29 Responses to “Let Freedom Ring with Minimalism”

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  1. I’m not exactly a minimalist, but I subscribe to many of the principles. And I’d have to agree with what most of the experts say. Specifically, for me, it’s about the freedom to be able to take any opportunity that comes my way.

    I like to say that if someone calls me up today and says “Hey, want to come live in Paris for a month? I have a place you can stay” – I want to be able to say YES!

  2. I have loved this series Courtney! What a great group to inspire the rest of us on!
    I am still in the beginning stages of minimalizing the stuff in my life, although I have already cleared out a lot of my outside commitments (my J-O-B) being one of them! Now I am working to reduce the stuff and the debt, and the need for as much income so that my husband can also gain some freedom from a job he detests!
    Happy Wednesday!
    Bernice
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    • Courtney Carver

      Bernice, It sounds like you have your work cut out for you. Step by step, you will get there. Way to go on all the progress so far.

  3. Thanks to you for sharing this great idea and these insights!
    I must say all together they give an amazing idea of freedom AND power.
    Maybe we really can change the world, can’t we? :)

  4. Minimalism has empowered me to change my mindset from one of scarcity to one of enough. This has shifted my perspective on everything. I no longer can’t have a flat screen tv because I’m broke, and angry about it. Now I choose not to watch tv and waste my money and time. I feel like I have choices again. I have some control over my life and aren’t just at the whims of a job, commitments or financial constraints.

  5. I totally relate to the description of Freedom – but my word to sum it up would be ‘choice’. Because of my simple life (I still shy away from the term minimalism) I get to chose what I do, with whom and when. This covers all aspects of my life from paid work, voluntary work, social life and home life. I have freedom from obligation – it truly is liberating.

    • Courtney Carver

      Jo – that makes so much sense. When you are overwhelmed, you make decisions based on reaction and fear instead of true choice.

  6. I have really enjoyed this series and it brings a smile to my face that you extended the series to end on an uplifting note. I am thrilled for all of these “experts” success and I am experiencing some of the same in my life, in glimpses. I love subtraction en route to multiplication!

  7. Barb

    I have enjoyed discovering other writers through this series. I don’t know that I’ll ever call myself a minimalist, but I ehjoy the simpler lifestyle. I live in the land of enough and it brings amazing serenity.

    • Courtney Carver

      Barb, The Land of Enough is a great place to be. The last post in my “Land of Enough” series is actually this Friday. Stay tuned!

  8. Freedom in life is exactly what I want.

    Freedom from stress, from clutter, from having no time to enjoy life, from trying to fit it, from fear, from not doing what I want to do, and from looking back and wondering where did all the time go.

    The journey into simplicity certainly brings breakthrough in many areas that hold us back.

  9. I think being a minimalist would be perfect. I do keep trying but every two years i have a child (i have 4) come back from university stay for a while, then leave, leaving a few bits a pieces just in case they might need it later. At the moment i still live in the big family house but come september my youngest daughter will go off to university and i have warned my other children who wander in and out that my house will be half the size and my stuff a quarter of what it is right now. I do keep clearing out a draw or a cupboard and not quite putting everything back, until they buy or leave something else :)

  10. AM

    These responses sound much like transference from several undiagnosed psychological symptoms, if one feels the need to move from city to city than it is most likely not one’s geographical location that is at fault. These responses leave out the possibility of one’s employment bringing satisfaction and a sense of accomplishment that is garnered from that employment. From what I gather the several jobs that have been quit by the posters where most likely dead-end jobs to begin with, which points to poor life choices that lead up to the job as the reason for the lack of satisfaction and not the acquisition of durable goods purchased with wages earned from such employment. I completely agree with personal financial responsibility, but as an educated adult I find the conclusion that riding my bike in the rain to the grocery store and coming home to an empty studio apartment as pure deflection from the psychological condition and life choices that caused the stress and dissatisfaction to begin with.

    • Howdy, AM!

      You know, as an LCSW, I have learned several things:

      1) All of us can be labeled one thing or another, even the most educated and healthiest in the bunch.
      2) Anything is possible.
      3) Happiness is in the heart of the happy.

      If I come “home” in my little car, and choose to ride my bike in the rain, and then come home to YOU glowingly and laughingly wet, grabbing you and dancing around on our bare wooden floor without care for tripping over objects, would that be so bad? :)
      I can always dry my clothes, my blood is pumping better from the exercise, and I still have a car so I can have a home wherever I may roam.

      I’m a very recent actual nomad, but wanderlust has always been in my blood. I do however, acknowledge that there ARE those who are very happy living in one place, working the same job for quite some time.

      These are the same people though, who say to me longingly…”I wish I could…you can do this…you’re young and don’t have kids…I could never…I have too many bills to pay..”

      Why would they wistfully want my freedom to GO if there were no twinge of envy?

  11. AM, that’s an interesting point of view. It is, however, only one point of view and while it may be a relative truth for you, it is not an absolute truth that applies to everyone. I live a nomadic lifestyle because it is a richer and deeper life for me. I used to be a high school science teacher that helped start a charter school and before that I was a chemical engineer—both fulfilling jobs in their own right. But they were not permanently fulfilling for me and by denying my own “right path” I was not the best person I could be for my kids, my family, my friends—anyone.

    I’ve spent many, many hours examining why I move and for a time I questioned what was wrong with me. In the end, I realized there was nothing wrong with me, it was simply who I am. We are not all the same inside and we all slowly find our own way, usually with a lot of so-called false starts along the way.

    I love that there are people like you who are not only happy with their non-nomadic lifestyle, but can proudly let others know about it.

  12. As I started to practice minimalism, I’ve reduced my week work time from 5 days to 1 only day long. Just because I’ve decluttered and eliminated distractions, wich reduced my continuous work time from 40 to 8 hours a week. Now I have time to plan my life better, be with my family and evolve my minimalist routines.

  13. George Stinson

    It should be noted that Steve Jobs is a minimalist. He has no job dissatisfaction and only one worry. Health.
    Thanks for giving us a place to vent.

  14. Minimalism is something different to everyone, but I believe the same core values and experiences remain the same.

    Great series Courtney, thank you for bringing it to us.

  15. To Courtney, and all the experts… Thank You!!

    Those were great questions and very interesting answers to ponder as I start my own journey into minimalism.

  16. Courtney,

    Thanks for featuring us, we appreciate you allowing us to contribute to two parts of this unique series.

    Joshua & Ryan

  17. This article really hit home for me today. For years I’ve worked to simplify my life, Even though I’ve talked the talk, I haven’t been walking the walk. I guess I’ve been holding onto the idea that stuff will make me happy. I really had an aha moment – that giving up stuff isn’t about giving at all – it’s about gaining my freedom! Thanks.

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