I saw a quote on Instagram recently that connected all the recent tugs in my mind toward minimalism:
"My goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do."
- Francine Jay
Ever since our recent move a few months ago, I've been feeling the need and carrying out the delightful task of minimizing the stuff in my life. The periphery. The fluff. And that quote resonated with me as the answer to the always great question of WHY I'm doing this.
I never meant to be a minimalist, you see. In fact, my younger years were spent as a true hoarder (think scrapbook paper and 10 tubes of chapstick); I was always saving things just in case. My parent's attic is probably half full of what my mom affectionately called my "treasures," and I'd venture to guess there's the remnants of my rock collection buried in there somewhere (cringe). But as soon as our house was listed for sale, I began to see our posessions as stuff-to-pack-in-boxes, and quite frankly, I didn't want to go to the trouble of packing and moving so much stuff! So I had a garage sale. And donated the stuff that didn't sell. And kept doing it.
Just like that quote that stopped me in my tracks, I've begun to realize that there are a few things in life that are deeply important, and I want to spend as much time as possible on those things. That means I have to cut out the rest. I want to do less laundry and more exploring my city with my son. I want to do fewer housekeeping chores and more creating wholesome meals. I want to receive fewer emails and make better photographs. So it's a journey of finding the things I want to spend my time on, and weeding out the extras.
I've decided to start a little minimalism series to write about what I'm learning. Not because I have it all together - oh no. There are books and more books and blogs that have much more experience and insight than I. But a minimalist isn't a radicalist, she's just a normal person who wants to be rid of unnecessary stuff, live a meaningful life, and have more time to see and appreciate the beauty in it.
"It seems to me that black coffee is also a synecdoche for life: when you eliminate the excess—when you deliberately avoid life’s empty calories—what remains is exponentially more delicious, more enjoyable, more meaningful. Sure, it might be a bitter shock at first, but, much like coffee, a meaningful life is an acquired taste. Sip slowly and enjoy." - Joshua Fields Millburn
And you know. Anything that can be so well compared to a good brew of black coffee has my attention.