It is almost the end of May. This is madness. I haven’t been blogging much in the past few week because I’m buried under uni work (thesis due in 2 months! Argh!) which has left me so drained of inner peace and just motivation in general.
I came across this article about creative arts director Matilda Kahl wearing the same styled outfits to work for over 3 years which is the most fashionable and adorable work wear attire I have seen in some time. In this article, she touches on minimalism and solving the “what to wear” conundrum by wearing basically the same outfit everyday and also on the subject of how women are still being judged on what they wear in the workplace rather than what they do. This reminds me of the exact same conversation I was having with one of my Airbnb hosts in Stockholm (who was head of operations at a lighting company). I like that this article and versions of it are across different media sources highlighting this issue that is not really brought to light (or hasn’t been for a while) and is just something to think about.
I’ve also read this article about how being in nature makes you a healthier and happier person as it can actually reduce blood pressure and stress hormones. I didn’t know this but it could also boost your immune system as well as making you more creative. I had better look into escaping to the forest at some point soon.
Lastly, it occurred to me that my blog just turned 1 year old in April! That went by so quickly, so much so that it had skipped my mind completely! Here is one of my first few posts about the things that no-one tells you about travelling alone.
Just some food for thought until next time. Have a great weekend guys!
If you need a little inspiration for the coming year at spring cleaning your life, you might want to take about 20 minutes out of your day to read this new book by designer and writer Chris Thomas titled “You have too much shit”.
As the title suggests, this book is not going to be giving you a peaceful and slow self actualised discovery, it’s going to tell it like it is and that you actually have too much shit.
You can find the free pdf file here but it’s also for sale if you wish to send it someone for a birthday present.
I went to a talk from The Minimalists earlier last month. It’s a (could you say a lifestyle?) choice that I’m still thinking about and is still ongoing.
I came across this article recently which focuses on another aspect of minimalism. That the most successful people (by definition in this article as people who have contributed greatly to our everyday lives by what they have created or the power they weld and they go by the names of Obama, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Einstein) wear the same thing most days.
The science of simplicity. There is actually something called decision fatigue which is a real psychological condition where a person’s productivity decreases due to being mentally exhausted from having to make irrelevant decisions.
“ Our life is frittered away by detail
.…Simply, simplify”- Henry David Thoreau
Just some food for thought.
Have a great weekend guys.
Josh & Ryan are the pair behind the Minimalists. Both were part of the corporate world, earning 6 figures, owned comfortable houses and cars heading into their 30s when they realised that they were still unsatisfied with their lives.
They have since, both became full-time authors and speakers about minimalism. Less is more when it comes to material and life possessions.
One of the links on their page points to the Minimalism Game which I have to say is pretty cool! If you’re ready for a clean-up of your material belongings or are finding that your hoarding ways are starting to clutter your life then maybe this game is right up your alley.
Briefly, you start this game with someone else (or a group of people) and on the 1st day of the month- get rid of 1 thing. On the 2nd day, get rid of 2 and so on. The one who lasts longest throughout the month wins.
Protip: remember that charities, libraries and the recycling centre would also like some of your things!
The Minimalists are also due to be releasing a documentary soon filmed by Matt d’Avella and you can watch the trailer here.
Happy de-cluttering guys,