Minimalism isn’t about deprivation, it’s about intentionality. By getting rid of the distractions of life’s clutter,
I’ve dedicated my energy towards what’s important to me
: using technology to better others’ lives, forging unbreakable bonds and understanding what truly makes me happy.
As a minimalist, I’ve realized that I define self-worth not by my possessions but, rather, where I focus my time and resources. Whether that’s performing original songs for my mother’s birthday, spending a day to cook a five-course vegan meal with my father, reading the Obama-acclaimed book
in a night, coding an award-winning website for mental health over a weekend, or taking the first and last minutes of each day to practice mindfulness,
I’ve gained and contributed much more value through these moments than any single possession could ever bring.
Relationships are irreplaceable
, unlike the many items I packed away (after committing to live with less). By investing time to create new memories with my family and friends,
I’ve honored and strengthened these relationships
in ways that gifting a bracelet or chocolate could never communicate.
As I mentioned before, I was
about my plan to become a minimalist. I thought they'd think I was crazy to want to donate 90% of my items, to change my life. But I was wrong. After I told my network––close friends, family members, mentors––about what I was doing, they provided me with
support and accountability
during my journey into minimalism.
“Love people, use things. The opposite never works.”
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Did You Know:
The average American family spends $1,700 on clothes every year.