I’ll be honest, this post started out as something completely different, It started out as a minimal office reveal but I found myself writing more about my own journey with minimalism so far and now it’s out there, I felt like it would be a shame to remove it, so please accept my apologies if this isn’t quite what you were expecting.
The true meaning of minimalism goes well beyond the things that we buy.
Until the 1st January 2017, I had no idea what ‘minimalism’ entailed. After seeing in the new year the night before, I decided to spend the first day of 2017 with a good old Netflix binge. Sat their scrolling through the endless list of things to watch, my attention landed upon a title called ‘Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things’. I read through the description and thought it sounded like something good to pass the time and so I pressed play. One hour and nineteen minutes later, I felt like I had just had an epiphany! I had resonated with every single word that had been said in the documentary and I felt like ‘Minimalism’ was exactly what I needed in my life.
This year was the first year, I had not made a new years resolution. I want to say it was because I don’t believe in resolutions and all the BS but in truth it was because I just didn’t know what I wanted anymore? I had wrote about how I had faced my own version of a midlife crisis last year and how I was going to make it my primary focus to find more enjoyment, but I have to be honest I was struggling. I was still so caught up in the past and everything that had happened in the last year or so. I felt like Minimalism could be exactly what I needed in order to start focusing on the future.
After watching the documentary I went straight to the Minimalists blog, scoured all their essays and was delighted to learn they had a podcast. I went on to spend hours and hours listening to their advice on how to de-clutter – both physically and mentally, setting goals and prioritizing. Minimalism to me wasn’t just about getting rid of stuff, it was more about getting rid of things that held me in the past and stopped me from moving forward. Yes it did mean, I got rid of a lot of thing, 6 car trips full of stuff that went straight to the charity shop to be exact (and I’m still not finished!) but I noticed a difference in my way of thinking almost immediately. I moved on to de-cluttering my phone, removing apps that served no purpose and clearing out my inbox.
Within 31 days, my stress levels have reduced significantly, my anxiety is no longer waking me up at night and I am using my time so much more effectively. Removing pacifiers such as Facebook and resisting the urge to binge on even more Netflix has led me to work differently, making time for me to pursue my hobby of wildlife photography and blogging and I have even started yoga!
More importantly this clarity of mind has allowed me to focus more on my health. Today will mark 40 days of being Vegan (I have always been vegetarian), Gluten Free and sugar free, something I would never have had the strength or willpower to do before adopting a minimalist approach. This change has been the most beneficial to me, as a sufferer from Endometriosis, it was suggested that a dairy free, gluten free and sugar free diet might help to combat the chronic pain I was experiencing. Although the symptoms have not gone completely I am still noticing a difference, the pain is less frequent and more manageable, which is life changing for me. I’ve spent way less time this past month curled up on the sofa with a hot water bottle than I did previously and I can finally think about moving forward rather than worrying that my illness might stop me in my tracks.
Of course, there is still a long way to go, but for now, I finally feel like I’m back in control and that makes me really really happy.
Finally, a few words on my office.Details