Opening up to people is not easy. It is especially difficult to open up about any struggles we face, especially on the internet. In my Minimalism Confessions Volume 1, I opened up with a struggle that I felt I should have conquered already. In fact, I had at one point. But the joy of life is that we all have a roller coaster lifestyle. The only difference is who is willing to open up and share.
I am not going to lie. I was completely nervous to open up with you, but I am so glad I did! Being able to see that I am not alone in struggling is enlightening. Plus, I was able to help a few of you in the process, and I am eternally grateful that you trusted me with that.
So I promised you that I would make this a monthly scene on the blog. Now let us get to it!
Minimalism Confessions Volume 2
This minimalism journey, as I said above, is a roller coaster ride full of ups, downs, and plateaus. Right now, I am currently trying out some new ideas in my routine, but for some reason, none of them seem to work. It seems that my stress levels have gone up a bit, too. For today’s focus, I want to talk to you about:
So recently, I have made some purchases that have replaced clothes or things in my home. While I am excited to trade out a few things, I noticed my contentment for these changes dwindle. As I discussed last time, I have backtracked with the progress I have made towards consuming less.
This has also brought way of loosing my contentment. If you have heard of “shiny object syndrome,” this is exactly what I am experiencing.
By going into stores to replace certain things, I am seeing the newest and trendiest things on the market. Of course, I think these things are pretty or purposeful, and I find myself thinking that I need all of it. When the reality is that I do not need anything besides what is on my list.
One thing that really gets me is seeing trendy women in stores that are all put together and look beautiful. Suddenly, I do not feel as confident in myself before going into the store.
I loose my overall “big picture” to what I want for my life, which is not to be super trendy or a consumer of all the “latest and greatest.” I just want to be content with being myself, and knowing that is okay.
Marketing strategies have discovered every way possible to make sure that I do not feel up to par by trying to live content, and fuel off of that to make me purchase things I can live without. It is a shame that our society is to the point that it is with consumerism.
If I cannot step out of a store feeling the same as before I entered into it, something is wrong. I do my best to hold onto my values while shopping, but that does not mean that I do not feel less by doing so. Which when you think about it, I should feel great about myself for not falling for marketing schemes, and only purchasing what I need.
Contentment is something I am consistently practicing. It is a great thing to develop, but hard to keep at times. As I continue in my minimalist journey, I am reminded of why I chose this lifestyle. It is not for the approval of others, but rather the approval within myself. Having contentment while pursuing my dreams is one of the most important things to me. It is a tool I use to further develop my morals, passions, and values.
When it is pulled away by marketing schemes or people I believe have a little something more than me, I am only hurting the person I want to become, and that is not okay.
What are you struggling with in your minimalism journey? I would love to know! Please comment below to share or ask any questions!
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