Minimalism | How it all began for me

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What is minimalism?

For me, it means getting rid of the unnecessary, and only keeping what’s important and what makes us happy.

When did I first thought of it?

A few weeks ago.

I watched a recent video of Justine Feather on Youtube, and she was talking about how she’s decided to be vegan. I heard about that term before, but I thought to myself that I wouldn’t be able to do it. To add to that, I tried to be vegetarian last year, and I only lasted four months. It’s complicated.

It’s really hard because I’m asian, and I want to save money, therefore I didn’t feel like spending on groceries when I could eat for free at home. The problem is my mom, well… my entire family is  not vegan nor vegetarian. We eat meat almost everyday. So, it’s really hard to avoid those food.

But then, I was just curious on the types of food vegans eat. So, Justine recommended a few vegan youtubers, and I watched a bunch of Caitlin Shoemaker’s videos, and I was really impressed by them. She also does yoga which made me remember how my yoga teacher last semester was talking about mindfulness and such. I thought, how could I be mindful?

When I was taking the class, I didn’t really pay attention to all of that. I just did the work just to get rid of it. I was also always distracted whenever we meditated. Now that I’m no longer taking the class, and I’m watching these videos about eating healthy, yoga, working out, losing weight, saving money, I took the time to think about mindfulness all over again.

What is mindfulness?

For me, I see it as being peaceful with myself. What I mean is, taking the time to focus on the important things, and remove all distractions. We can do that by meditating. It’s like decluttering physical objects; like a part of minimalism.

With that being said, I looked for minimalist youtubers. I discovered and loved Sarah Nourse and Muchelleb. They both have the ability to encourage me to change the way I live my life. Normally, I don’t always listen to people who gives me those kind of advices because I want to live my life the way I want to. But recently, I realized that I’ve already tried to change the way I look into things. Before, I wanted to stay home, not go out much because I didn’t want to keep spending; this year, I told myself to live in the moment and take risks and go for opportunities and explore. But that came with spending a lot of money.

Both ways of living aren’t really good for me because they gave me temporary happiness. So, I thought how can I be happy while also have fun and explore what life provides?

That interest got me looking more and more into minimalism. I also started listening to the audiobook of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up my Marie Kondo and watching people using the author’s advice and suggestions on how to declutter their possessions, and I decided to do the same thing.

I got rid of SO MANY clothes that I never wore or didn’t use often, and my room seems A LOT lighter and that alone made me happy about my space. I’m also a book hoarder, and I remember telling people how stressed and guilty I was of owning so many unread books, because before I just bought books because people on booktube recommended them. But the excitement only lasted a few days after I bought the book. So, if I didn’t read it right away, I would most probably lose interest. That is why I own so many unread books.

Now that I want to become a minimalist, I’ve decided to get rid of half of my books. It was hard at first because I love my collection, but I literally do not have time to take care of all of them. So, I chose the books that once gave me joy, and others that I have no interest in reading anymore because why keep them if I won’t give them the love that they deserve? I could just give them away or sell them to people who would appreciate them more than I will or I once did.

My books are still with me, but I already sold a couple. I just haven’t gotten around to bring the rest to the used bookstore in the province because it’s a bit far from me.

So, that’s my story.

I admit I’m still new. I still have a lot to learn and get used to. But, so far I am happy with what I got rid of and what I own as of now. I still need to get rid of a few things, but minimalism is an on-going process; we can’t just get rid of every unnecessary things in one day, or maybe one week.

That’s it for now, talk to you soon ❤

RA

5 TIPS TO SAVE MONEY

Disclaimer: The images below aren’t mines, credits to the owners.

This summer, I wanted to enjoy it, so whenever me and my friends plan something, I would always go because You Only Live Once, right? I even said in my Spring Wrap Up that if we worry about money, then we won’t really enjoy life.

But the more I spend, the more I feel guilty for spending on things I don’t really need, so I couldn’t avoid not thinking about money.

I got myself thinking about ways I can change that; have fun, but also save money. I got myself thinking about minimalism. I’m not an expert on it whatsoever, I’m still learning. I’ve been watching Muchelleb and Sarah Nourse on Youtube, and they both inspire me to become a minimalist, but also become a much positive person.

In this post, I’ve gathered some tips/tricks on how to save money. Some of these are what I’ve done before I started my “YOLO” lifestyle and some are tips that I’ve gotten from different sources online and in real life.

Now, I’m not saying I’m not going to live my YOLO lifestyle anymore. I think sometimes it’s nice to just go for things to enjoy the moment, but this time I also want to be careful in what I’m spending my time and money on. Because let me tell you, when I’m out with friends, and we’re all having fun, I could care less about money, and of course I regret spending too much the day after.

Ok, let’s start.

TIP #1: Learn how to say “no” 

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For example, a close friend of yours invites you to go out for a drink, you know you’re going to spend, so why not refuse the offer? Of course, you can’t always refuse. Personally, I don’t like it when I keep inviting a friend and they never come. It just sucks you know? Just refuse once in a while.

You can also be the one to suggest you guys do something else. For example, a picnic, or a movie night at your place.

TIP #2: Talk to your friends about your situation

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Beforehand, tell your close friends that you’ve spending a lot, so you can’t really hang out. If they’re really your true friends, they will understand, and they might also plan another thing where you can all hang out without spending too much money. This kind of relates to the first tip.

TIP #3: Leave your wallet at home

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This really works. I did this during my last two semesters of college because I tend to spend a lot on coffee, muffin, etc. So, I just leave my wallet home, and bring snacks, make my own coffee, and bring lunch.

If you leave your wallet at home, you won’t be spending for sure. Even though you really want something, you just can’t buy it because you don’t have money with you. And you know what else can happen? Maybe by the time you get home you wouldn’t even want it anymore.

But if you’re going to a place where you need to spend, just bring the amount that you need.

TIP #4: Use what you already have

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If you have clothes, why buy more? If you have food, why eat out? You want a new book? Check your library. You want to be tipsy? Don’t sleep and drink coffee. haha–

but seriously.

Another example is when your friends invite you to hang out at a restaurant because it’s been a while since you all saw each other. You can tell them you can’t spend, or you can eat the food you have at home before you go; that way, you will be full enough to order less food a the restaurant.

TIP #5: Avoid malls and online shopping

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This can be hard if you like shopping, so it’ll take more effort to achieve this. First, you should unsubscribe to all emails from stores, so you won’t see their promotions and discounts. Second, take the path where you won’t be near malls. If that’s not possible, just look straight ahead, focus on where you’re going; if you look or just glance at a store, it’s over. You might see something you like and BOOM, $$$$$. Unless of course, you’re using tip #3. (;

Thanks for reading!

I will be doing another post just like this one, but with a different topic.

I will also write about minimalism, and when, why and how I started practicing it.