During my little blogging hiatus over the summer, I got really into the idea of minimalism. I was riding the train home from work, scrolling through my Instagram feed, when I saw someone posted about a “capsule wardrobe” inspired by the blog Unfancy. Something about this struck a chord, so I went over to Unfancy and then down a rabbit hole of all things minimalist.
I’m not afraid to admit that I’ve been a pretty materialistic person my whole life. I blame my early obsession with Mary-Kate & Ashley and my efforts to emulate their pre-teen style via the Limited Too. Fast forward a decade, and this desire to look good, dress well, live well only heightened in New York City. Most days I loved walking around the city, being inspired by style, design, and beautiful things (i.e. the beautiful people at SoulCycle). But some days I would just feel depressed that I couldn’t afford those beautiful things and everything that I did have wasn’t good enough.
So when I started to read into minimalism, I really liked the idea of de-cluttering my life of the things that didn’t bring me joy and savoring the things that do. I was getting tired of feeling depressed about all the things I didn’t have. And this idea doesn’t just apply to stuff, it relates to relationships, careers, commitments: simplify/minimize/say no to the things that don’t make you happy, and say yes to the things that do. Sounds so simple, but for a life-long people-pleaser, can’t-say-no-er, want-to-impress-everyone, this is a challenge.
One thing that has helped me de-clutter those thoughts has been immersing myself in blogs, books, podcasts, and social media by other people who follow a minimalist lifestyle. Here are a few of my favorites that I recommend if you’re interested in this whole minimalism thing, or just looking for some new perspective on all things fashion, health, and business.
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. The principles he discusses in this book can relate to anything from exercise and the way you eat to starting a new business.
Unfancy. Blogger Caroline creates a capsule wardrobe of 37 pieces in four 3-month increments throughout the year. Her style is on point and very inspiring to see!
Well-Aware Podcast. Host Lindsey interviews leaders in the wellness space with a focus on health, sustainability, and kindness.
Better Than Before (book) and Happier (podcast) by Gretchen Rubin. I was already a fan of The Happiness Project, but I enjoyed Better Than Before even more. Not necessarily about minimalism, but her strategies for habits success are all about knowing thyself better.
The Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey. Again, not directly related to minimalism and I’m not a fan of the religious references, but his principles related to money are simple, back to basics, and have definitely helped me & Kevin as we’ve combined finances.