Last summer I began my journey to becoming more minimal and lets just say that it has definitely been a process for me. At first I had no idea that I was even headed towards a more minimal lifestyle until I really started doing some research. I liked the idea of living with less and ridding of things that I did not necessarily need.
Then last month, I ran into some issues with the whole minimalism life. I began watching a ton of YouTube videos about really taking on the lifestyle, but then I lost the motivation to continue to do so. I felt that some of the minimalist on the internet were a bit extreme and also a little bit boring. Some of the techniques that others did, I just really didn’t agree with. I started questioning if I was really becoming a minimalist and if the lifestyle was really for me.
I really wasn’t sure what was happening with me, until I ran across a wonderful book that really put things into perspective as well as making my decision much more clear. That wonderful book is called Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. Let me just say that this book is pretty freaking awesome! Basically the author talks about focusing on just the essential things in life instead of the non essential. It technically doesn’t cover anything about minimalism exactly, but it does have many of the techniques that most minimalist seem to use. The book mainly speaks about the mind and how to think and live like an “essentialist.” Now I’m not sure if essentialism is actually a thing the way minimalism is but I can definitely say that they do go hand in hand and may even be the same thing. This read really opened my eyes about becoming more minimal because instead of doing all of this research to see what others are doing, I can just do…ME.
I got so caught up in whether or not I was being a good minimalist that I lost focus in what I was really trying to accomplish, which was living more simply. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter that my bedroom doesn’t have all clear surfaces or that my wardrobe doesn’t have only 15 items in it. All that really matters is that I am in control of my minimalist journey and I’m going to do it my way. That doesn’t mean that I can’t find inspiration in other places, but I’ll just be sure to fit it to the way that my life is.
Look out for my review on Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown in a couple of weeks if you would like to know more about the book!
If you have visited my blog before, you already know that I have this obsession with being intensely happy and living simply. I guess I should mention that, like anyone I want to be successful as well. Right now, I have this blog and a YouTube channel that are not at all close to a success. There are many books, courses, and tools that teach one how to be successful. I started to notice after visiting so many blogs that once a person makes it, they then make money off of other people wanting to be successful. It sounds kind of bad when I word it like that, but that is how businesses work after all. If I was already a successful blogger I would probably sell a tool to people so that they can make it too…who wouldn’t??? What I’m really trying to say here is that every business owner has a journey that they take in order to just make even a little bit of money. But why is it always when they have already made it do they choose to let you in on their ideas and even their journey? Maybe I’m the only one that is curious about the actual quest to success, but for some reason I highly doubt that.
I have decided to post about my quest and maybe, just maybe some of you will be interested. So, basically I’ll be writing a how to guide on how to be successful when you’re not successful yet.
Here are just a few of my goals that I have set in order to be a successful Blogger and YouTuber
- Gain a loyal following on social media (FB, Twitter, Youtube, WordPress)
- Inform followers/subscribers about simple living, capsule wardrobes, minimalism, etc.
- Sell concept(s) or product(s) to loyal following
Just these small goals are a struggle for me, however that is a part of making it now is it not?! Every business is about trial and error, but usually all we see is the trial, the success, and then maybe some stories about how the business actually failed the first few times. Any who, I hope many of you are interested in this series that I will be doing on here. Stay tuned for Part 2 of the Real Quest to Success
Happy New Year everyone! I hope everyone had wonderful holiday season and is starting the new year off on a happy refreshed note! I decided to start off the new year by posting about my skincare routine I began just before Christmas.
Right before graduation I went into stress mode and unfortunately but not surprisingly broke out into some really terrible pimples all over my T-zone. I then told myself I would take better care of my skin with better products and try not to skimp out on the routine no matter what. I began seeing results within a few days, never missing a day even when I was sick with a sore throat. This routine has taken me into the new year and I hope to continue with it over the course of the next few months.
Morning Skincare Routine
- Herbalism – Face & Body Cleanser. $13.95. I love this face wash because it is exfoliating, yet gentle. It does not contain sulfates, so it does not have suds that can strip your skin of the oils that your skin actually needs.
- Oils of Life – Intensely Revitalizing Essence Lotion by The Body Shop. $22.00. This essence is a blend of oil and water that leaves your face feeling replenished and ready for the next step.
- Simple – Protecting Light Moisturizer SPF 15. Pretty self explanatory!
Nighttime Skincare Routine
1. DHC Deep Cleansing Oil $6.00 – This oil is perfect for removing makeup at the end of the day. Just add water
2. Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel $14.00 – Also removes oil and does not foam up. As you can see I am not a big fan of sulfates. This cleanser will most likely be a staple that I keep throughout the whole year.
3. Oils of Life – Intensely Revitalizing Essence Lotion $22.00.
4. Oils of Life – Intensely Revitalizing Facial Oil $36.00. An anti-aging skin oil containing three select seed oils.
5. Imperialis Moisturizer – $25.95. This balancing lavender cream works for most skin types and is the perfect night cream.
So far, I love all of these products and will continue to use them until they either run out or stop working. If anybody would like for me to go into further review on any of these products please just hit that comment button!