Minimalism: removing things that remove you from your life

I could write a whole book about the many benefits of minimalism.

Oh wait, I am (it’s an ebook but still).

I talk a lot about minimalism and mindfulness on my podcast.

I truly and wholeheartedly believe this lifestyle can spark a change in the world, help people feel happier, lighter, achieve financial stability, work less and live more.

There are no good arguments against minimalism, just like there are none against veganism.

That said, lately I’ve been exploring a different terminology. I felt as though the term “minimalism” wasn’t impactful enough.

Hear me out.

As shocked and/or rattled as people look when they realize we’re vegan, the same individuals don’t even flinch when they hear about my (our) minimalist lifestyle.

Funny thing is, most of them think they know what minimalism is, or what it entails.

Most of them don’t.

The word “minimalism” is somewhat self-explanatory, which doesn’t do it justice.

I also noticed how indifferent and apathetic people are nowadays. Or is it just me?

I’m defo not of fan of nonchalance or the nonchalant attitude of this “modern” society.

“Edgy” lifestyles used to spark conversations back in the day, not anymore though? That’s kinda sad tbh.

Anyway, all this made me think, so I decided to come up (or explain further) my own work-in-progress minimalism: I call it green or eco-essentialism.

Green or eco for the environment, essentialism because I own the bare minimum, essentials only, no extras.

But let’s dive further into this.

As an eco-essentialist (aka green or eco-minimalist), one of the main focuses of my lifestyle is protecting the environment.

Consuming less leads to cutting down waste and living with a smaller ecological footprint. That simple.

I still own some stuff, duh, but the things I now buy (when need be) is 100% environmentally friendly.

I also live frugally, and try to repair and repurpose all my belongings.

I’ve talked about this time and again on my podcast, but consuming less helps reduce the harmful impact of mindless consumerism on our planet. This makes my eco-essentialism a pro-environment and anti-consumption mindset and philosophy above anything else.

From shopping second hand and eco-friendly to investing in quality products (that last longer), my new shopping habits (close to nonexistent btw) help me reduce my carbon footprint significantly.

Mindful shopping and making sure I don’t bring any unnecessary things into my life is the first thing on my mind when I’m out looking for new things to buy.

Having the preservation of the planet in mind, eco-essentialists like myself follow a vegan lifestyle (and a plant-based diet) as the two (veganism and eco-essentialism) go hand in hand.

My other focus as an eco-essentialist is to experience the world without getting tied down to a permanent place and financial burdens. Instead of embracing materialism, I believe creating memories of my experiences is one of the two most important aspects of my life, the other one being giving to charity and NPOs.

As a lifelong traveler, I’ve always had trouble finding the right amount of things to pack up, so I always ended packing way more than I needed.

Since embracing this lifestyle (and perhaps even before), I’ve noticed how traveling with fewer distractions allowed me to be more present and get the best out of each and every experience.

For some nomad minimalists, minimalism is just a practical way of moving around. For me, it’s challengingly fun to experience how little I (and now WE) can live with.

How about mindful-eco-essentialism?

Hang on, what’s that again?

Mindful-eco-essentialists worry about more than just the environment, we worry about peace of mind too.

That’s the other focus of this lifestyle.

Owning fewer things automatically reduce mental clutter, which is the number one cause of stress and anxiety.

Besides, owning less reduces distractions and gives you the ability to focus on self-reflection (hence this post), self-love and personal development (once again hence this post).

As a mindful-eco-essentialist, my aim for fewer possessions and more headspace, for being present in the moment with my thoughts and loved ones, my feelings and emotions helps my increase my quality of life in a significant way.

It helps me pursue an intentional and meaningful life.

I’m constantly working on shaping a better version of myself, pursuing excellence (a religious principle in my case) and adding value to other people’s lives.

I started my mindful-eco-essentialist journey to escape the suffocation of stressful and expensive lifestyles. By cutting down expenses, I rapidly gained more freedom and peace of mind.

So all in all, as I learned more about minimalism, I embraced other attributes of it and made it my own.

I cut down on literally everything.

I owned 51 pairs of shoes at some point. It’s a lot ! I now own 4, 1 of which is a pair of football cleats.

Furthermore, and as far as digital essentialism goes, I used to spend hours on Social Media every day ! Posting, tweeting, commenting.

I now spend an hour/day tops. I only use SM for work and promotion.

Stepping away from Social Media was a major turning point in my life, evil eye and all.

In short:

Cutting down on “stuff” helped me become more mindful about self-care and my core values as well.

Mindful-eco-essentialism, aka minimalism, has become a powerful tool in my journey of developing a better me. 

IMHO, learning how to be mindful of our possessions and reducing physical and mental clutter helps us become better humans.

Here’s a short list of my favorite minimalists:

  • Leo Babauta from Zen Habits 
  • The minimalists
  • Sorelle Amore
  • Colin Write
  • Youheum from Heal your Living (personal fave)
  • and of course Matt D’Avella

Artists are fascinating

My girl is my favorite artist of them all.

She can dance, draw, paint, she’s very handy and often makes amazing stuff out of thin air !

Some people were just born with that extra something, you know ?

I love simpin’ over her paintings and graffiti art, shit is truly mesmerizing.

Check this one out:

Echo by Mandy Rezeau-Merah, AKA Fuge

Pretty dope, innit ?

I would’ve loved to be so crafty. I mean, can you imagine being so deft that you can literally transcribe your imagination into amazing graffiti ?

Bruh !

I used to draw a lot as a kid, but then quickly grew out of it as I discovered the outdoors.

Being outdoorsy is cool but it’s hella time consuming fam !

I’ve noticed how most people from my generation know all the cartoons and series, always reminisce about their favorite shows and shit.

So, besides having always been an outsider, I’ve also never truly connected with my peers on that level. I spent most of my time outside, either climbing trees, riding bikes or kicking a ball.

The indoors was never for me, till now.

We all change I guess, don’t we ?

Here’s another one of my girl’s favorite creations:

ACAB by Fuge

Peace !

We meet people for a reason

We meet people for a reason

We meet people for a reason.

Some will hurt you, others will build you up.

Some will help you grow, others will drain you.

Learn how to let go of those who don’t serve your wellbeing, don’t hold on to things and people out of sheer habit, learn how to value yourself and your time.

As a rule of thumb, I only hang out with those who recognize and understand my worth, friends who truly value my time and my presence.

It’s all about self-worth, fam.

To Covid or not to Covid

I mean, with everything going on in the world right now, I’ve decided to voice an unpopular and yet educated opinion here: I don’t care whether people are vaxxed or not, however, I do find it kinda strange that we’re all so coerced into taking a vaccine that only works partially, isn’t that a bit weird?

I personally find that weird, but again, I don’t care much, long as I can keep living my life..that’s the selfish side me I guess.