I’ve been practicing my own brand of minimalism, joy seeking minimalism for a little while now and I wanted to give a full report on what I have learned so far. It has definitely been a journey and it is also definitely a lifestyle change and while it was a welcome one, it wasn’t and still isn’t always an easy one. I’ve tried to let go of a lot of things that I felt like were holding me back. I let go of ill-fitting clothing, accessories I never wear, blankets I never use, books I never read, and decorations I never hung up. Surprisingly, this was the easiest part of the process. Letting go of stuff might seem hard, but once it’s gone, I realized I didn’t miss any of it. I kept all my favorite things so honestly, there was nothing to miss.
Then, it came time to take my new lifestyle choice and extend it past my possessions and into my actual life. Slowly, I have been trying to let go of my bad habits that I know are hindering my health. I’ve tried to drink less soda, eat less junk and fast food, and drink a few less vanilla lattes (which has been so hard!). As I said in my Molting post, when you let go and remove negative things from your life, you have room to fill that space with something better (or to allow God to fill it with something better). With eating less junk, I made way for myself to eat more veggies and fresh foods. Lately, I have become absolutely obsessed with salads and how wonderful I feel after a big, colorful bowl of veggies! I’ve started drinking more tea and finding more enjoyment from the vanilla lattes or other treats I do allow myself to have.
Another big aspect of this new lifestyle, is shopping less. Up until this point, I was an insatiable consumer that would spend money just for the quick high it brought. Now, I have tried to be far more mindful of my purchases. One thing that has really helped me achieve this is making lists of what I need. I tried to create a capsule wardrobe, but it didn’t work too well for me and it left me searching for another way to reign in my shopping and make the most of my closet. Now, after a good closet purge, I make a list of the things I actually need to replace or need to take me into the next season. I really enjoy shopping and shopping from a list is actually way more fun than mindlessly spending money on random things. When I shop from a list, I have all the items I need and am allowing myself to buy and have a budgeted or planned amount for each item. Shopping has become a fun scavenger hunt now of how I can find the perfect piece at the perfect price. And good Lord it is so much more rewarding to spend a month hunting for the perfect pair of jeans and finally finding them than picking up some sale tops you will never actually wear.
Shopping purposefully and eating out less has also freed up a little bit of space in my budget, and I have filled it with my Pure Barre classes. I attend Pure Barre a few times a week and am in love with the way it makes my body and mind feel.
As of right now, I don’t have that perfectly sparse apartment that is Pinterest worthy minimalism and I honestly don’t think I ever will. But I can tell you that I genuinely love the décor of my apartment and feel content and happy with the way it is, which is a beautiful feeling. I am nowhere near the end of this journey, but I am definitely starting to see how far I have come. I’m just so excited for the continuation of the road ahead. I have some plans to transition more of my healthier lifestyle into my blog and to maybe even inspire others to make a change within their own lives. Be on the lookout for some more lifestyle posts coming soon!
Shop my denim jacket below! I am really loving this denim jacket from Levi’s… It goes with everything.
Always Classy & Confused,