out.  I promise, you won’t regret it!

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No.

Lately, I’ve been struggling with saying yes when I really want to be screaming no.

Or in some cases . . . .

Hell no!

Not gonna happen.

Are you nuts?!

Why, on God’s green earth, would I do that for you?!

I’d rather gouge my own eyes out.

. . . . the list goes on.

I know that by saying yes in certain situations, I end up saying no to the things that are actually more important to me.  I’m only hurting myself by obligating my time and energy to things that are not beneficial to my personal growth. 

I just can’t do it anymore.

I don’t want to snap, or be unnecessarily rude to someone in my life, so I will just say no.  No explanation is required.  I do not need to justify my choice.  

It will just simply be no.

Does this mean I will never sacrifice my time to help others?  Of course not.  I’m only weeding the unwanted, crazy, pointless, dumb, stupid tasks and commitments out of my life.  Being asked to complete a task by someone who is perfectly capable of executing said task themselves is just not going to fly for me anymore.

I have so many things in my life that I yearn to say yes to, that I really can’t afford to waste time on the tasks I consider too stupid or meaningless to perform.

This will require brutal honesty in some cases, but I’m OK with that.  I know, in most cases, my honesty will be better for both parties involved.

Are there things or people in your life you need to learn to say ‘no’ to?  What things would you rather be saying ‘yes’ to?

 

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