I’m excited to have a guest on the blog today – Jess Blanche!
The idea of becoming a minimalist can feel pretty overwhelming when you think about all the things you’d have to give up. And that’s why I don’t view minimalism this way! When I decided to adopt a minimalist lifestyle, I decided to focus on what I was going to gain, rather than what I would have to go without. This perspective alone was monumental for me, but something else that helped too was changing my language. Instead of saying “I have to get rid of _____.” I said “I choose to opt out of _____ so I can have more _____ in my life.” This shift in language forced me to take responsibility for my happiness and kept me intentional about my actions, and that was empowering as hell!
Here’s a short list of some things I’ve opted out of…
-negative self talk
-giving Bath & Body Works my email address, no matter how many times they ask
-owning trinkets or meaningless decorative items
-keeping clothes I don’t wear
-defending myself to haters or people who need to be right
-buying any more Starbucks collectors mugs (this one has been surprisingly hard)
-emails from business coaches whose advice I don’t need
-buying anything because I “might need it one day”
-mindlessly scrolling Facebook
When I opted out of these things, I then naturally made room for the things that really mattered to me and wanted to have more of in my life.
Which were things like…
-the ability to contribute time or money
-more meaning in my day to day life
If you want to start getting intentional about the way you feel and what you experience,
1. First change your mindset. By letting go of what’s no longer serving you, you’re making room for what will. Adopt the belief that you’re gaining, not losing.
2. Next, start using empowering language, like “I choose to” instead of “I have to”. This will help you realize that everything in your life is a choice (which also means you have the power to change anything you want!)
3. Then do an inventory of all the things you’re opted into that aren’t serving you. Remove them one by one, and as the clutter clears away you’ll start to find more clarity around what you truly want in your life. This clarity, along with the self confidence you’ll be building from taking all that positive action, will keep you motivated to keep going.
Before you know it you’re going to have a much fuller life, and when you view minimalism this way, less actually is more.
What would you like more of in your life? What do you need to let go of to make room for it? Let me know in the comments!
A little bit about the author:
Always a minimalist at heart, Jess jumped in with both feet when she moved from the US to Ireland in 2015. Purging pretty much everything she owned was so freeing that she never looked back. As a recovering shopping addict, minimalism isn’t always an easy path for Jess, but her search for more meaning and finding happiness in the little things keeps her going. Currently, Jess is a life coach living in Wisconsin with her husband and fur baby, as they make plans to travel