A Minimalists Journey In Fashion And Lifestyle

Fashion

If we go back in time, I was 14 when I started my first job at a cafe, and this meant taking responsibility for buying some of my own things. As a country girl, we would go into the city 2-4 times a month. I remember feeling satisfied with being able to buy my own clothes that I’d worked for. In my first year of uni in 2013, I would buy several items each month, and at the end of the year they were either left in the wardrobe or only worn 2-3 times. This taught me a lesson on choosing wisely, spending your money on clothing that will last and embracing your personal style. Over the years, I noticed the only pieces of clothing that I never threw away were predominantly my black clothes.

Our wardrobes should be filled with clothing that we will wear and make use of. In the book L’art de la Simplicité, it talks about how the things we own should have a purpose. This is why it’s important to purchase things that are good quality, long lasting and reflects who you are, in order to be useful. Minimalism doesn’t mean that you need to have the style of only wearing black, white and grey, because well, everyone has a different style. It simply means simplifying your life, not just in clothing materials, but in your lifestyle, relationships, mindset and so on. Decluttering is beneficial in the mind as well as our surroundings, as it sets free unnecessary thoughts and allows a clearer mind.

I think it’s important to mention that minimalism doesn’t mean that you only have seven items in your wardrobe, that you wear for each day of the week. It’s a reminder that we don’t need a lot in order to be happy in our lives, and that we should embrace the things we have. Therefore, you create a sense of satisfaction that isn’t attached to materials, and you have an appreciation for what you do have. It gives a sense of cleanliness and keeps your lifestyle simple, creating a space with less stress. Creating a habit of buying things of good quality means you spend wisely and am more thoughtful about what you’ll realistically use or wear for the next several years.

For fashion lovers, you should embrace your personal style, because it means you don’t buy something impulsively or for instant gratification. I remember in my teenage years, I used to buy things that in the end were not worn anymore because they didn’t completely connect with who I am. Now, I tend to buy from secondhand stores, choose more carefully or only purchase things that reflect my style. Minimalism in Fashion also ties into our lifestyle and the way we live. We live in a society that often feeds off of our fears and insecurities to make a profit, and unfortunately, we are used to this. However, the materials we own shouldn’t be a reflection of our self-worth.

Minimalism lessened my anxiety in my everyday life and made my lifestyle far more comfortable and far more stress-free. Life felt much more meaningful and enjoyable once I let go of toxic friendships, bad habits, unhealthy thinking and letting go of items that I had an emotional attachment to, but didn’t hold any value or use in my life. In The Minimalists, it says Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things so we can make room for life’s most important things—which actually aren’t things at all. 

Embarking On The Journey Called My 20’s

Daily Thoughts

Today I turned 20, and as strange as it feels to say that, it was only a decade ago when I was so delighted to be turning 10 years old. I remember telling my parents that it is the golden age, because I would be a decade old. How time has flied by. At heart I still feel like the girl who loves to run onto the trampoline or dance around home, and even when I was 18, I still didn’t feel anything near an adult. I feel as if my 20’s will bring many new experiences, meeting new people, more travelling, lessons and exciting moments waiting to happen. Whatever I end up doing in my 20’s, I know it will be worthwhile, and every chapter will teach me something new. The most important thing is to make the most of it and enjoy it. For now, here are the 20 things I have learned since turning 20 years old.

1. Everyone is embarking on their own journey. There are many people in this world who very often feel the way we feel. Every person will face their barriers and freedoms that they will journey through.

2. Don’t take life too seriously. See the humour in most things. We can make our lives far more serious than it really is, that we might forget all the fun we could have!

3. You are just a small part of an infinite universe. Our problems can seem like the end of the world. But from a birds eye view or a person looking through the window, they are just a tiny part.

4. Do most things before you are ready. There are too many things waiting to be tried at this moment, that sometimes waiting for the right moment may never happen. You just have to go for it.

5. Muster the energy to always have something positive in your mind. Life comes with its ups and downs. One of the best skills is to always see the good in some way no matter how bad things can get.

6. Exercise and sweat. Your body will thank you for it. Don’t neglect a stroll down the city, going to the gym or taking the stairs. Your heart needs it and plus, it’s good for your mind and body.

7. Don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s okay to make mistakes. The important thing is to learn from them. Don’t put too much pressure or stress on yourself when it isn’t necessary.

8. You are exactly where you are meant to be. We often wait for that right moment. For what ever reason where you are, is quite possibly where you are meant to be. Take opportunities and try enjoy and stay in the moment.

9. Getting out of your comfort zone will lessen your fears. The things that make your spine tingle, will subside when you face them. Most things aren’t as scary as our imagination.

10. Bananas are a super fruit. Breakfast, snack, cereal, oats, porridge, smoothie, up & go, banana bread, banana cake. Bananas are life.

11. Enjoying life is the most important thing we can do. As the saying goes, “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

12. Cry it out, but never let it consume you. Express your feelings when you need to and don’t ever bottle things up. But, make sure the feelings don’t destroy you.

13. Enjoy each year of your life. Each year seems to go by so fast. Before you know it the end of the year arrives with Christmas and travels. Make the most of it.

14. Living one day without music is impossible. Listening to music is life’s simple joys. Who could go one day without it?

15. Hearing the voices of loved ones is true happiness. Talking on the phone and hearing your loved ones can really warm your heart.

16. Learning to be independent at a young age is a gift. It’s worth it to work from a young age. Learning to be financially and mentally independent will teach you what’s yet to come.

17. For wisdom is far more valuable than rubies. Nothing you desire can compare with it. Proverbs 8:11. A person can be extremely smart, but without wisdom they won’t truly know what’s right and wrong.

18. Be humble. There’s enough people in this world who want to be better than someone else. You are enough. 

19. Facing the hard times will make you stronger. Never become the hard times. Never carry it into your presence and future. You will learn so much from those moments and become stronger because of it. The best is yet to come, and anything hard won’t seem so bad the next time.

20. Each breath we take is precious. Good health is a gift. We never know when it will be our last breath. Cherish each breath.