Minimalism. Simplification. Less. It seems like all of these are words we're hearing buzz around the internets these days. With this book topping the bestseller charts and the authors name becoming a verb, it seems our culture is seeing a bit of a backlash against materialism and consumerism.
I have to say, I'm really happy that Minimalism is having it's moment. As I've been digging deeper into my own own beliefs, I've also been digging deeper into the principles behind the minimalism movement. As I learn more, I'm finding my own desires line up and come into better focus, which I feel has been something I've been waiting to happen for a VERY long time.
Along with this newfound understanding, I've started to feel a certain amount of discomfort with my habits and choices. As I strive to make my heart and my intentions line up, I'm taking a good hard look at the parts of my life where I feel like I'm really falling down in this desire to be authentic. To do that, I'm going to have to get real and simplify.
To combat that guilt and discomfort I'm beginning a big personal project to pull myself together. I'm setting goals to bring my spending and materialism to a minimum and making my commitment to the important things in my life my chief priority.
To make this successful, I'm going to have to do this my own way. I'm going to use lists and learning to help me find the right way to do this. I know it would be irresponsible of me to trash everything I own and be overzealous. So this is going to be a slow process and I'm hoping to share it all here. I'm hoping that this will provide me with the kind of motivation I need to stick with this and keep things in perspective.
I'm interested to know if this is something you are thinking about? Have you noticed the minimalism trend as well? If so, what are your thoughts? I wonder if it has anything to do with this quiet rebellion against big brands and cheap goods that is going on right now. If so, I think it's safe to say that we have the hipsters to thank for helping all of us come to our senses and spend wisely on quality goods. Who'da thunk? Three cheers for hipsters!