Wanna-Be Minimalist

Happy 2016! So, like I said in my last post, I'm not one for New Years shenanigans. I don't think I've ever really made New Years Resolutions but for whatever reason, yesterday, January 1st, 2016, I started ravaging my house. Seriously. It was intense.

I went through my bathroom cabinets, my kitchen cabinets, my closet, my cosmetics... I went to town on making piles to donate, piles to throw out, and piles to give away to friends and family. To be honest, I was pretty ashamed of how much, for lack of a better word, crap that I had accumulated in my short time since moving out of my parent's house. Let me tell you, yesterday was so gratifying.

As I was going through all of my belongings that had been collecting dust and taking up space out of sight for so long, I couldn't stop asking myself why I had so much stuff! The only reasoning I could come up with was that it brought me excitement and joy when buying new products, new gadgets, and new clothes. As if buying things was supposed to be a source of happiness in my life. Which, I guess from a young age, it has been. I don't think anyone can say that getting something new isn't exciting, but for me, that feeling would wear off within a 24 hours, maybe longer depending on how long I had lusted after that item, which often wasn't very long.

So not only did I have more stuff than I am willing to admit due to embarrassment of how many garbage bags I was able to fill in one day alone, I have always been one to be stressed about clutter. This is so funny to my because, well, I have been doing it to myself for years! And of course our houses are now built with storage upon storage, out of sight, out of mind. Not to mention, I work at a storage facility. Talk about coming full circle...

So today I set out to do some research on how to live successfully as a minimalist. I wanted to do this research for two reasons:

  1. Minimalism sounds so sweet. Happy. Joyful, even.
  2. If I don't label it and learn the right tools, I'll keep accumulating crap, then purging all my new crap, every singly year.

So! Here are a few links to some really beautiful blogs that have given me such clear, concise guidance to living as a minimalist.

The first blog I found via Pinterest is Bre from brepea.com. Her post that I came across is called "7 Mantras for the Wanna-Be Minimalist" and I loved it!! Actually saying these mantras to myself while going through all of my stuff really helped me commit to the task.

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The second one that I found that really helped me was on ticoandtina.com, "5 Practical Ways to Transition to Minimalism". This article has some really great, practical yet fun ways to actually get the job done. Pairing these two posts together just made the perfect game plan!

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The most important thing that I have learned about minimalism so far is that it isn't just a way of getting rid of clutter. It is a lifestyle, a way of life. A way to enjoy moments more than things. To value people more than belongings. This, as some of you might know, has been my biggest joy. Finding happiness in little moments.  So this new trek into a minimalist lifestyle aligns perfectly with my core values and I am so excited to learn and implement more of these values into my day to day life! So this is my one and only resolution for 2016, but I figure this might seep into every other part of my life, making it a pretty big resolution!

I hope you're all having the happiest start to your new year!

Take good care, lovelies!

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2015

I am not much for New Years, I always felt so much pressure to do something cool, to go out and party or drink, to be at the most popular place, to tell the best stories. I guess it's because I'm still only 20 years old, but I've always felt a little out of place in my age group, interest wise.

That being said, this New Years Eve feels different. I feel as though 2015 deserves a special farewell, because it has given me so much. 2015 has also taken so much, but life will do what it will do, won't it? I feel so blessed to have had another year on this beautiful Earth, and so to commemorate it I thought maybe this year deserved a few words. So here is my letter to 2015.

Dear 2015,

I am so grateful. This year has brought me so many blessings, so much joy. It has also brought many struggles, which have graced me with the most humble teachings. I have never felt so complete, yet I have never felt more room for growth.

I made life altering decisions this year, like deciding to stop going to University full time, and to focus more on what soothes my heart.

I planned the wedding of my dreams and married the man who brings me more grace and wholeness than I ever thought I could feel.

I lost the most dear woman, my soulmate, perhaps. Grandma, we miss you every day.

I learned yoga. I learned it's true meaning. I learned it's powers of healing.

I learned that nature is my best medicine.

I learned that even though many people expect me to behave as a regular 20 year old girl, I don't have to live the reflection of other people's expectations. I am allowed to want what I want, despite my age.

I allowed myself to begin this little corner of the internet, even though I didn't tell anyone for months out of embarrassment.

I learned to embrace this blog, and not be embarrassed.

I told everyone about this blog, with pride.

I think, most of all, 2015 has taught me authenticity. That makes me so damn proud to say, because after all, if you aren't you in all that you do, then what are you?

So, 2o15, you have blessed me. There are no words to express my gratitude for this year and all that has come through it. It is a blessing to be here today, it is a blessing to have all that I have, and it is a blessing to look forward to another year without fear.

Love,

Sarah-Beth

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I know that many people have had a really hard year, and that maybe their hope for 2016 is clouded. I am praying for all those who are struggling through this change in year, and hope that you find what makes you smile, even just for a moment.

I hope you all have the loveliest close to 2015, doing whatever makes your heart happy. You deserve it!

Take good care, lovelies.

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