Earlier this year I started a series on Minimalism, but somewhere along the line, I lost focus. You see, focus is key in everything we do in life. I’m saying this because, when you allow yourself to get distracted by things outside your focus point, it becomes difficult for you to stay on course. Before you know it, you are struggling, and you don’t know why. You have unconsciously allowed your mind to focus on things that don’t matter… at least to you.. your plans, goals, etc. You begin to wonder why things ‘seem’ hard and difficult when all along you’ve been on a path you are not supposed to be on. So, bringing it back to me, I will be sharing how minimalism translates to purposeful living for me.
As a minimalist, I’m supposed to be focused on basics, simplicity and essentials. However, this year, I must confess, I have allowed myself, once more to get carried away by going after brands, looking for partnerships and collaborations here and there, more than that, I have also been consumed by the utmost desire to set up a business (still on it) and it affected me so badly. I got to a point SEVERALLY where I thought of quitting on blogging (never on minimalism). What’s the point of blogging if you invest so much money and don’t get a single sponsored post? How about the pressure as a fashion blogger to Shop! Shop! Shop! But when you are a mom, with other mouths to feed, trust me, the last thing on your mind every time you go shopping isn’t clothes. So I became demoralised… Not to mention the need to wear really extra-stylish pieces from clothing to accessories and so on. Some days I want to type, but the words won’t flow…
Minimalism and Purposeful Living
How minimalism translates to purposeful living:
- It enables you to get rid of the desire to acquire more and more of items you don’t really need.
- It helps you prioritise better.
- It makes shopping easy.
- It empowers to save more than you splurge.
This focus on basic colors and prioritization is what makes minimalism purposeful. You just know exactly what you want and what you need. Sometimes, sales reps will try to convince you otherwise… they’ll begin to tell you stuff like, “We have it in red…” and I’m like, “If it’s not white, I’m not buying.”
With minimalism, there is no room for confusion. As a non-minimalist, I remember going into a shop, and instead of buying one item, you buy 3 of them just because they come in different colors. In reality, however, if you’ll be truthful, you know, you don’t need all of them. Finally, the point of minimalism is having a purpose for everything you do and own. In fashion and beauty, it means making sure every piece of clothing or product you own is necessary. As a minimalist, you can’t be a product junkie. It means all you have is all you need, what you don’t need, you throw out or give it out. You can’t be a hoarder, holding on to items that become junk…
Are you living purposefully? Do you think your wardrobe needs a minimal overhaul?
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