Once you begin to experience the benefits of simplicity and minimalism, it’s natural to want to share what you are learning and hope to help other people in your life.
The only problem with that is people generally don’t enjoy being convinced or converted. We do like to be inspired and educated, but the life choices we make are better when we make them for ourselves. This goes for friends and extended family as well as the people who live with you.
1. Live by example.
When people ask me how to get their family “on board” with simplicity, I advise them to stay focused on their journey and their stuff. In a Q & A webinar I hosted for the Dress with Less course, my response to “How do you help people see the joy in less?” was simply, “The best way to help people see the joy in less is to be joyful with less.”
When you see a friend that’s lost a lot of weight, you ask them how they did it. When you notice that a co-worker has more confidence and appears happier at work, you want to know why. Be a living demonstration of the things that mean most to you and people will invite you to share your experience.
2. Use your social networks.
Use your social networks to connect and inspire.
- Facebook: Join the Be More with Less Facebook page and other pages that inspire simple living. Facebook only shares the information they think you want to see based on your activity. Show Facebook that you care about updates from pages you choose to like, by engaging. Comment, like and share posts from the pages you like the most. If there are pages you don’t care about, unlike them and make space for the good stuff.
- Twitter: This is the best social media platform for direct communication and answers to your questions from simplicity authors and others. Follow me, @bemorewithless, and start a conversation. If Twitter seems confusing, don’t worry about knowing it all. Simply start your question with the name of the person you want to chat with and ask anything. For example:
When I see that, I’ll respond with what worked best for me and just like that, we’ve made a connection.
- Pinterest. Be visually inspired with me on Pinterest. I share simplicity quotes and inspiration boards, capsule wardrobe collections, simple recipes, books I love, and pictures of small spaces.
- Instagram. This is where I share my Project 333 looks, and will be sharing travel images from a big trip I’m taking in March. Instagram is a great place to share photography and the daily beauty of a simple life.
I’m not suggesting that you have to be everywhere, but choose the social media channels that you already visit and use them in a meaningful way.
3. Give books.
Read and share, or gift a book about simplicity to your loved ones and let them explore on their own. They can experiement with Mini-Missions for Simplicity, Learn that You Can Buy Happiness (and It’s Cheap) and finally be Clutterfree.
4. Join the tour.
Bring a friend or family member to meet Ryan and Joshua from The Minimalists. They are on a 100 City tour in 2014 and tickets are free. I’ll be joining them in Boise and Salt Lake City and would love to meet you.
5. Start a blog.
If you want to share a message to help others, start a blog. I’m working on something new to help beginning bloggers. Please answer this 3 question survey if you just started or want to start a blog.
If you are ready to share, it can be as simple as forwarding a blog post via email, retweeting something that inspires simplicity, or a gentle dinner conversation. If you are just getting started on your simplicity journey and aren’t ready to share, stay focused on absorbing information and implementing what you learn. Connect with like-minded people and enjoy the ride.
When your friends and family are ready, be there for them.
And, as always, let me know whenever I can be helpful.