Less is More.

I know this isn't art related but this is something I'd like to share with my fellow readers :)

A few months ago, I came across this trailer for an upcoming documentary about Minimalism. For a gal like me that loves simplicity, this 1:10 video stuck to me. 

Months later, thoughts of this video came back to me and I decided to look up more videos about it. It led me to this Ted Talks video with The Minimalists themselves, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. So motivating, so inspirational!

 

If you're not in the mood to watch these videos, basically Minimalism is a lifestyle. It's a sense of freedom from worry, stress, discontent, depression and clutter.

We live in a world where we were brought up to strive for this "American Dream" and trying to obtain that rich life that everyone seems to covet every single day. Having a career that pays well, having a big house, an expensive car, the latest gadgets & fashion items and just accumulating so much in order to give us this temporary happiness. There's definitely nothing wrong with any of these things, but when you have too much of it, when you feel that you've got everything you've wished for...it ends up making you less happy. 

Now, I'm no where near being rich. I've always told myself that when I get married and have my own family that we will live a simple life. I don't want to spend my money on material things because honestly, I was never really materialistic to begin with. Sure, a gal loves a good pair of shoes but I'm not going to go buy a new pair every week or when I get my paycheck. I've learned to spend my money on items that I can see myself wearing for years and not items that are in trend and will eventually go out of style (quick.) 

And I shit you not, literally after watching this Ted Talks video I started cleaning out my closet!

Earlier this year when I did some Spring cleaning, I donated 4 trash bags full of clothes, shoes and miscellaneous things I didn't need. I didn't think I would be compiling the same amount a few months later! These items were most likely the ones that were on my "Just In Case" list and now that I've come to my senses, I'm finally letting these go. 

I'm sure it's going to take a few weeks or so or even months to get to where I need to be in this Minimal lifestyle, but I'm so ready for it. I'm tired of getting stressed over little things and being in bad moods. They say when your room is cluttered and messy, your mind is cluttered and messy as well. I want to feel that true happiness when I'm surrounded by less stuff. I can focus on my art, and I mean TRULY focus on my art. I want to focus on the things that are most important.

I started this 21 day Meditation that my sister recommended to me and honestly, it has really been hard for me to concentrate. I feel that if I were to get rid of all the clutter, I think I would have a better experience with meditating. Let's see if I feel any difference in the coming months!

My motto in life is and will always be, "Spend less on material things and MORE on experiences." My ultimate dream in life is to travel and instead of constantly daydreaming about places I want to see, I can make it happen if I continue to save my money rather than spending it on things that will only bring me temporary happiness. Traveling is such an amazing experience and it's something that brings you true happiness because it contains memories, and no one can take that away from you. Memories are more valuable than a new Louis Vuitton bag. Just saying. 

If you guys are interesting in my journey, let me know and I'll be sure to update about it when I can.

And I shall leave you with these:

...take a look at your day-to-day lives. Take a look at whatever eats up the majority of your time. Is it checking email, or facebook, or watching TV? Is it shopping online or at retail stores? Is it working hard for a paycheck to buy stuff you don’t need? Things that won’t make you happy? Now, it’s not that we think that there’s anything inherently wrong with material possessions or working a 9-5. There’s not. We all need some stuff. We all have to pay the bills, right? It’s just that, when we put those things first, we tend to lose sight of our real priorities. We lose sight of life’s purpose. And so maybe getting some of the excess stuff out of the way, clearing the clutter from our lives can help us all focus on, well, everything that remains. Things like health, relationships, growth, contribution... community.
— Joshua Fields Millburn
Not a perfect life, not even an easy life, but a simple one.
— Ryan Nicodemus