8 Reasons My Minimalist Lifestyle is here to Stay

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Two years ago I began looking for answers on how to get more out of life.

I was looking for ways to become more focused on fulfilling my sense of purpose.

Following a break-up that left me needing to come deeply into my soul-self, I began downsizing my life by removing all the distractions, I uncovered my inner minimalist. Distractions such as unnecessary/unused objects, too many clothes to think about choosing from, too much space to have to clean and maintain; anything that screamed for my attention. I craved simplicity in all its forms as I realised I needed my energy for my healing and couldn’t afford to be giving it away, especially to things that didn’t add value to my life.

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How Your Failings Will Often Guide You

DeathtoStock_NotStock10My weakest subject at school was English.

I essentially failed all high school English to the point where I checked out of standard English class and into the easier version titled English Communication.

I started high-school with classes such as Economics and Legal Studies, but within a few months I had swapped to Arts and Drama, and proceeded to enjoy who I was rather than what I thought I should be.

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8 Reasons to Celebrate Your Birthday

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It took me 33 years to get back to celebrating my Birthday.

As I post this today, on my 33rd Birthday I am genuinely excited that today is my day.
Prior to this, the last birthday I looked forward to in pure celebration was probably around my late teens or early twenties. I can barely remember, probably as I was already down playing it.

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The Net Won’t Always Appear – But Sometimes it Does

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My Most Recent Jump into the Abyss, S#!t Scared but so ‘Effin Happy

What a ride!

What a rush.

What a way to live.

I have made the awesome habit of finding things that scare me and I lean into them. It has been the best thing I have begun to regularly do for myself.

It started with turning to a life of simplicity by reducing a five-bedroom house of possessions into only five boxes of essential items to move three thousand kilometers with.

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A Year of Growth in Review – My First Twelve Months with You

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Twelve months ago, I had just reduced all of my possessions to five boxes, two suitcases and a car, I then moved three thousand kilometres, published my first article on this blog and began a new life.

I find I can easily get caught up in the negative—the articles I published that got it wrong, the losses I faced, new struggles, times where I could have done better and how far I still have to go to reach my dreams.

So, in reflection of this huge year of change, I will make particular note of the achievements, key moments and lessons learned for I can grow from the past rather than dwell upon it, and I will pat myself on the back for all the things I got right.

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Emotional Minimalism

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I have downsized, packed, flown 2,800 kilometres and now, after a good six weeks of living out of a suitcase, I have unpacked in a place I can call home.

I faced my fears and the things that had scared me. It scared me to think I would be so far away from my family and all that I had known. It scared me to remove those safety nets. It scared me to isolate myself until I made new friends. And, when I landed in the midst of this new environment the night of my arrival, I had a good old cry.

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A Minimalist?

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While continually downsizing my collection of items, I realized I was following a trend known as minimalism.

I have come across this hot topic of keeping life simple numerous times in the last few months. It is about getting rid of physical items to make room and time for more meaningful ventures, things like spending more time with family and friends and making dreams happen.

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Kick Start

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I was always telling myself to focus on quality over quantity, to increase savings, to reduce impulse buying, to only go near the shops when I actually needed something, and to wait 24 hours before buying something if I thought I needed it.

I rarely succeeded at meeting these goals until recently, but I am changing these behaviours, and I am doing it a lot quicker than I expected considering these are such lifelong habits.

For the first time in my life, I have stopped ‘wandering the shops’, I have seen my savings grow, and I have talked myself out of impulse buys on the spot; I am living with less and enjoying life more.

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