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Posted on May 29, 2013 in Inspiration, My Journey | 2 comments

Minimalism or Just a Simpler Life?

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I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind.
-Albert Einstein

I hesitate to use the word minimalist to describe myself. I have never counted my possessions, I don’t live in a tiny house, and I don’t make my own laundry detergent. In a way, I don’t feel that I live up to the examples that many have set for a minimalist life. These examples are inspiring, though. I do have a secret dream of living in a house made from recycled shipping containers with a view of the ocean like Carlana’s and this one, but for now, my life will not support this goal.

The core values of focusing on the people, activities and things that bring you joy and fulfilment, and eliminating those that do not, are the same. Reducing the clutter in my house has brought me a shocking amount of happiness. I only wish I knew this sooner. Reducing or eliminating the time I spend on activities that are done out of guilt or the desire to please everyone has brought even more happiness. Choosing to spend time with people who are moving towards their own dreams has been the best part of all.

Fortunately, we don’t need to live under a label, and there is room for every shade of simplicity.

 

What’s your dream?

 

 

Photo Credit: One Cool Habitat

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2 Comments

  1. I would like to live somewhere beautiful but simple, where I could just concentrate on writing

    • Me too, Samantha! This gives us something to work towards. For now, I have a place in my house that I can escape to for a few minutes in the morning, and a photo of the ocean. Maybe you could find a spot like that for now.

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