tedX and getting rid of 1,000 things

Minimalism is the concept of not decluttering, but disowning. I used to think that minimalism equated to not having a lot of stuff, and not having a lot of stuff meant that I was poor. But disowning belongings made me much freer and richer. I’ve been able to spend a lot more time living for me. On top of that, I feel satisfied and content with what I have as opposed to desiring the things that I don’t have.

I started to develop this mindset last year after stumbling upon this TedX Talk that I invite you to watch right now.

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muchelleb lays it on thick as she explains how to declutter your fucks

Raise your hand if you’re starting off your spring semester of college and feel overwhelmed about things you think you should be involved in, things you are meaning to watch just to know what your friends are talking about, or all the self-improvements you think about all the time but never act on? What about all those other little things that you notice taking up so much of your mental space? If so, then it’s time to DECLUTTER YOUR FUCKS.

That’s right. I said it.

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so, you want to be a minimalist? here’s 5 quick tips to get you started

1. Determine why you’re considering becoming a minimalist.
For me, this was something that I never really thought of until I was months into the decluttering and downsizing process. The concept of “Why” popped into my brain right around the time I took the above photo. For me, living a minimal life just seemed like a natural fit. I loved the concept of adventures, and I wanted the freedom to travel more. So it made sense that the less things I owned, the less there would be to tie me down when an opportunity arose. You might have a totally different reason. Perhaps your concept of a minimalist lifestyle revolves around environmental concerns. Perhaps you want to spend more time enjoying the things you love (beyond classes) like checking out that singer-song writer club or applying for that RA position. And don’t fret if the way you you define your minimalist lifestyle today changes tomorrow. That’s ok. Embrace it!

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minimalist skincare + beauty haul

Good morning, friends!

Even though the New Year arrives tomorrow at midnight, I’m getting a head start on 2017 by posting the first video of a minimalism series.

From just the title, I feel like this post is a bit of a contradiction in terms of me showing off all these items I bought in hopes of them providing me with more enjoyment as I continue my minimalist lifestyle journey. Haha. Oops. Oh well.

In all seriousness though, today I’m sharing with you the one and only shopping haul I embarked on in 2016, which entailed all things beauty and skincare related. I hope that these products will allow me to pamper, treat, and take care of myself…especially my acne prone skin. I hope that by sharing this, it will inspire and give you some new ideas for your self-care routine.  So yes, while this video itself is far from minimalistic, these are (with the exception of maybe ~5~ items) all the items I own in terms of beauty and hygiene…and for me, personally, that is a gigantic feat.

Let me know what you think! I’m sorry the video was so long, but I hope what I shared with you was helpful and entertaining. What are your beauty and skincare must haves?

Comment any ideas for future vids and posts down below, and have a FANTASTIC New Years! Let’s ring in 2017 with a bang!