“Less is best” has become my motto for my faith, use of time, priorities and spending habits. And yet, I am beginning to learn that there is so much more to this mindset than just ‘having less.’
My attitude is now focusing on adding value, on being intentional and knowing my personal goals above all else. This idea of simplifying goes into all aspects of my life - relationships, time management, faith, money, being balanced, careers, everything is covered by it. The truth is, I have found minimalism to be a freeing mindset. I am truly enjoying the process of becoming more by becoming less.
I can tell you this, I started this mindset shift a while ago, maybe even a full year ago now. I didn’t realize my thoughts were shifting. It was subtle. Quiet. One small change at at time. I saw a shift in my writing, and during this whole time, it was bothering me. As my mindset begin to change, my writing reflected the ideologies of simple faith, of finding practical ways to save time and money and on balanced and stress free living rather than the theology-writing I was used to.
I didn’t think it would be so hard to explain. Until recently, I didn’t even know how to explain it to my husband, let alone the rest of the world.
This week, Henry sent me a video about minimalism. He was rather shocked as I launched into my views on the subject. He was hoping for a simple conversation on spending and budgeting, and I started discussing the ideas in great depth. He had just taken his first step and I was running a marathon around him. Bad supportive moment on my part!! It takes time to come full circle with it, obviously, since it took me over a year to finally know was wanting a minimalist lifestyle.However, now that my husband and I are at least on the same path, I am finding the words to share it with even more people.
The first thing I MUST share is that it is not about downsizing or de-cluttering. It is about awareness. It is assigning value to all that you do and have. For instance, if I value how I use my time, then I begin to cut out activities that are not beneficial to our goals. Sometimes, this means not doing dishes so I can write a blog. Other days, it means skipping a family function, so my husband and I can actually see each other for the first time in a week. It is easy to see how priorities begin to line up when we know what we want. This same idea can be carried into stuff that we keep, or health habits we make or even how and when we spend out money.
On the flip side - if something has value, true value, it needs to be treated with the respect it deserves as being an honored possession or priority.
Each person’s journey will look differently. You will determine what you find valuable and worthy of your emotions, time, money and even a space in your life will be based entirely on where you are hoping your journey will take you. I will go as far as to understand that minimalism isn’t for everyone, I get it. We all differing goals, so if this direction isn’t for you, I get it!
However, I can tell you this mindset shift in the last year has lead to more personal success, less guilty and more happiness in my life. I am so excited to see how life will be like as we find a better balance between the pull of what we ‘feel we should’ do/be and where we hope to be at. It is going to be an amazing journey!
P.S - Here are a few of my very first minimalist articles. These I wrote as my thinking begin to shift to the idea that less is better. Take a look :)