Concepts are far more powerful than facts or instructions. Whenever I want to make a change in my life, I look for flexible concepts which can be applied to a range of areas- the broader the better. Here are 5 which have had the biggest impact over the last year.
We are always told that the path to happiness is by achieving and getting more. Well what if it was actually the opposite?
It's easy to get sucked into reading about minimalism without ever taking the action. The value of this technique is that it can be begun anywhere, anytime. All you need to get started is paper, a pen, and an open mind.
One of the biggest barriers many people experience when transitioning into a minimalist lifestyle is letting go of sentimental
Society is obsessed with recreating poverty: we love our minimalism etc., but don't let them fool you with their pseudo barely-getting-by approach to life.
I spend quite a bit of time in online minimalist communities and reading blogs on the topic. As a result, I have seen many people adopt and then give up on this lifestyle. Over time, I have identified a few main reasons why this tends to happen.
Last year I realised that life is too short not to be doing something that you're passionate about and so with that I left a flourishing career in venture capital to move out to Uganda, East Africa. Rather than packing up my belongings and spending a fortune on storage I decided to sell everything instead.
Your wedding day is a celebration of your commitment to each other. The people there should be happy to celebrate with you over a five-course meal, or a burger and fries. It is about the love, not the day.
We also both agreed that we have received some incredibly thoughtful gifts ourselves for Christmas. However we have additionally been guilty of gifting, and being gifted, last minute indulgence purchases because we simply ran out of ideas or time.
Minimal living is easy: just start downsizing by giving away stuff - especially anything you haven't used in around a year. You'll be glad you did - you'll feel lighter, and scientists have even proven you will feel happier.