dave’s story

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dave, a fellow blogger, recently shared his story of becoming minimalist with us through our share your story page.  if you enjoy reading about dave’s journey, you can catch all of his writings at the minimalist path.

I grew up in a middle class family that had everything we needed but nothing more than that. I went to private school K-12 so whatever extra money we had went towards providing me a great education.

I entered college with a great opportunity to have a full time job able to pay for my full time college schooling, as well as move out of my parents. As I began to have more money available and more of a social life, I started to attain stuff. Yes, stuff. Nothing of any true value to my goals, but it somehow managed to come into my life.

Along with the stuff came debt. I entered the horrible world of credit cards. I bought stuff that I didn’t need and spent money on experiences I didn’t really care about.

It all changed when I started moving every 6 months over a 6 year period. Every time I moved I would realize there was one more thing I never used and for some reason still had. I sold everything I could and started implementing a minimalist lifestyle before I even knew what minimalism was.

Today, I am proud to say I could pack all of my belongings (minus furniture) into two big backpacks and head out to whatever corner of the world I want in no time flat. Minimalism has opened my eyes to the possibilities available when you limit the unnecessary and focus on the important aspects of life.

Today, I share my thoughts and try to inspire others through a website called The Minimalist Path.

Thanks for letting me share my story with all of you. Have a great minimalist day!!!

here at becoming minimalist, we love the inspiration of a personal stories.  do you have a personal story of a journey towards minimalism?  if so, consider sharing it with us.

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Comments

  1. Christy Z says

    “Today, I am proud to say I could pack all of my belongings (minus furniture) into two big backpacks and head out to whatever corner of the world I want in no time flat. ”

    But ARE you? ;o) Is that an eventual dream or something you’re currently doing? I’d love to hear about your travels.

    I have 2 kids, but my husband and I are planning to see the world – we’re saving and planning in that direction already. When our kids are bigger (our oldest will be 18 in 5 years…but who’s counting?! LOL) we plan to launch out more often.

  2. says

    Hey Christy—-

    I am not traveling right now, but I did for about 6 months earlier this year. I brought all my possessions in 2 backpacks with me to Australia and New Zealand. It was an unforgettable time and just plain amazing. I loved the freedom. Now that I am back stateside, I actually have less stuff surprisingly. Sure I have furniture and stuff but it would take but a day to sell that online. As for personal belongings, definitely less than 2 bags now.

    I definitely suggest ‘launching out’ but I say you should try it earlier with your kids. They may be pissed for taking you away from all their ‘cool friends’ on summer break but I now regret not traveling sooner.

    Thanks for commenting

    Dave Damron
    The Minimalist Path

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