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The Benefits of Minimalism

This week I want you to think about minimalism - what it means, how to apply it, and how it can transform your life...

I can almost guarantee that you've heard the term 'Minimalism.'

But if you haven't, here's a brief overview from The Minimalists themselves:

"Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom. Freedom from fear. Freedom from worry. Freedom from overwhelm. Freedom from guilt. Freedom from depression. Freedom from the trappings of the consumer culture we’ve built our lives around. Real freedom."

"That doesn’t mean there’s anything inherently wrong with owning material possessions. Today’s problem seems to be the meaning we assign to our stuff: we tend to give too much meaning to our things, often forsaking our health, our relationships, our passions, our personal growth, and our desire to contribute beyond ourselves. Want to own a car or a house? Great, have at it! Want to raise a family and have a career? If these things are important to you, then that’s wonderful. Minimalism simply allows you to make these decisions more consciously, more deliberately [and more intentionally]."


I personally started my minimalism journey about a year ago, and let me tell you, it's a lifestyle change!

I'm currently in Phase 3. I've gone through everything I own three separate times over the last year, ruthlessly, I might add. I got rid of clothes, shoes, decor, household items, linens, "sentimental" items, books, DVDs, paperwork, photo albums, and other useless things I'd accumulated over the years. SO many trips to Goodwill!

Here's what I asked myself as I took inventory of everything I owned:

Do I need this?

Do I use this?

Does it serve a purpose?

Do I love it/Does it bring me joy?

I got rid of the rest.

And you know what I've learned? I didn't need any of it!

Without having all that extra 'stuff,' I learned that I was able to focus more intently on what's actually important to me; I learned that I don't need things or something new to bring me that fleeting sense of happiness; I learned what 'being intentional' actually means; I learned that I make more money than I thought ;)

But most importantly, I learned what real joy & happiness feels like. Not being owned by the things that I own. When I look around at what "made the cut," I smile. Yes, of course I still have that beautiful elephant figurine that I got at Marshall's 3 years ago. Why? Because it makes me happy! And now that I don't have clutter everywhere, when I walk by and see it, I light up!

Minimalism isn't about getting rid of all your materials things. I doesn't mean you need to live with less than 20 items. It's different for everyone - it's a practice; it's a lifestyle.

So where am I now?

I feel free.

I feel at peace.

I feel in control.

I feel less stressed.

I feel more organized. I feel more efficient. I feel less cluttered & disoriented. I feel happiness.

I feel joy.

Here are a few of the areas that have positively impacted my life as a result of going minimal:

1. Body - Somehow this shift in mindset has allowed me to be more intentional about how I treat my body - don't ask me HOW it works, I just know that it DOES!

2. Mind & Emotions - With less clutter around me, my mind is so much more optimized, and I'm able to focus on what's important.

3. Family - With less things around me, that means less mess to clean, which in turn means more time for family, friends, and my fur babies.

4. Hobbies - Yes, you can still have hobbies & accessories as a minimalist! But now I can actually find them and have the time to do what I enjoy!

5. Home/Environment - My home is my haven; the most important environment in my life. And whether or not you want it to be, it truly is a representation of you and who you are.

6. Business/Career - I now have more time to commit to my business, my clients, my work, and I take joy and pride in that! Removing all the unnecessary things that would otherwise distract or consume me has been a total game-changer when it comes to my level of productivity!

7. Money/Finances - Yes, please! Now that I've switched my mindset from wanting more to wanting less, I feel stable, happy and free.

8. Spirituality - You don't have to be religious to be spiritual. Getting in touch with yourself and clearing your mind has so many benefits! And living a minimalist lifestyle is the icing on the cake!

Something to think about...

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