Changes. I like change, and I am fortunate to be the kind of person that can adapt to changes. Our lives have evolved over the past few years and one of those changes, was simplifying our lives. As a family of 6 living in Vancouver, minimalism is necessary. Some steps were easier than others.
I love books, I love to read, and so we found ourselves at the library more often. When I do purchase books for myself, you can find them recycling to another book lover via The Little Free Library. I have a lot of children’s books, I also have a lot of children in my life. My children, my students at Arts Umbrella, and the children I tutor all reap the benefits of them. This was my biggest struggle.
I have never had an excessive love of shopping for clothes, shoes or accessories, so these things are easy for me to keep minimal.
Being an artist was where I thought my biggest challenge would be. I couldn’t stop creating, it’s very much a part of who I am. I told myself that I wouldn’t buy any art supplies or materials unless they were needed. I would only make what could be sold or given away and I must love it myself to the point of not wanting to let it go. The idea was that it would be thoughtful and unique.
Minimizing art supplies was actually much easier than I anticipated. It has been very easy to live with what I have, and let go of what I didn’t need. Having an openness to being inspired by others has led me down an unexpected series of giving that has been good for my soul.
If you are an inspiring minimalist like myself, I have learned any step big or small leads to a better quality of life.