I used to believe that minimalism meant to get rid of junk. While this is partially true, I've come to realize that it's more than that - living minimally is a lifestyle. And my life is far from it. I love to shop. I overcommit my time on the regular. I have a lot of big ideas, with no clear plan on how to achieve them.
My first step towards a minimal lifestyle was to alleviate my schedule. Next semester, I've focused my extracurricular commitments to organizations that I love and that I know I can dedicate my full attention to. I've also relieved my class load by not scheduling classes on Tuesdays or Thursdays. The semester hasn't even started yet, and I already feel so relaxed! I know it's going to be such a nice change from having 3 meetings + classes in one day.
Next, I've decided to downsize my closet. If I had a fatal flaw, it would be my ability to make impulse purchases. Not going to lie, I commonly use the "retail therapy" excuse. I'm working on this by selling some of my clothes via (shameless plug) Poshmark and donating the rest. I would much rather spend money on experiences and travels over clothes that will go out of style in a month. I'm going to make a conscious effort to purchase quality, timeless pieces that can be remixed, as Audrey would say. Maybe I'll even try a capsule wardrobe for the fall semester.
While style is still very important to me, I'd really like to refocus my content on more than just style, I just don't know what yet. I have a lot of hobbies and interests! I know that it's apparently important to select a niche, but as Kaitlyn and Sarah said to me in last week's #NectarChat, there are no rules about what I can and cannot share. I just need to find a way to define it. I don't know exactly what this means for Crazy Scarf Girl, but you'll be seeing less meaningless photos and more meaningful words.
@crazyscarfgirl Share ALL your interests!!! :) There's no rule saying you can't!— TheDuckandTheOwl (@DuckandOwl) July 30, 2015
I think these are the first steps I need to take to gain clear focus on my goals. Without all of the extra clutter of meaningless commitments and unnecessary purchases, I can spend more time doing things I love and on what I want to accomplish, like starting my own business. While it's a scary thing, I've done it in the past with a small Etsy store. Kat does a great job on addressing and overcoming the fears of running your own business.
Anyway, that's enough rambling for one day. This week, be on the lookout for my first post in for the #BloggersBTS linkup! I'll be showing you how to comfortably dress for class.
Have a fantastic Sunday! How do you feel about living minimally?