Welcome to Only What’s Essential.
In late 2014, I stumbled across the minimalism movement by chance. I’m not sure how I found it, but suddenly this new world opened up to me. I devoured blog post after blog post, reading about this group of individuals who were living their lives simply and intentionally. So differently to the way that the world tells us to live. Bloggers like Becoming Minimalist, The Minimalists, Be More With Less were a revelation to me. THIS was how I wanted to live.
I started by cleaning out the house. I went through room after room and sorted through the clutter – donating, giving away or throwing out years and years worth of clutter. In 2015, I found Marie Kondo and went through the process again – keeping items that ‘spark joy’ or add value to my life and letting go of those which don’t.
I found Project 333 and Un-Fancy and rethought the way I structured my wardrobe and my attitude to the clothes I buy. I stopped buying cheap clothes to boost my mood (which I then never wore, or which lost their shape after one wash), and starting planning my wardrobe, thinking about my purchases and buying clothes that last.
Through the year, I changed my approach to living. I stopped buying aimlessly. I thought about my purchases. Do I need this? Will I use this? How does this fit into my life? I wouldn’t say that I have it nailed, but I’m getting much better at buying wisely.
I changed the way I approached my activities. Experiences are the thing that life is made of. I prioritised the things that make my life better, exercise, adventure and relationships. This one is hard to do, and I’m still working on it – as so often life gets in the way of living.
Lastly, I changed the way I eat. I have coeliac disease, which already meant I had to be careful with my food (as well as being lactose intolerant – it’s fun!). But I decided to research and become more intentional with my food choices. I decided to follow a low carbohydrate high fat diet after reading extensively on the role that carbohydrates and sugar (fructose in particular) play in weight gain. If you’re interested (or think I’m a crackpot) – consider reading Sweet Poison by David Gillespie or watching That Sugar Film and let me know what you think.
Now it’s 2016 and I am motivated to make more changes. I’m starting my ‘Year of Living Dangerously’ – changing how I live to become closer to my idea of a good and happy life. My first step is to write on this blog daily to keep a track of, and also keep accountable on what I want to achieve. My next step is to DO!
So that’s me in a nutshell. I hope you’ll bear with me as I get the hang of this blogging thing. I’d love to hear from you, tell me what you think – what you like, don’t like. What you’d like to hear more or less of. I’ll do my best to make this the best it can be.
Thank you for joining me and I look forward to making 2016 great