Are you feeling stressed, scatterbrained, and cluttered? Minimalism can help you clear that away. Here’s how you can feel fresh, focused, and inspired.
You may have recently heard people talking about Minimalism, and here’s why.
Imagine yourself walking into a room filled with light. There is a large window looking out to trees, a comfy chair, and a side table with a cup of tea, a journal & pen, and a phone. You have 20 minutes to sit before you walk into an appointment. What would you do? What would you think about?
Without anything around to distract you, would you start to think about and act on the most important parts of your life? Maybe you would take the quiet moment to breathe. Maybe you would start to jot down your next big idea for your business or creative project. Maybe you would call your mom.
With whatever action you choose to take, there is no denying that the minimalism aesthetic of the room would help you realize and focus on what matters to you most. And that, my friends, is what minimalism is all about.
By definition, it is, “a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity.” Merriam-Webster
But over the past few years, it has taken on a whole new layer of meaning and has become a way of life for many. You may have heard of it and thought, “Oh, it’s just a hipster thing.” But it’s taking modern society by storm, and for good reason.
The Minimalists are well known advocates of minimalism. They are corporate workers turned bloggers, then transformed into writers, public speakers, and filmmakers. To them, “Minimalism is a tool that can assist you in finding freedom.” To sum it up in one sentence, on their site, they say, “Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important- so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.” You can read about their approach here, or watch their documentary on Netflix or here. They even host a podcast, which is perfect for learning on the go.
After exploring the concept a bit and figuring out if it can help you, make sure to visit again for more information and “how to’s” on minimalism.
So, simply, cheers!
Photo of me by Jennifer East