The Journey to Minimalism

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I am a student of life.

And now I find myself studying simplicity.

I am so passionate in mastering it. I am so passionate in living it.

Studying becomes more fun when you find like-minded people who find your interests also interesting.

So for that friend (yes, Tets, this is you 🙂 ) who has the yearning to learn more, let me share the materials I go back to again and again to pick up pieces of wisdom and guidelines on how to live with my enough.

My List

http://zenhabits.net/

Before I embraced the concept of minimalism, I have been a fan of Leo Babauta’s Zen Habits. I learned a lot from him. From time management, to purging my stuff, to being more meditative, to enjoying simple pleasures in life.

http://www.rowdykittens.com/

I discovered Tammy Strobel’s blog during one of my life’s turning points (which I have a lot). Her Tiny House motivated me and made me excited in living with intentionality in a small space and yet still living  a full life. I am currently living in a tiny place and am loving it.

http://bemorewithless.com/

I discovered Courtney Carver through Tammy Strobel. Minimalists gravitate toward each other. Courtney has a lot of great projects and challenges which will push your forward to really living a simple life. Last January, I joined her course A Simple Year  which basically discusses minimalist concepts for one whole year. Go check it out.

http://living-simply-free.com/

I am not sure how I found Lois site but I will be always grateful. Her thoughts are very insightful, thought-provoking and motivating. Her projects are amazing and her personality and love of the environment exudes through her words. She also replies and converses to her followers! Her posts are addicting.

http://www.becomingminimalist.com/

Joshua Becker’s journey to the life of minimalism and his insight on the lifestyle is encouraging. He shows minimalism also works even with a growing family.

http://www.theminimalists.com

I have seen their posts in passing several times before but never really found time to read. But when I started with one, I got hooked. Find time to read their books too and watch their videos on Youtube. They are very inspiring not to mention cute (no, I did not say that).

http://zerowastehome.blogspot.com/

This can be a little too radical for many but I must be crazy because I am dreaming of this, to live a zero waste home. How will it happen, I have no idea. But I am open for possibilities.

Happy learning!

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Intentional Living

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Indonesia : August 2013

I was seated on my bed, back on the wall, sunshine gushing through my window, eating room service food after housekeeping has just made up my room.

I was googling about a place which I was contemplating if I will call my next home should I agree on it. Next home. I must be crazy. Life has been so good to me already. I am living in the most luxurious resort North Sumatra has to offer with all my needs provided and with me not needing to spend even a single Rupiah to live. And I am still getting fat at that.

Move? I must be crazy.

I am. I have proven it time and time again.

So I continued googling and that’s when I happened on Tammy’s blog, http://www.rowdykittens.com, which talks about her minimalist lifestyle and the Tiny House movement. I was smitten. I devoured her blog, bought her book, checked out more blogs and got my eureka.

That is what I wanted.

A minimalist life, a purposeful life, a life with enough.

I guess everything fell in perfectly. I was starting to question the kind of life I was living. On how come I still don’t feel deliriously happy even if I got what I thought I want. That somehow I was missing on life.

I wouldn’t have made the jump to the new adventure life was offering me if not armed with the concepts of the lifestyle of minimalism.

Everything just makes sense.

Almost a year since that introduction to intentional living and I am still breathing it. Not perfectly as I still have a lot of things to learn and practice. But well on the way as everything I do now just makes more sense.

The Value of Living With Enough

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I live a simple life. Or at least I try to.

I have been in this lifestyle intentionally for almost a year now. I am not yet 100% successful but it is where I want to be.

Why do I like it?

Because it just makes more sense.

It made me realize palpably that accumulation of stuff does not make you happy. Not at all.

It strengthened my belief that experiences rather than material things improve one’s well-being and happiness.

It made me comprehend that living with less does not decrease my quality of life. If not, it really adds more.

It made me appreciate that the things that really matter does not come with a price.

And lastly it made me understand that the more I consume the more that I am doing disservice to the future by using up materials and energy that the future generation could still enjoy.

Life makes much more sense now ever since I started living with my enough.

When Necessity Arises

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My eyes are almost falling as I type this. I just got home.

Today is my official day of going to the gym. I was actually looking forward to this day the whole holiday period as my clothes started to get tighter and tighter. I realized it’s not funny anymore when it becomes a struggle just to choose find a top or a dress that will fit. Seriously, my choices now are very limited. And before this weight issue aggravates, I have decided to do some serious intervention.

Funny because as I was trying to chase the 7:30 PM Pilates class today, I was trying to escape another eating gathering where I stuffed myself full. When will this eating end?! I guess never.

Where does simplicity figure in all of these? I hope that with this awareness of always choosing to simplify, I will always be reminded that not everything I see on the table will go in my mouth. I have to learn how to be picky and only choose what’s enough.

I had a 30-minute cardio after the 1 hour Pilates class. The machine said I lost 104 kcal from that exercise aside from the aching muscles the stretching from Pilates will probably give me tomorrow morning when I wake up. I have no idea how that number translates to any amount of food. I hope the soda I shamelessly drank this lunch was washed away somehow.

Tomorrow, I am going to meet my trainer for an initial assessment so he can create my proper program. I am so ready to lose those 3 layers (can you believe it?) of bilbil that popped out of nowhere (ok, so I partially concede that a layer or two of that was the accumulation of my cola and chips diet). And those cellulites? I am dying to see them gone, or at least a little bit inconspicuous.

Here’s to a healthier, fitter, (sexier, of course) me this 2014. Here’s to another area of my project of simplification.

I hope I get to wake up early again tomorrow for another set of cardio. I plan to be at the gym before the break of dawn and do at least another 30 minutes of treadmill walk before my official day begins.

Good luck to me.

I’ll keep you posted.

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Why Another Blog?

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I have a (bad?) habit of creating a new blog every time something new happens in my life. Here goes another one.

In 2013, I got so hooked into reading a lot of materials about simplicity, minimalism, living with enough. I was fascinated reading the journey of people from “materialism” to minimalism. From complexity to simplicity. From too much to just enough.

My soul got tickled as each and every material I devoured resonated. Until I resolved to pare down my life and live with my enough.

I am nowhere near the simple life I imagine (heck I haven’t even fully grasped what version of simplicity I really want). But I dream of that. I long for that.

Hence this blog, a chronicle of my attempt to Les’ simple life.

Whatever it may mean.

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