This is a bit of a different post but I felt that I’ve let go of more things this year. And they weren’t material. They were personal but I needed to be brutally honest with myself and what I wanted with my life. When I first started this minimalist journey two years ago, I told myself that I’d surrender even if I didn’t feel like I was. I told myself that getting rid of over two thirds of your stuff would get people mad. It would question the relationship I had with myself and the person I wanted to become. I needed to be okay with this idea and move forward.
Were some of these hard to initially get rid of? Heck yeah. But I needed to remind myself that these weren’t serving me in the same way anymore. In fact they were hurting me as a person. My self-esteem was going down as well as my spirituality. And if you’ve been following me, or know me, you know that I am a deeply spiritual person. I believe in the cosmos, God, and the universe like no other.
With that being said let’s get into these non-materialistic items.
"In the process of letting go, you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself."
Cell Phone Use
This one was a big one. I’m not saying I got rid of it completely but I’m more intentional about it. Last year, I got to a point in my life where I was like “what am I using this for?” I honestly didn’t know what or how I wanted to be a positive influence in the world. To add the problem my self-esteem was going down. Hard. Like the Titanic sinking. Hence I started to be off of it more often and life’s been a lot better since.
Now I literally use my phone for Spotify, school, this blog, and keeping in touch with friends. That is it. I’m starting to prefer calling people on the phone now. I love have in person connection and living in the moment with others.
And to be honest I’m not on social media that much. I’ve realized that it’s a tool, not my life. Also it’s really important to keep yourself in check about how much you do things. Furthermore I believe in using it as a way to better the world. Hence why this blog exists.
This isn’t to say that I don’t have my pitfalls. Sometimes I find myself getting too much into music or blogging that I forget about the entire world. And not in a good way. This is when I start to spend more time in silence and an everyday environment.
Oh e-mail the thing that has haunted me since I was ten (yeah I feel old about it too. Also a little embarrassed because the of the ridiculous username I had for myself). I’ve let go of a lot of e-mail subscriptions. And when I say a lot you better believe it. I used to sign up for every newsletter on the planet right and left. Maybe up and down too.
To be honest though, my mom and I have had this problem since the beginning of time. I’m not kidding. So when it came to cleaning my life this summer, I decided to clean out my e-mail box. This meant deleting accounts and subscriptions I didn’t need or use anymore. It wasn’t that hard and something I recommend to anyone who wants to start minimalism or de-cluttering their life in general.
Now my inbox doesn’t have as much as it used to. I am very selective about what I subscribe to. I’m sure that the same for a lot of people.
“When you show up authentic, you create the space for others to do the same. Walk in your truth”
Trying to be liked
Yup, you heard right. I honestly don’t care what people think anymore. I think this has to do with the fact that I’ve been doing theatre for so long. I used to care so much about what people thought of me. It was ridiculous. It got to a point where it was unhealthy and scary. I’ve come to learn that not everyone’s going to like me and I need to be okay with that.
Even more so, that everyone has problems. They have things that they don’t like about themselves. That they want to change. The reality is that you are already cool. You’re already awesome so don’t try to be other people.
(AKA the one word that brings so much drama).
In all honesty though, I'm being dead serious. I used to have a huge control issue, especially around school and studying. This caused me to have an almost non-existent social life. This is something I need to work on every day because it’s literally one of the reasons people can’t manifest efficiently.
It's something I still struggle with. I find the need to control when and how things happen which is totally against my spiritual ways. This not only slows down the manifestation process but is totally what minimalism is about.
Minimalism is about freedom, whatever that means to you, and letting go. Period.
I hope ya’ll enjoyed this one. I haven’t discussed minimalism in a while and felt like I need to update ya’ll on what else I’ve let go. Minimalism is an ongoing journey for me. It is both emotional, physical, and spiritual (to a certain extent).
Hope ya'll have a great day/night wherever you are. Namaste.
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