People ask me how I come up with new things to write about. First, I pay attention to what’s going on in my own life, what I struggle with, and how that might be helpful to others.
Next, I use your feedback. I get that through email, social media and in response to a survey I did at the beginning of the year. Almost 1500 people responded to this question …
What is the #1 challenge or frustration in your life right now?
Some of the answers were similar, but it’s safe to say that I could write consistently for the next few years and still have more solutions to share based on that survey question alone.
One challenge that came up more than once was figuring out how to become a minimalist without missing out. Some people think simple living is a sacrifice, and becoming a minimalist means missing out on things.
I’ve found that the opposite is true.
1. Living with less provides tremendous freedom.
Since we downsized from a big house to a small apartment, we spend more time in the world and less time taking care of all the stuff and space. Owning less has given our family tremendous freedom to travel, and do other things we love.
2. Creating boundaries makes room to expand in all directions.
Limits and boundaries won’t restrict you. Instead they will define how you spend your time and give you great leverage to say no to things that aren’t important to you. You’ll free up time, space, and attention to expand in any direction you choose. And, you’ll have great clarity on what the best direction is.
3. Minimalism makes sure you don’t miss out on the things that mean most to you.
When life is about more, more, more, you are always missing out on something because you are dealing with all the things, instead of the most meaningful things and opportunities. The more you edit your life, the more intentional you become about how you spend your time.
While you may do less, you’ll choose the things that mean the most, and have the attention and energy to be engaged and truly enjoy what you are doing. Don’t be surprised if you actually look forward to missing the things that you used to do because you felt obligated, or fearful of missing out. Trade your F.O.M.O. (fear of missing out) for J.O.M.O. (Joy of missing out)
I can tell you what I think, but the only way to know for sure is to experiment. You don’t have to overhaul your life to experience the benefits of simple living.
Instead, try a minimalist challenge like dressing with less with minimalist fashion challenge Project 333 or get rid of the clutter with The 30 Day Minimalism Game. If you are really ready to let go and get light, try them both at the same time.
After 30 – 90 days, compare what you missed to what you gained. If your life changed in a meaningful way, keep going.