Let’s face it: no matter how often we might hear that we don’t need much to live and that we should be minimal about our objects, it isn’t that easy.
In fact, I used to cry over losing an earring or one of my favorite sport wool socks. I had every imaginable kitchen tool and I was convinced that having a crock pot was part of becoming an adult. I accumulated more cosmetics and perfumes as a makeup artist than I would be able to use over the next 10 years.
Cut to today and I have no bed, no kitchen table, no unnecessary frames and barely 3 plates. I use only coconut oil for my face, barely any makeup and I live in a 33 square meter flat with the love of my life and we are closer to living from water and fresh roses than we ever were.
So what changed?
Well, I did. I travelled around, moved across the sea with only that one red luggage. For a whole year, I didn’t miss my favorite mug or any of my clothes. When I came back ‘’home’’ a year later, I sold everything leftover to my brother before doing the full move and become an expat!
Do we all need dramatic changes in our lives to change? Although it might help, I don’t believe so. You can start changing little by little. All we need is to make a single decision that things can be different; that we can be different. If you are in a place in your life right now where you feel like there is too much of everything; or if you would like to create more space in your mind by decluttering your space, I strongly advise you to be clear about your intention.
Write to yourself why it is important for you to have fewer things and be more minimal.
For me, living this way made me realise how little we actually need to be happy and pursue our dreams. Of course, I still like to indulge in a yummy restaurant or grab little luxuries like a coffee to go. But I no longer depend on material items anymore to feel at home or to be comfortable somewhere. And it’s benefited me in ways I did not expect.
The house can be cleaner since there are fewer things. It’s almost impossible to lose something and you can actually make sure that you care for everything you have, as you grow more comfortable letting go of things you no longer need.
It’s benefited me when I am travelling and still need to work on my business. I am able to maintain my productivity even away from my usual “zone” because the zone isn’t just about the material things that make it up. It also allows me to feel in control of what I truly have an understanding of the power our day-to-day objects can take in our mind if we allow them too.
Actually, being free from most things, I find myself having much more place in my mind to think and be free.
The funny thing is that the skills you will earn from living a minimal lifestyle are everything you need to succeed in business.
- Letting go of clothes that are not suiting you anymore is not far from letting go of clients that don’t align with your vision
- Having fewer things and focusing on what you have and own will reflect in how you organise yourself and how tidy your computer files are
- Only owning things that you adore and care for will get you better at having a strong brand identity that you can stick too
- Being comfortable with less and having your happiness internal instead of external will prepare you for adversity
It all starts with an intention to live differently. The goal is not to empty your house tomorrow, but to build a different mindset and outlook on things so that you can efficiently transition towards a minimal lifestyle that will benefit you in all areas of your life. You are the key to your success and to your happiness.
I will be starting a small series to bring you step-by-step towards being satisfied with less and fulfilled because of who you are rather than what you have. Stay tuned for next week’s article as we cover the first theme which is: Decluttering your clothes and letting go.
Take a deep breath. Air is truly all that you need.
French-Canadian Expat in Berlin, my name is Marjolaine, but you can call me Bow. I m a Yoga Teacher, Female Founder, Mindfulness Coach & Pop Singer. I maintain a balance between two worlds with a calm and worry-free mind. Aside from my Mindful Business, you can find my first dream-pop album ”We Better Enjoy Now on Spotify! After travelling & living abroad for over three years, I understand the reality of young entrepreneurs & digital nomads. We all want to live fully, but we sometimes get lost in the midst of life. Are you ready to bloom and discover mindfulness as a tool for change? Are you ready to get one step closer to living your most beautiful & exciting life starting today?
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