This is the year of less.

Yea that sounds weird, I know. Usually we set resolutions of trying to do more of this or that, improving our lives and achieving more goals, but not today.

Recently I watched a documentary called “Minimalism” by Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, it was one of those “finally!!” moments. The theme is simplicity and valuing life instead of exhausting our resources and trying so hard to accumulate all we can. This includes working to achieve physical goals or scoring the “ideal American lifestyle”.

It’s time to do more with less.

The first step is a small space, check: I live in a tiny apartment.

Next, to cut down spending on unnecessary items: clothes, excess food, etc.

Then it’s a matter of what I spend my time doing.

Over the course of Christmas break (living in LA) I was getting frustrated with how bored I was becoming. I have come to realize that my focus was so stuck on trying to go, go, go that I didn’t know how to just enjoy life, each moment. The only way to do so is to slow down, stop cramming my life with busyness and actually breathe a little.

I’ve always been stressed out whenever I had to go to the mall to get a new pair of shoes per say, now I know why.

I couldn’t stand spending time attaching my value and focus onto the ownership of an object, crowded by people rushing to the next sale or the next big thing.

It always made me sick.

In some ways we find identity in what we wear/own/do on a day-to-day basis, and in other ways we don’t. We don’t actually value what we wear, who makes it. We spend our days in routines that suck the life out of us. This leaves us unsatisfied at the end of an exhausting day, working hours on end and consuming information through social media, taking pictures of our latest adventures, and so on. I am first to admit I am a culprit of this, so it’s time to change.

I want to stop trying to fill the void with stuff and actually let God be my all.

Consumption isn’t evil, it’s compulsory consumption that is a problem, doing it because you have to, because advertising tells you that you need it.

I don’t want to get to the end of my life and have a bunch of stuff but be completely empty. Instead I want to fill my days with jaw dropping sunsets, expanded time with loved ones, deep laughter, and chocolate (because I really value that).

For now, I can’t skip college to go live on a ranch and the life I live is one of constant information and busyness. But I am curious to see the way I can cut down on the chaos, stop checking my phone aimlessly, and maybe actually find some silence in order to truly hear God’s voice + experience joy.

It’s about valuing what we have, what we do by turning off the extra. Focusing community, others, the environment and how we treat it.

So, I am minimalizing in order to maximize the love, happiness, growth, peace that comes from decluttering life.

I can’t wait, or maybe I can.

Love people and use things. The opposite never works. – The Minimalists