my minimalism 2014
I didn’t write a lot about my minimalist journey in 2013. It does not mean it’s any less a part of my life, in fact quite the opposite. It is a strong, important part of my psyche that means a lot to me and indeed is now also a valuable coping mechanism for my worsening vision. Sometimes I didn’t want to write about it, just live it. Sometimes it’s hard when others don’t understand it and tease you for something that is very important and helpful to you. Sometimes the most profound thoughts remain unsaid and that is lovely. There were no massive undertakings last year, just a continual chipping away at purging stuff, trying to slow its entry into our home, and mulling over thoughts and priorities and dreams.
The minimalist in me is most happy when travelling with just a suitcase of belongings (but with access to good quality healthy food in the absence of a kitchen sink!). As has always occurred post-travels since I was a teenager, upon returning home I seek to declutter more. When travelling I am reminded of how much more free & peaceful I feel with less stuff, less time online, less nonsense filling the mind and indeed how much less we need to live comfortably and healthily. Speaking of mind clutter, I resolve to work more consciously on the one 2013 resolution that I neglected – caring too much about what others think. Minimalism forces us to face many issues as we limit our interactions and attention to the meaningful and it’s a hard slog but one I want to conquer. I am good at doing what is true to me, but still too concerned with what others think of me and this needs to change – want to cheer each other on? My cookbook project forced me to explore different types of cooking and therefore discover what appeals to me most. I’m taking this new comfort and acceptance of my own food style forward as I seek to declutter the kitchen of more gadgets and pieces this year and not bring anything into it that isn’t already a determined need. I’m also seeking to reduce my cookbook collection from 30 books to 15 and have already made a start. I’m keeping those that inspire me with my kind of recipes and imagery, but conversely are also easy on my vision with minimal paper reflectiveness, indexes/contents pages, clear print and layouts. My wardrobe is always moving towards my goal of less clothes with only those that look and feel good. I recently found a photo of my wardrobe from years ago and was shocked at how much I owned at its peak! Some items won’t be replaced until they are worn out. I’ve accepted that I am best wearing sporty clothes more often in summer for the amount of walking I do. I’ve made good progress this year in learning more about what colours work best, particularly now that I have not coloured my hair since late 2010 and have loved seeing my natural hues come through. I’m experimenting with working with my natural hair texture more often rather than always blow-drying it or having it cut for a hair type other than my own. My bathroom cabinet remains pretty basic bar a few products for experimentation and what I suspect will be a very brief flirtation with nail polish for the first time since summer 2009 – fixing up the chips after a couple of days, and the additional products in the bathroom just annoy me! At some point I’d like to go through my Sentimental Suitcase and re-evaluate its contents. My books are most enjoyed on my Kindle where I can use enlarged text, backlighting and a lightweight object to carry many engrossing reads. I would like to have zero physical books enter the shelves this year. I have decided to resist temptation (even in the face of enthusiasm) and reduce my involvement with events so that I can focus that energy on my own projects, some of which I will share in due course.
I continue to be grateful for all of you who interact with me via this space – your friendships and support are precious and I’m happy that in using only blogging, one social media channel for my nearest, and email, I have found a way to navigate this noisy world and reach through to the heart-warming real. Thank you for being a part of that.
Want to share your goals for 2014?