Inspiring poster from Flow Magazine's Flow Campagne.

Inspiring poster from Flow Magazine’s Flow Campagne.

From my self-centered point of view, last year was tough. It had its amazing moments – our wedding (between me and my lovely husband that is), if you would like an awesome example – but think of these watchwords to describe it in general: much work, little fun, stress, loneliness, weight gain, disease, depression. When one faces hard times there’s only one way to go: forward, with great expectations of change. So that’s why I am officially giving myself the luxury of a complete cure on all aspects of life and inviting you to join and follow me, as far and deep as you want.

 

Hi, this is me on a trying-to-be-minimalist selfie. Nice to meet you.

Hi, this is me on a trying-to-be-minimalist selfie. Nice to meet you.

Who are you?

You can check my profile here. But if you are asking “who are you to teach me how to go minimalist?” the answer is simple: nobody. So far I know nothing of the matter and did nothing to be a minimalist besides deciding to become one. That’s probably why it would be so awesome for you to join my adventure – I’ll share my experiences, struggles and recently acquired knowledge and you can share yours!

Please help me with this by sharing content on this subject and giving your opinion on the comment section of each post of the series.


 

 When did you decide to go minimalist?

On New Year’s I was so depressed I didn’t even write resolutions. But I recon 2016 has slowly become my therapy, and it looks promising: not on necessarily GOOD things but on CHANGES. Starting with the decision to share and launch A MONTRA / THE WINDOW and do meaningful work. So I’ve decided to go minimalist with my lifestyle as soon as I decided I was going to share my life with other people – meaning not only our readers but also – and, I have to say, more importantly – my family and friends.

 

How minimalist?

Not so much, probably, because I’m too much of a pussy to live on only seven pieces of underwear and too much of a collector to get rid of all of my books and teapots. But I am willing to make a conscious effort to live with less.

 

Why minimalist?

Because most of the times living ethically means living with less. And also because every blog on the matter promises that living with less stuff also means living with less cleaning, sorting, tidying, worrying, and other precious-time-wasting-activities, and living with more time, money, creativity, fun, sharing and other often forgotten simple, pure pleasures.

 

Where are you getting your knowledge from?

The almighty internet, people, and a few books. Don’t worry: I’ll share references along the way. In fact, here is a very helpful list of 14 minimalist blogs from The Good Trade to start with.

 

What is minimalism?

That’s what we are going to find out (I hope). But here is my take from what I learnt so far: Minimalism means practicing a lifestyle of simplicity, mindfulness, and gratitude, of quality over quantity, by consuming less and creating more. It’s ditching the obsession with material things, doing everything and having too much happening to you and start living lightly and consciously. It’s sustainability as a lifestyle.

 

Should we start?

 

Bonus: Download the feautured poster for free here.