To say I started this journey on my own accord would be a lie. As I mentioned in the “Introduction” post, I was introduced to this lifestyle by a friend.
She highly suggested I look into “this great read” called Everything that Remains – a Memior by The Minimalists. I had heard of Minimalism before and I was excited to start a new book, but when I went to buy it I realized these guys are not messing around.
Not only did my local bookstore not have a copy, they didn’t even stock it on shelves. Copies of the book are produced on demand so they’re not just sitting and collecting dust. That, my friends, is true Minimalism.
I read the book cover to cover in less than a day – and I was hooked. There was definitely a method to their madness. But as I started going through my stuff I realized I was going to have a problem. I work in retail, advertising fashion to be specific, and I’m expected to look and dress a certain way. I definitely couldn’t get by with two pairs of pants and a few shirts in my wardrobe. What about all my handbags and accessories? I was supposed to get rid of them if they didn’t add “value” to my life? What is “value” anyway?
I knew I had to find my own path to Minimalism, one that didn’t necessarily mimic Joshua and Ryan’s, but I also knew I wasn’t the first person to try and do so. I talked to a friend who, through a series of people, led me to Facebook. And behold, there’s an entire group of people attempting minimalism right here in my backyard.
They share articles from various websites and post their personal stories, which always give me a new outlook. Once a month they also have a “meet up” so everyone can voice their opinions and experiences.
So far I’ve only attended one meet up, but it was pretty a significant one. Joshua Fields Millburn, co-founder of The Minimalists, was the guest speaker. He, along with other like-minded friends, opened a coffee shop in my little town of St. Petersburg, Florida where the meet up was held.
Bandit Coffee Co. is located on a well-loved street called Central Avenue, close to Downtown St. Pete. “DTSP” for the locals. It’s a trendy area with shops, breweries and restaurants – an area I love wandering around aimlessly on the weekends.
Now back to the meet up. Joshua stood up in the middle of the room and said “I’m not here to talk about me, I’m here to listen to you”. I’m sure he knew we’d all read his books and were familiar with his life, so he was taking an interest in ours. It was refreshing.
The meet up lasted well over two hours and I left feeling more excited about Minimalsm than ever. I once again went home and cleaned out. I was starting to grasp this “value” thing and what it meant to me.
A few years after I read their book, The Minimalists came out with a Documentary. Minimalsm – A Documentary About the Important Things.
I’ve convinced a few others to watch the film on Netflix and they’re hooked too. Once you understand the premise, it’s hard to deny its value. See what I did there.
In a world where everyone is looking to disconnect, don’t feel bad about reaching out! If you’re looking for support in finding your path towards Minimalsm, I promise there’s others like you. And oftentimes social media is quickest and easiest way to get ahold of them. It was for me.
That being said, my Minimal(ista) journey strengthens and weakens continuously. But that’s the game we call life.