6 Ways Becoming A Minimalist Will Change Your Life

When I first started experimenting with minimalism two years ago, I had no idea that it would change my life as much as it did.

I thought I would declutter my space and just feel slightly better, but that’s not what happened. Instead, my entire life changed for the better, and if you’re contemplating becoming a so-called ‘minimalist’, your life will probably change in a similar way.

The minimalist community has grown exponentially in the past few years. I believe this has everything to do with worldwide financial turmoil, concerns for the environment, high levels of debt, and just the general realization that there’s more to life than just possessions.

Minimalism is everywhere around us. Ever since smartphones became popular and widely available, many people have ditches their address books, MP3-players, separate camera’s, books and more.

The same things happens in the drug store. Lots of brands are buying into the minimalist marketing approach – brands that used to package their products in glittery, colourful bottles are now going for sleek, simple design with clear call-to-actions and promises of the products. That’s what the people want these days.

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Of course, then there are people like me who like talking about being a minimalist as much as being one – this lifestyle has truly changed who I am as a person, and I would love for other people to experience the same thing I did. Here’s how my life changed

Financial freedom

Being minimal means having to spend less money, because you feel the need for less things. But not only that, my minimalism journey completely shifted my perspective on consumerism. Suddenly, clothes, purses and expensive make-up didn’t seem that important to me, especially if they aren’t ethically produced.

I learned that cheaper isn’t always better, and now often opt for a slightly more expensive option that will last me for a longer amount of time. I still buy what I need, but only what I need.

If you like fashion and make-up, that’s completely fine to spend money on, but for me, those things don’t bring me a huge amount of joy.

Being aware of the environment

Minimalism made me realize that consumerism really does have a big impact on our planet. By having a more minimalist lifestyle, you avoid (overly) contributing to landfills and you’re decreasing the demand for products. Minimalism seeped into many different aspects of my life, including the food I eat, the products I buy and the way I choose to travel. 

Of course, not everything I own is ethically produced – you could even argue that nothing is completely ethical – but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try to use fewer resources. When fewer resources are being expended, less pollution will be entering the ecosystem – and every little bit counts. Read More »

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Why I Stopped Wearing Bras And How You Can Too

I vividly remember the first time I truly considered going braless. I had been talking to a friend who has much bigger boobs than me – she’s a D cup – and she goes braless all the time.

”It’s fine, a bit uncomfortable at first, but I wouldn’t have it any other way now.”

What intrigued me, was that I never even noticed she didn’t wear bras. She’s one of those people who always dresses well, has a distinctive style and perfect make-up. At that point, in my mind going braless was still something only sloppy people did. Something I’ve changed my opinion on since.

And the funny part was, I have much smaller boobs than her. I sport a small B cup, to be exact. I’ve grown to love my small boobs, and came to the realization that I only wore bras because it was normal to do so. With my size, I don’t need the support of a bra and I personally don’t care a whole lot about a nipple poking through every once in a while. Not to mention that there is some scientific evidence that wearing a bra can actually be bad for you.

So, I decided to stop wearing bras. In the beginning, it felt like everyone was staring at me. Even though they weren’t, well, except for a few people.

An older lady at a restaurant.

A guy when I was waiting in line at a bank.

A friend saying my girls looked so perky.

But I liked it. And I continue to go braless about 90% of the time. If you want to go braless but you’re worried about nips, your self-esteem or you just feel a bit uncomfortable, I have a few tried-and-true tips for you!

How To Start Going Braless: 4 Tips

Wear thick fabrics or layers: I like wearing layers in the spring when it’s not super hot outside. I pair a tight, thinner shirt with a jacket or cardigan that falls over my boobs so my nips don’t show. If you just want to wear a shirt or top on its own, try to look for fabric that closely resembles the fabric of a sweater, as it’s usually a lot thicker.Read More »

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100 Ways To Practice Self-Care

Self-care seems to be a hot topic in bloggerland, and I couldn’t be happier about it. In the past year, I’ve gotten more into self-care myself and it has made both my physical and mental health a lot better.

I think we all would like to take better care of ourselves, but  we often don’t really know where to start. Today I want to share 100 self-care activities with you. Even if you work on one or two activities at a time, you will be able to make a big change.

 

Remember, in the end it’s all about making a sustainable change for you, to become happier and healthier in the long run.

100 self-care activities

  1. Sleep in
  2. Take a walk in a neighbourhood you don’t visit often
  3. Eat a homecooked meal you love
  4. Go for a bike ride
  5. Take a long, hot shower
  6. Do a face mask
  7. Meditate
  8. Call your friend
  9. Pick up a that new hobby you’ve wanted to try for a while now
  10. Stretch
  11. Watch a motivating YouTube video
  12. Watch a horror movie while eating ice cream
  13. Take photos of the things that you love
  14. Declutter your space
  15. Sit and listen to the sounds of nature
  16. Stay off of social media while eating breakfast, lunch and dinner
  17. Read a book instead of scrolling through your phone before sleeping at night
  18. Do some yoga
  19. Wear something that makes you feel beautiful
  20. Laugh
  21. Pet an animal
  22. Go to a cafe by yourself
  23. Re-watch an episode of your favorite TV-show
  24. Pamper yourself: get a manicure or haircut
  25. Light a candle
  26. Go for a swim
  27. Read inspirational quotes on Pinterest
  28. Drink a bottle of water
  29. Dance
  30. Create a vision board
  31. Watch your favorite movie
  32. Listen to an album from start to finish
  33. Have a cup of tea
  34. Have lunch with a friend
  35. Smile at a stranger
  36. Volunteer
  37. Go outside and watch the sunset
  38. Write a list of things you’re thankful for
  39. Try a new recipe
  40. Slow down and be in the present
  41. Buy yourself some flowers
  42. Paint your nails
  43. Go for a run
  44. Write yourself a love letter
  45. Fill in your calendar
  46. Lotion your entire body
  47. Take a power nap
  48. Take a day off of work
  49. Write down your goals for the upcoming week
  50. Listen to a podcast
  51. Read old posts of your favorite blog
  52. Take deep breaths
  53. Look through your photos and be proud of what you have accomplished in life
  54. Practice mindful eating
  55. Paint
  56. Take a coffee break
  57. Try a green smoothie
  58. By yourself something that’s been on your mind for a while
  59. Wear your favorite outfit
  60. Get on top of your finances
  61. Go to bed early
  62. Eat a big breakfast
  63. Replace negative thoughts with positive ones
  64. Go to a museum
  65. Try a new food
  66. Get up at sunrise
  67. Take a yoga class
  68. Treat yourself to some luxury dark chocolate
  69.  Write in your journal
  70. Take a digital detox
  71. Drink lots of green tea
  72. Tidy your room or house
  73. Get out your Christmas lights, even if it’s July
  74. Wear fluffy socks
  75. Pluck your eyebrows
  76. Organise a party
  77. Learn to say no
  78. Be in the present
  79. Sing
  80. Celebrate your small achievements
  81. Make yourself a a nice, big salad
  82. Take a bath
  83. Buy new bedsheets or pillows
  84. Change the lockscreen of your phone to something that makes you happy
  85. Tell someone you love them
  86. Snuggle with your pet
  87. Visit the zoo
  88. Watch a stand-up comedy show
  89. Grow your own herbs
  90. Throw yourself a party
  91. Plan your dream vacation
  92. Learn something new
  93. Turn your phone off
  94. Bake cookies
  95. Buy coffee for a stranger
  96. Look yourself in the mirror and say you’re beautiful
  97. Visit a new city by yourself
  98. Give someone online a compliment
  99. Change the furniture in your house
  100. Declutter your workspace

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When Does Minimalism Become Unhealthy?

I watched a video from Sarah Nourse a few weeks ago called ”Why I Stopped Making Minimalism Videos” and haven’t been able to stop thinking about it since. I just really felt I recognized where she was coming from, and the entire video I couldn’t stop nodding my head.

Minimalism is supposed to be fun and enrich your life. It shouldn’t be a competition where you need to own less than x to belong to the club. Everybody is different, and therefore the perception of minimalism is going to be different.

I want the minimalism community to be inclusive and welcoming of new members – we all love being part of this community & this tool/lifestyle, and we should be happy to introduce other people to it! I don’t want to quit being a minimalist or not feel welcome in this community because I’m not minimal enough, nor do I want anyone else to feel this way!

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