SHOW NOTES EPISODE 20:
Today i want to talk about minimalism. A way of living and adjusting your way of living, in order to throw all the spotlight on what really truly matters. This is not meant to preachy, I’m not telling you to do this or don’t do that. But I always get so many questions about how I can keep moving around, where I live, how I live, and I just simply want to tell them ... priorities. Decide how you want to live and what you want in your life, then exclude the rest.
I just simply want to share a short introduction to what minimalism means to me, how I view it, and then share some resources that can help you and get your inspired, if you think this might help you too.
For me, having a minimalism lifestyle means having less and doing less in order to have more time, space and energy for the things that really truly matter to me.
Keeping things simple and minimal means, for me, to focus only on the essentials, the things of value, and not get caught up in distractions and worries. It helps me free myself from overwhelm, stress, find clarity and straighten out my priorities.
My personal priorities in life are: health, passion, growth, location independence, art and community. What are yours?
Here is a super simple exercise to get us started:
List maybe 5 to 7 things that you value in life, write them down on your phone or on a piece of paper, or just keep them in your head. Now, go through a normal day in your life, how you spend it, what you’re doing, the places you go, the people you interact with.
How many of those things in your daily life align with your values?
Do they support your values of what’s important in life?
Do they help you live like you would like to live?
If your answer is yes, then congrats! You’re on the right path! If your answer is no... maybe there is place for a bit of reevaluation and restructuring of how you choose to spend this life. because, how we spend our days is after all how we spend our lives.
Minimalism for me, is the art of having less so that what you do have means more. It’s about making space to have room for growth, change, unexpected events and new adventures. It’s about freeing up your life and mind from clutter and only keep the essentials in your life. The things that truly make you happy and shiny.
Minimalism for me includes material belongings, emotional baggage, friendships and relationships, work, jobs and goals, food, health and travel. Basically, it’s a life style, it’s a life vision. A way of taking your place in the world.
- Having less means you spend less.
- Less means you worry less.
This goes for bigger managerial projects as well as something as simple as the desk where I work every day. I have noticed that if I have tons of little things up on the desk, like.. candles, souveniers, photos and plants, my mind feels cluttered and that thing I’m trying to focus on is just one of many that occupies my eyesight. If I clean away everything and only keep the essentials in my eyesight: a notebook, my computer, a glass of water and maybe my phone, then my brain knows where to focus my attention and I get the job done without tiring out my senses.
In a larger perspective, this lessons came for me after reading the book Essentialism by Greg McKeown. Having too many friendships to keep up with, 7 different goals and projects to manage and build, studies and job applications, rents to pay and travel plans to make for the winter... it would take jedi to not get stressed and anxious about just staying afloat.
Instead, I’ve learned to only work on one or maybe two essential goals and projects at the time. At this moment, my only focus is to mix and finish my new covers album. Before that album is finished and released, I will not start another project or even plan another one. When one of my million ideas per day pops up in my head, I have instead learned to quickly jot it down in my notebook where I keep track of all future goals and plans. When this project is done, I will go into my notes, pick the next project and put all my attention on it until it’s achieved.
Same goes with friendships and relationships. Instead of feeling sorry for not having more time to catch up with old class mates, travel friends and family, I try to keep my closest people close, and treasure them like diamonds. I remember their birthdays, send them x-mas cards and appreciate their presence.
As a long-term nomad, vagabond and most of all starving artist, I have learned that having a low overhead is crucial to my wellbeing and safety. With overhead I mean the monthly cost for simply surviving. Rent, food budget, bus tickets, phone calls and internet. That’s what my monthly overhead is. I don’t have subscriptions to apps, spotify, netflix, car insurance and other glittery stuff. If I know I can survive on the essentials, I feel freer to create and go after my dream which has nothing to do with how much I own, but rather how I get to spend my days.
Same goes with how much I own in terms of belongings. If I know that I can quickly get everything I own into a luggage or two and that I could, if i had to, manage to move to another country by myself, then I feel freer. The thought of storing up on material possession just to own... gives me a headache.
FOOD AND HEALTH
I’m trying to stick to a plant-based diet, only eating clean, real, non-processed foods from the ground. I don’t use 100 ingredients and I don’t own a lot of kitchen equipment. This aves me a lot of energy deciding what to eat every day. It also gives me a lot of energy, only eating things that my body likes, can handle and can build strength and focus from.
I have found that the less commitments I have, the more flexible and free I feel and am. With commitments I mean things I sign up for and MUST attend, pay and follow through with. Memberships at gyms or clubs, an office, contracts or subscriptions.
As most of you might know, I’m constantly moving around, changing country and city almost every other month. But when it comes to deciding where and how to live, I have found that keeping it simple results in less time wasted on just transportation, and more time spent on something I value. For example, I always find a simple, small, clean room with only the essentials. I always try to live a little outside of the busy centre because it gives me peace and calm to be able to go out for a run without the craziness of city life. But it has also become important for me to live in cities where I don’t have to get on an underground in order to meet up a friend or go to a yoga class. I have saved countless hours on living in smaller cities where I can walk or bike everywhere, instead of wasting 2 hours of my days simply sitting on an underground, getting somewhere while getting annoyed at other people’s low energy.
Simple, clean, close to the things I need (grocery store, a coffee shop, a post office, some sort of community like a yoga studio or music school) and affordable. Those are my lead words while deciding where to live.
Lastly, keeping things simple and essential enables me to live more intentionally. When you’re not being controlled and directed by 100 people, commitments, bills to pay, projects to work on, meet-ups to attend, you can elegantly and intentionally design your own days so that you wake up, go through and go to sleep with a sense of peace, calm and awareness of your every move. You can use every hour doing something that matters to you and you can intentionally make a decision to veer out on a journey when you feel the time is right.
Maybe most of all, having a minimalistic life enables me to pursue my passions. A low overhead enables me to live and thrive on a minimal income. Putting more value in experiences, growth and knowledge rather than possession, material things and money, enables me to feel the same sense of happiness by singing for a room of a people as maybe some people would get from buying a car. Having less commitments enables me to spend my time with focus and intention so I can build this dream of mine. No minutes wasted.
Minimalism is not a strict rule system, it’s not a crazy sect of people who will you that you must do this and cannot do this. It’s a tool and a set of values, that you can use to be inspired and reorganise your life so that it is designed and crafted perfectly for you.
To finish this off, I’d like to share some further inspirations that you can look up if you find this interesting.
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