To "Persistently Do"

To "Persistently Do"

copy-cloud-2 In my first post, I discussed how the idea and desire to do something are very different from the physical act of actually doing something.

Well, these past two months have definitely shoved my own words down my throat, and made me swallow them whole, leaving a harsh taste in my mouth. These past weeks have shown me that it is extremely hard to rid myself of a commercialism and consumerist mindset that has been drilled into my very being for the past 22 years. I can continuously say and discuss how I'm ready to take on a more minimal life, how I'm ready to just stop cold-turkey the consumerist lifestyle that has come to envelop my life; but when it comes to actually doing all these ideals that I am newly preaching, it has become harder than I expected.

So here I am, putting my foot down against myself. I'm going to stop being a poser and actually fling myself onto the minimalist path once and for all. I thought that I would be able to easily overcome the consumerist mindset that is at my core, but (obviously) it has been harder than I ever could have anticipated. Between working 40 hours/week, pursuing a personal business venture, and drinking pints of Guinness at Smokin' Joe's with friends, I've put off this journey for far too long. It's time to jump back into the journey that I have willingly decided to pursue.

These past few weeks have also taught me that I don't necessarily have to follow The Minimalists' 21 Day Journey step by step, but that I instead can tailor it to fit my lifestyle and my schedule. I can take pieces of their journey, incorporate my own ideas, and piece them together with the help and thoughts of myself, friends, articles, etc., in order to better help me along my own path of learning and discovery.

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So there it all is, laid out for you: shit is hard, and unless you're fully ready to accept the beginning of a journey, both mentally and physically, you're bound to get off track even before you begin.

For all of these reasons, I am going to stop messing around, put my foot down, and begin to persistently do, instead of reverting back to just the idea of doing it.

Pictures of a newly de-cluttered life are to come in my next post...

"Our life is frittered away by detail...simplify, simplify" -Henry David Thoreau 

Until next time,

Cara

The First Step

The First Step

fullsizerender The idea of living tiny is romanticized by many: the idea of having only what you need and value within a space that is small enough to store it all. Romanticizing the lifestyle of “tiny” is one thing. But the act of it? The act of living tiny, both mentally and physically, is an action not taken by most. Attempted maybe, but not fully plunged into; not fully acted upon.

After being out of college for about 8 months now, I am finding myself living an idle-like existence. Routine has enveloped my life here in Pittsburgh, with the mundane schedule of work then sleep, work then sleep. I feel consumed by the industry that I work in, feeling as though I need to give into the products that I’m selling and buy more, more, more. With all these realizations, I figured it was time for a change – a positive, forward-moving change. Therefore, I have decided to start my journey toward living a minimalist existence. A journey towards tiny.

When deciding that I wanted to start on the path toward minimalism, it made a lot of sense for me for many reasons: I am currently pursuing my own business venture that involves tiny homes, and myself living in one. And, in my opinion, the two go hand in hand – living in a tiny space requires oneself to become a minimalist, or adopt styles of minimalism, such as only having things that provide value to your life, or "rid[ding] yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important."

Therefore, the decision to start on this journey is an easy one, because I have already started the creation of my business, and I realized that turning toward minimalism would help me on my way towards tiny: both living-wise and mentally.

As I said before, my business venture involves the use of tiny homes, and myself living in one. However, I look around my room and see nothing but hoarder-like tendencies: collected meaningless knick-knacks, piles of clothes on the floor and in my closet that I wear once every three months; items that have not served any purpose in my life for years. I look around my current house and think to myself “how can I live in a 200sqft space with all this stuff?” Now, I use the term “stuff” to not only mean physical and materialistic objects, but to also mean the physical clutter that has in turn mentally cluttered my mind with “stuff:” anxiety, stress, and a constant fear of change. After all, isn’t that why I have kept so much stuff?

Well that stops today. Following The Minimalists 21-Day Journey To Minimalism, I am now ready to take the first step on this life-changing journey.

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But, this journey is meant for you just as much as it is for me. I hope to share my thoughts, my actions, and my ideas with you. I welcome you to share in this journey with me and share your own thoughts and ideas. The opportunity to continuously learn and grow as a minimalist enchants me. I hope that this journey shakes me to my core, rips open my mind and spews it out into the world.

I know that this journey will be great, and will bring me happiness in ways I can’t even see yet, and I’m ready to take this first step.

So please, join me in this journey, and let’s learn together what it takes to live minimally, to live tiny, to live free.

“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence” - Henry David Thoreau 

Until next time,

Cara