Confession: I’m starting to refer to myself as a minimalist.
Last week, I watched Minimalism: A Documentary About Important Things on Netflix. I was having one of those days where I was full of cold and wanted to get in my trackie bottoms, a blanket and watch something to switch off too. Unfortunately, this documentary wasn’t one to turn off too but it has stuck with me for the past few weeks..
The documentary tells the story of two men, Josh and Ryan, and their journey with minimalism. In their 20’s, they had the dream money-making jobs, flash cars and everything they thought they every wanted. Except, when it came down to it, they weren’t happy. There was a void in their lives until they discovered minimalism. Minimalism is the desire to live with fewer material possessions
It’s something that truly sticks with me as I personally think I’ve always lived a minimalist life and I’ve always felt quite weird about it. I’m surrounded by a lot of materialistic people in my life, who will happily spend three or four figures on a bag. And that’s fine if they wanna do that. But for me, whenever I did make an expensive purchase, it didn’t really ever bring me much happiness. It was never what I saved my money for. And it always felt weird when people I knew would keep making these expensive purchases, and I thought but you just spent that amount on another bag and I’ve never seen it again.
I’m not knocking people who do buy expensive bags or whatever they want. You do you, honey. You earn your pennies so you spend them exactly how you like.
But for me, I could never get my head round it which is why I feel like minimalism spoke out to me. But, it doesn’t mean I’m going to head off, sell my dog and all my possessions then book a one way ticket around the world. Because if that ever happened, we’d all know that Rufus would be coming with me.
It also made me feel at ease with how I feel about the blogging world at times. The blogging world is extremely consumerized. I have bought things because of bloggers I love have sold them to me. We are all guilty of consistently comparing ourselves to other bloggers. It’s everywhere; watch an Instagram story and guaranteed at least one person will be in another country. Or, another person is unboxing PR samples or showing off their designer goods. Hell, even I have affiliate links in some of my posts, and I’ve done posts working with companies telling you to buy this or that. Sometimes, it feels like blogging is just a hard pitch I’m guilty of buying things to try and compete in the blogging world; things that do not even make me happy.
Is it possible to be a minimalist blogger though? Honestly, I don’t know. In a blogging world where everyone is so desperate to make pitches and form strong relationships with brands. For me, my step towards minimalist blogging is to document the experiences that matter to me the most and stop using the excuse, ‘it’s for the blog’ to justify purchases. It doesn’t create good blog content for me, and I’m happiest and at my most proactive when I’m writing about the things I love.
Minimalism can seen to be very extreme. The documentary shows Josh using the worlds tiniest bag to pack ten months worth of clothes. It doesn’t need to be like that – finding minimalism doesn’t mean I’m going to ransack my wardrobe and give everything away. Take minimalism how you please; it can fit your lifestyle. Whether you did want to live out of a rucksack and travel the world. Or still dream of owning a house and a car but living more freely. I’m never going to want the life where I live in one bag because I am a home bird. I still want to get on the property ladder and I want to own a bigger house than what I currently live in. But, I’m not going to have one with 3 reception rooms, 4 bedrooms and all the space I don’t need and space I won’t. I still want a new car. Won’t lie – I still kind of want an Audi TT.
Minimalism to me comes down to that the best and happiest things in life come from people. I’ve had the best memories of my life in my Harry Potter tracksuit bottoms or in my scruffs. It doesn’t have to involve spending money; it comes from spending time with the people you love. Sat round playing board games, drinking red wine and walking my dog. Those are the things I want to do more of and surround my life in and hopefully reflect these things through my work and my blog.