Hi all – my name is Sarah and this is a little snippet of our back story. My husband and I have been following a path towards minimalism for four years. It’s always a work in progress.
Prior to getting started on this path, we had been following a very different path, one which is is insidious in modern society – life with a side of stuff, where shiny new things were routinely accumulated in exchange for hard-earned resources, and where a ‘more is more is more’ lifestyle is propagated.
In October 2014 we needed to move house, and we had a l o t of stuff. The thought of moving all of our possessions prompted us to take a serious look at not only responsibly off-loading our belongings, but in re-evaluating the cycle of consumption and acquisition that had led us here.
So we sold and donated more than half of what we now own. We changed our mentality to one of contentment with what we have, and stopped the unconscious cycle of “self-improvement” through material consumption (i.e. we stopped buying stuff because it didn’t add value to our lives).
We stepped off the hamster wheel of ‘more’. Started to choose ‘less’. At first we really did this to make our house move simpler. In turn, however, we unexpectedly met with a new peace. Our eyes were opened and we started to consciously choose the focus of how we wanted to continue living. I don’t believe that our situation was particularly extreme, unusual or unique in comparison to the experiences of the majority of modern day consumers.
Early in our journey, we started to identify with minimalism as a method that described what we had begun. I started to follow and learn from some skilled minimalists through blogs and vlogs – including Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus (The Minimalists), Joshua Becker (becomingminimalist.com), and Lydia Senn (frugaldebtfreelife.com). We also started to extend our view beyond just the material aspect of minimalism. We continually strive to apply a ‘simple’ approach to just about everything – what we do, and how we do it, with the underlying focus on intentionality and simplicity = happiness.
One of our shared passions is moving towards self-sustainability and living as lightly and meaningfully as possible. I am excited about the possibilities this brings for the future!
These recent experiences and learnings are what led me to write this blog. My intention is to start a conversation about being content with having less stuff and experiencing more life.
I have chosen to call this blog ‘The Contented Minimalist’ as it reflects where I currently stand in my journey. I seek contentment over perfection in my method of minimalism and although I work towards goals, my focus remains in the moment – the only place where true contentment can be found.
Some posts to get you started:
I am a wordsmith first and photographer last, so my blog features a handful of images captured by myself, but largely features the incredible photography from some emerging photographers locally and around the world. Photo credits are provided at the end of each blog and images are sourced from the incredible community pool at Unsplash.com.
Until next time – simplify, focus, pursue and count your blessings.
The Contented Minimalist