All tagged minimalism

The Secret to Financial Freedom

In our society, money creates freedom.  Money affords of the luxury of good schools, safe neighborhoods, quality food, whatever we want.  Or, if we don't have money, our access to luxuries is denied.  So, when money equates to freedom, where is it best spent? 

So, when money equates to freedom, where is it best spent? 

When a Lifestyle Business Destroys Your Life

We didn’t know what was next. Looking at jobs we considered our options. Recovery was the first priority – how could we hold down jobs or start something new in our current state? So, we tied up loose ends, giving away or selling most of our furniture, beginning the process of minimising our lives.

We drove our car to the opposite end of the country with a 3x2 trailer on the back full of the "stuff" we had left. The next three months were spent with friends and family, determining what would come next.

Minimalism Starts With the Word "No"

I needed those newspapers because “there’s coupons in there!” I needed that vase, those shoes, that coin purse full of pennies. Why? Because one day in the not so distant future when some poor soul knocks on my door and asks me for a Kohl’s coupon, a dusty old vase, platform sandals circa 2004 and three cents from 1943, I’ll be their savior. And then, all the haters will get it. But, of course, that day never came and my life became, not full, but crowded. 

My Lifestyle is Not a Label

Some days, the idea of minimalism feels like a freeing game, the rush of decluttering reminiscent of all the highs I used to love—chocolate, Bulleit rye, vicodin.  Other days, I wonder if minimalism is just another status, box to check, and goal to achieve to finally obtain optimal living

Is the want for happiness driving us to fit our lives into any trend that promises betterment?

A lot of articles and podcasts talk about the struggles of living with less.  People don't understand your aversion to consumerism.  Sometimes the urge to resist buying is too great.  It takes work to maintain the minimalist lifestyle.  Nothing is easy.