Discovering Minimalism and Financial Independence

Life is a constant evolution; my journey into minimalism started in early 2019. I wouldn’t have described myself as a maximalist before 2019 either. Exploring minimalism has changed my life and it’s still changing my future.

What is Minimalism?

The interpretation of minimalism is personal. Looking at minimalism on the surface, you can discover a world of extremes and oddities. To me, minimalism is understanding the value that relationships and choices bring. Minimalism is about asking the ‘right’ questions. Finally, it’s making active decisions which affect your life and others around you.

What have i learnt?

This is a vast question and something that will need future writing with more structure. I’ve learnt to reflect and question my life. From my career, to being more intentional with choices that impact my current & future self. One of my key learnings is that work-life balance is important. Chasing endless salary increases, without purpose - is meaningless.

What have i adjusted?

Since delving deeper into minimalism, I have focussed on many experiments and choices. This has ultimately led to adjustments in my lifestyle and I’m going to list a few below:

Relationship with money, debt and the importance of financial independence.

I’ve prioritised the removal of financial stress: debt. It’s important to focus on your future self.

Approach to work and the balance with my life and relationships.

I’ve set boundaries and re-evaluated my focus from live to work,  to work to live.

Embracing intentionality when committing to purchases.

I’ve slowed down impulse decisions. I’ve waited a few days to really question whether this is a want or a need (wants are ok too!).

Questioning the contents of my home.

It’s human nature to store possessions  I’ve identified and asked whether an item is useful, adding value or whether I’ve even used it recently. The benefits are a calm environment with meaningful possessions.

Pursuing manual processes that offer a better connection and a focus on the present.

Automation is great, multitasking isn’t. Some things are better done manually. Example: choosing a hand coffee grinder over a pre-ground bag or using an electric grinder. Using energy to grind coffee beans, focusses your mind. The end result is that the coffee tastes that much better.

A focus on myself and those closest to me.

Exploring minimalism has prompted a focus on myself and close relationships. You can’t make meaningful changes, without focussing on yourself first.

Minimal Coffee

Useful resources

Since pursuing minimalism, I’ve loved listening to and watching a couple of resources.