Finding minimalism was one of those magic lightbulb moments. That kind of kismet that rarely happens. Stars aligning etc etc etc.
I think about six months before I embraced minimalism, I’d stumbled across a link on a cousin’s Facebook page. It was about gifts for children if you don’t want to give them material things. I was intrigued. I read it even though I don’t have kids. I even showed my husband. I remember thinking how good it was that people were talking this way because, (IMO) kids are getting far too much junk these days, too much to ever appreciate. But as a non-parent, I don’t pretend to know that much about it.
The article planted a seed. But it did not fully take root until a bit later that year.
I resigned from my job at the end of November 2014. It had been an extremely stressful situation. I was feeling quite raw and vulnerable. But I was also ready for a change. I was open and receptive to the universe. Listening to things that may change the way I think. Looking for alternatives.
Through some excellent luck, I was put on ‘gardening leave’ for two months. It was the first time in my working life I’d had time. To stop, to relax and to really think and examine my life and where it was going.
I was hooked.
My husband has always been really intentional in his purchases. He was brought up very frugally and continued this into his adult life. He was already a ‘minimalist’ – but just didn’t have a name for it.
Over the years of our marriage (all five of them at that stage), I had changed my approach to money and purchasing due to his good influence. But I still was buying ‘things’ to fill holes in my life.
He was delighted that I’d finally come on board.
Minimalism taught me the practical day-to-day realities of ‘money doesn’t buy happiness’.
It’s taught me that it is people and experiences that matter, not things.
It’s helped me to prioritise what’s important in my life and inspired me to keep striving to live a life less ordinary, rather than mindlessly continue down the path I was on.
Ultimately, it’s made me a better person.
Big call, I know – but I think it’s true.
I’d be interested in hearing about how you found minimalism or what benefits it had brought to your life? I love hearing these origin stories – all different, but all with similarities.
So over to you!