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Letting go is freeing

Letting go shouldn’t be hard. It’s a voluntary choice.

I think I’ve learned about myself a lot by trying to live a simple life and keep my possession and wants to the minimal. Sometimes, I do wonder if I might be missing many things in life by wanting and having less, and afraid my drive to strive is lessen by my contentment of everything around me, along with the fact that I have the urge to always reduce what I already have now.

But, no. So far, not at all. In fact, by freeing my time and space for other stuff I’m not so sure about, I give myself the opportunity to pursue more and work harder on the few important things that remains, such as this blog and writing practice in general.

Writing does play a big part in my life. Writing doesn’t cost money but it contributes to my well being; to my sanity, acts as a form of self-expression and it’s my sense of accomplishment.

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Top 3 Blogs on Simple Living and Minimalism

I really enjoy (read: need) the existence of simple living and minimalism websites on the internet. they feed me with inspiration and assurance that I’m not the only one who feel good with this lifestyle.

Today I will share with all of you, my Top 3 blogs that I read on simple living and minimalism.

I will always come back to these three picks, especially during early of the month when I get my salary banked in into my account and very tempted to go shopping. I guess it works every time, though not entirely.

1. Zen Habits

This is the first blog I encounter on minimalism and simple living.

The word Zen comes from a Japanese school of Mahayana Buddhism emphasizing the value of meditation and intuition. The word now is widely used to describe a total state of focus that incorporates the togetherness of body and mind. Zen involves dropping illusion and seeing things without distortion created by our own thoughts.

To put it straightforwardly, for me Zen is mindfulness and clarity.

Zen Habits blog is about finding simplicity and mindfulness in the daily chaos of our lives. It’s about clearing the clutter so we can focus on what’s important, create something amazing, and find happiness.

The author’s name is Leo Babauta, lived in Davis, California with his wife and six kids. Other than his good content on minimalism, I really enjoy his writing style and the consistent, refreshing, and eye-opening insight on this life we’re living.

2. The Minimalists

They are really THE minimalist. This iconic duo have inspired many people and more people in this journey.

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus has help over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and documentary. The Minimalists have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Forbes, TIME, ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, CBC, and NPR.

They are currently on road tour all over the United States to educate people on simple living lifestyle.

I’m a die hard fan of these two, I’m really touched by their stories on how they started, something that I totally can relate to. And I also love listening to their podcast. Their cheerful attitude and their sense of humor, I think I can finish their episodes all at once, in one time – if I have the time.

3. Cait Flanders

Her blog is famous with No Shopping Ban which I tried to do 2 months back. It was partly successful, to be fair.

In the past five years, Cait Flanders has paid off her debt, completed a two-year shopping ban, embraced minimalism and gotten rid of 75% of her belongings and now she’s living a life as how she always wanted to. Reading her journey makes me realize that everything is possible when we have clear goals along with strong determination to achieve it.

It’s not easy but it gets easier and it’s worth it.

So, that’s all from me and my recommendation. Go check out the three blogs and hopefully, you’ll be inspired. Toodles!

 

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Journey to minimalism

I can’t remember exactly how did I come to encounter the idea of minimalism and become soo into it.

Early this year, I tried to minimize my online accounts – emails, social media, subscriptions and while trying to get help from Mr. Google, I found this article:-

Simple Living Manifesto: 72 Ideas to Simplify Your Life

I start to do some of the things on the list. I remember feeling so good when I started to list down my priority and learning to let go – things, people or something I was doing that didn’t really spark joy. It is so freeing and I could feel like I’m more in control with every little things I own and the activities I do in my daily life. Everything that remains serves a purpose and brings value to my life. Everything sparks joy.

The word, spark joy itself I first heard from watching Marie Kondo’s video helping people cleaning their house. I’ve abused that word since then.

Then, I started to become so fascinated with travelers living in a backpack everywhere around the world. For me, they are the ultra-minimalist with the ultimate freedom I could possibly feel.

It also makes me want to fall in love seeing a happy couple living off the grid, working in a farm making their own food with no mortgage and commitment. Life is so simple but they are happy. It makes me cry.

And thanks to Youtube, and Google for showing all of that.

My point is, these are just different way people finding themselves more and being happy by living with less. I start searching for my own way to ‘optimize’ my life. From stuff to relationship, to commitment and routine. Though some of them are not so successful like the #minsgame I tried to pull on Instagram, that doesn’t mean the process doesn’t happen.

I can proudly say now, that I already have the mindset and the habit in me.

I haven’t bought any new items of clothing for sooo longgg already, so long that a tree could grow. I’m feeling pretty adequate with myself and with whatever I have right now. I do have some wishlist, but I’m giving them time and enough research so I don’t have to buy two or three of the same things just because this one is lack of something and the other one is lack of another thing, if you get what I mean. And it’s so awesome whenever I follow my friends to go shopping, have quite a lot of money in my wallet and still being able to say, “No, I don’t need that. I’m good” – to the temptation. So firm, it annoys my friends.

Minimalism in a way, also helps me to say no. It’s something I’m struggling with for quite a long time.

and being a minimalist doesn’t mean that you’re a cheapskate as how I used to believe before, though it does relate to frugality, but that’s really optional and not really the core of living with less. Instead, being mindful about what you keep around you makes you wanna invest more. I’ve slightly increased my standard on things that I buy because I only want to have the best one thing instead of too many just-OK things. This leads me to really question what’s important to me and discover my very own taste in everything, not just following the trend or the friends.

Ohh I’m sorry this post is getting lengthy already. I’ll write again tomorrow insyaAllah. Stay tune if you’re interested to know more about my journey to minimalism.

As salamu alaykum and good night!

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