Minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it. It requires a conscious decision because it is a countercultural lifestyle that stands against the culture of overconsumption that surrounds us.
The world we live in is not friendly to the pursuit of minimalism. Its tendencies and relentless advertising campaigns call us to acquire more, better, faster, and newer. The journey of finding simplicity requires consistent inspiration.
For that reason, I hope you will make an effort this weekend to find a quiet moment with a cup of coffee or tea and enjoy some of these hand-picked articles to encourage more simplicity in your life.
How My Minimalist Lifestyle Helped Me Leave a Successful UX Career | Medium by Alice Crady. Minimalism has threaded through most of my favorite life choices if only as a reminder to question the status quo and understand my priorities.
How to Own Things | Daily Stoic. This is how we must treat our possessions. Enjoy them. But be able to live just as happily without them.
Minimalism and Decluttering are Similar, But Not Congruent | The American Genius by Pam Garner. For many, the difference isn’t highly apparent, nor does it really matter but it is good to point out the differences.
Finding Peace | No Sidebar by Emma Scheib. When the world is crazy and chaotic, I find myself craving more peace in my little corner of it. But to find peace, I have to look inwards, narrow my focus and simplify my place in the big, and often, bad world.
The Simple Tool I Use to Overcome Procrastination | Becoming Minimalist on YouTube
I am so much more content with less, i keep essentials, things i love and inspire me, my home is freer less cluttered and next is un plugging from the internet, and keeping my phone in a drawer to stop me scrolling. Way better life.
Who would have thought that the reference to dandelions would have motivated me to pack up tons of crafting supplies for donating to a local donation based art supply shop this morning. So simple but it made something click in my brain. Thanks for the great articles.
The links are inspiring and so are the YouTube videos. I recently donated my mom’s and my grandmother’s silver plated trays and tea sets. It was tough but alas, I have no servants to polish them for me. I learned that silver plate is worth very little. And we’re not in Downton Abbey anymore. I don’t need to show off with those things, and I hated polishing them. So freeing!
Joanna Schoff says
Thanks for including Emma’s article on peace. It is beautifully written and important for all!
Love these links. Life-changing, these things.
It seems no matter how much one loves and chooses this way of being, we always have opportunities to encourage ourselves in this effort. For little things can unknowingly creep in and leave us feeling frazzled. It’s then, when I feel frazzled, that I know it’s time to look around and see what’s crept in.
Jeffrey Pillow says
“How to own things” is my kind of read. Short and sweet with a lot of meaning in few words. I can’t help but think Siddhartha somehow traveled to Athens, dropped some knowledge with a local, and then bounced — and it was never documented.