In my most recent post I discussed my encounter with Josh (from The Minimalists) and Becca (Minimal Wellness). I wanted to elaborate a little (and open up a bit) as far as what led me to these amazing humans and my journey with minimalism and intentional living, as well as share a few resources. I’m sure that minimalism will be a recurring theme as I continue to share with whoever is out there… 😉
Toward the end of 2015, I knew I needed to make some changes, but I didn’t know where to begin. Post-divorce (a year prior), I had purchased a 2,400 square ft. townhome close to work for just me and my pup. It was beautiful – and too expensive for me – but spacious enough to hold all of the crap that accumulated in my 30 years of life, plus a great deal that my parents had collected over three decades of marriage. Yet again, I had entered into a great deal of debt for a home that would take me as long to pay off as the years I had already spent on this planet.
Nevertheless, I was glad to be in a nice home and close to work. But then my organization decided to move our office, and I realized that I had no friends or family nearby either. I couldn’t easily see the people I loved, I didn’t love the area, and I was no longer close to work. After less than a year in the home, I decided to sell.
When I thought about selling the townhome, I cringed at the thought of sorting through all of the stuff that was neatly tucked away in the garage and in closets and in attics (oh my!). I had mastered the art of hiding the chaos and clutter just enough to forget about it … until I couldn’t anymore.
I somehow hit a breaking point and began watching documentaries about intentional living, reading books and articles about decluttering, and investing time in learning more about minimalism. I became obsessed with the idea of getting rid of all the sh*t and moving into a small space that felt more manageable so I could focus on the things that really mattered to me. Sad thing was, I didn’t really even know what mattered to me then, but more on that in another post … 🙂
At the beginning of 2016, I stumbled upon a podcast from The Minimalists. I was hooked immediately and fervently caught up on the podcasts I had missed. I began listening to them weekly and studying their blog. I knew that their message, which was the complete opposite of they way I had been living my entire life, was exactly what I’d been longing for.
I began reevaluating the choices I had made, such as how I spent my time and who I spent my time with. I began eliminating the excess (and I had a LOT of it) by using strategies they shared, as well as others I found online and in other books and articles. Josh and Ryan’s message was the push I needed to make massive change, and I am forever grateful. The change was slow and I’m still working at it, but I now have a different job, home, partner and, most importantly, outlook on life. I am finally living a life that aligns more with my values (more on that later as well), and I owe a ton of that to The Minimalists and the minimalist community.
If you are unfamiliar with The Minimalists or the minimalist movement, their website is a great place to start. A few other resources that might be helpful are:
- Minimal Wellness
- Minimalism: A Documentary about the Important Things (available on Netflix and other platforms)
- Be More with Less (Courtney Carver)
- Find your local minimalist FB group (or join the online minimalist community on FB)
- Becoming Minimalist (Joshua Becker)
I felt completely overwhelmed and unfulfilled. I had no clue what was missing or where to begin making changes. There are so many people who have changed my life, and it just so happens that many of the most impactful are complete strangers. I suppose social media can be a wonderful thing sometimes. 😉 If you are feeling stuck, perhaps one or more of the above resources can help. I hope that over time I might be able to as well. 🙂
P.S. This image was taken a month or so ago on Lake McDonald at Glacier National Park in Montana. I can’t wait to return.