Simple living is being self-sufficient and satisfied with whatever we have.
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 is not material. Writing doesn’t cost money. But Writing contributes to my well being; to my sanity, acts as a form of self-expression and it’s my sense of accomplishment. Writing does play a big part in my life.
And other than my own instinct to get better everyday, 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.
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.
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.
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!