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!