On March 1, 2016 I began to play the 30-Day Minimalism Game. What is that you ask?
Find a friend or family member: someone who’s willing to get rid of their excess stuff. This month, each of you must get rid of one thing on the first day. On the second, two things. Three items on the third. So forth, and so on. Anything can go! Clothes, furniture, electronics, tools, decorations, etc. Donate, sell, or trash. Whatever you do, each material possession must be out of your house—and out of your life—by midnight each day. (The Minimalists)
I started the challenge to rid myself of things that were crowding my life in order to make room for things I wanted in my life. It turns out this is a great way to rid yourself of materialistic things as well as things such as negative thinking, frustration, anger, anxiety, etc. It is Day 10 and I already feel lighter mentally, physically, and spiritually.
I have begun to practice yoga more faithfully in the last few months. I believe this practice has led me to my “next steps”. My next steps being The Minimalism Game. I’m clearer in my thoughts regarding future goals, and I am more excited and grateful to embark on the day each morning.
So why a blog? I have to admit this is not my first attempt at starting a blog, however writing is something I always seem to come back to. I thought it was interesting that The Minimalists, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus talk thoroughly about creating a meaningful life by embracing minimalism, and have also included a space on their website for creating a successful blog. Coincidence, I don’t think so.
Joshua Becker writes “15 Reasons I think you should blog”, and his reasons really resonated with me. Reason #2 and #3 stuck out to me especially during these infant stages of starting my blog.
2. You’ll become a better thinker. Because the process of writing includes recording thoughts on paper, the blogging process encourages you to stop and think deeper. You will delve deeper into the matters of your life and the worldview that shapes them. Unfortunately, at this point, many will choose not to blog (or write at all) based on the faulty reasoning that they “have nothing to say.” But to that line of thinking I always respond the same way, maybe you just haven’t discovered yet what you have to say.
3. You’ll live a more intentional life. Once you start writing about your life and the thoughts that shape it, you’ll begin thinking more intentionally about who you are, who you are becoming, and whether you like what you see or not. And that just may be reason enough to get started. becomingminimalist
Even if no one stops to read this blog, my intention is to develop myself and my thoughtfulness towards my existence in the world. 60-minutes of uninterrupted Vinyasa yoga 2-3x a week has proven beneficial over the past few months in more ways than one. I’m hoping writing develops stronger mental muscles within me, a greater awareness of the world around me, and inspiration for becoming a better you & me! Let the adventure begin.