Like all the other minimalists, I write
Hello. I’m A’ishah Kamaludin from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This is my personal blog.
Improving myself with minimalism
This blog is about minimalism, it records insights and snippets on my journey to become a better person.
Who am I?
I am an author and poet, a geophysicist 9-5, a speaker (spoke at few events on minimalism – one of them, Tedx!) and more importantly I am a mother of two beautiful kids. My kids are #1 on my priority list.
My life is great and tragic at the same time. I guess that’s how life really is for everyone, fluctuating at its best.
I was an always-A student – received a scholarship, graduated and straight away landed myself a good job in the country. I got married early and safely delivered two cute babies. Life was great. My husband (now ex) followed whatever the hell I said until he divorced me few years ago.
That was the deepest mark on my smooth sailing early life.
The divorce affected every inch of my life. My social life. My job. My physical appearance. (Somehow) my self-confidence and intelligence. It made me feel zero, living in the nothingness.
However, I know that I have to stay strong for my kids. After dwelling in the ‘hole’ for a few months, I tried to climb myself up, rebuilding myself. Just like death, the divorce ended my life – but I was reborn.
Minimalism is one of my answers. It helps me to stay focus in drawing the line of importance and distraction. It keeps me away from comparing myself with other people – not just around possession but also status – who/what/where I am in my life.
People always say that I have the IDGAF face – some say it’s a model-like face which I successfully translated into a freelance modeling career, but it’s more of self-exploration than a real career for me.
Minimalism materializes that face into my being. It stops me from giving an F about what other people think or say about me. That is a very valuable trait/skill that we need in the fast pace of communication era where we always know what other people are up to and how they live their life.
My other interests: Poetry, enriching kids through storytelling and creating art, content creation (image, sound, video), relationship psychology and corporate communication.
My message to you
Focus on yourself instead of your possession. Internal rather than external.
Do things that you love. Explore your potential.
Don’t do things just to impress others, and don’t stop doing something because you’re worried about what other people think about you.
Minimize your distractions, maximize you.