Welcome to my first post on minimalism.

Minimalism is just one of my many interests – and one of the newest. I first saw it while scrolling (procrastinating) on YouTube. I’ve always been a person who has got attached to the things I own. I fall in love with them. And so I keep them.

This has led to me owning a lot of things – I’m no hoarder – but I have got more than can realistically fit into my one-bedroom flat.

So, what’s the deal with minimalism?

Well, it’s a concept that can be, and is, defined differently by different people. For me, it’s not about how many things you own, or what your home/clothes/stuff looks like – it’s about mindset. It’s about stepping outside of the commercial world.

We are told by so many sources of advertisements that we need all these different items to feel better about our lives. The truth? We don’t.

We don’t need that latest handbag, or pair of shoes, or new iPhone, or *insert as appropriate* new, shiny thing. Fulfillment doesn’t come from spending money (believe me, I’ve given it a good go), it comes from relationships, from following our passions, from experiences out there in the real world.

So what will this series on this brand new shiny blog be about? It will be advice, and thoughts, and links to others who know far more than me. It will be about my journey, as I continue to detach myself from the consumer world. I’ll also include  information about the low (or zero) waste movement, as I think that really ties in with the minimalist mindset as it’s about what you need, not all the things you might want.

There’s nothing wrong with want, and everyone will find a different balance between want and need (my wants for books and notebooks and stationary will always be fulfilled!). As far as I’m concerned, the most important thing is that you’re following the wants with intention. Know what you’re doing instead of shopping and shopping and shopping mindlessly until you’re in so much debt you can’t even breathe….

And even though debt is an acceptable part of society, and almost expected of us, it’s not something I feel comfortable with. It doesn’t help my anxiety to know I owe anyone anything – especially money.

Live with intention.

That’s my motto.

~ Viki

2 thoughts on “Minimalism

  1. Hey, Phoenix (or Viki, sorry I missed so many of your posts that I found your signature a pleasant surprise!)
    Love this post and so glad I read it. I love how you described minimalism. I’ve recently been mindlessly shopping and thankfully had a moment of unexpected wisdom and finally settled for the things I needed rather than unnecessarily wanted. So I guess I should just try and be in that wisdom-y mind of frame more and more.
    I love the no-waste movement. You’d be suprised that when it comes to food, we Indian’s anyway have so much vegetables that it’s kind of seen as a bad and very unhealthy thing in our culture to have processed food – our motto os to have only fresh veggies and meat (a fact that very few people outside fo India know, so thought should share 🙂
    I’m with you on the low waste thing. Looking forward to reading more posts related to minimalisma and low waste movement.
    Hope you’re doing well! I have totally lost track of our emails (who stopped the emailing? If it was me then I’m really sorry, I got a lot of health issues since last year and had been crazily sick untile a couple of months back.)
    Lemme know if you’re up for exchanging emails again and being accountability partners, as I can seriously need some accountability at present.
    Hope your projects are also coming along nicely. Can’t wait to read more of your amazing stories 🙂

    1. Glad to see you here. 🙂 Yep, my name has undergone a couple of changes in the last year! If nothing else I am confusing!
      Ah right. I think that’s a much better way of eating – processed foods are so convenient, but fresh veggies etc are so much better for us. The problem in the UK is that even our fresh veggies often come wrapped in plastic. Sigh.
      I can’t remember who stopped! I am also sorry if it was me, and sorry to hear about your health problems as well. Hope that they don’t come back. 🙂
      And yes, I would completely be up for exchanging emails again! With NaNo coming up I’ll definitely need some accountability!
      And thank you. 🙂

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