"Like Henry David Thoreau, but with Wi-Fi."
There’s a fire sale happening in my house. Everything must go!
Ok, maybe not everything, but if you’ve ever moved - even into another bedroom down the hall - you know what a pain in the ass it is. And the more you start packing, the more you realize that it’s just *stuff.*
And in 32 (ahem, almost 33) years on this earth, I have a accumulated a ton of stuff.
And the thing is - I only love maybe 10% of it. I probably wouldn’t even notice if someone gradually stole rest of it.
Enter The Minimalists.
I was introduced to The Minimalists (hey, fellow Ohioans!) a couple years ago but never really drank the kool-aid or even followed along closely. But as the insanity of moving countries started to settle in, I wanted nothing more than a clean break. Not an excuse to buy all new stuff (although, feel free to buy me things, Phil), but a chance to start fresh - evaluate the why behind the things in my life.
So I re-visited The Minimalists and devoured most of their essays. And I started asking myself the questions they proposed. For every item in my possession, I asked myself “why do you own this?” And if the reason wasn’t because “I love it" or because it brought some sort of joy to my life then it went into the donate pile.
Because it’s just stuff.
The Minimalists ask you to examine the WHY behind the things you buy, which I think translates beautifully to other areas of your life, namely the main reason most of us fitblrs came to tumblr in the first place: we put a lot of stuff in our pie holes.
Sometimes it takes me hot minute before the light bulb comes on…
I never quite understood the concept of WHY when it came to food. The past few years have been a never ending stream of Paleo, Whole30, vegetarianism, and various other “diets.” I’m not saying ANY of those things are wrong choices for me or anyone else, but without the WHY behind the choices, it didn’t work for me. It never worked for me. At least not long term.
I’ve learned so much over the years from tumblr and the fitblr community (don’t worry - this post isn’t ending like you’re starting to think it is…) I just didn’t realize it. It took me applying the WHY strategies to other areas of my life before I really understood that that’s the whole point of why I joined tumblr in the first place. To figure out a ‘why’ behind the ‘too many calories.’
Trust me, I’m not saying I’ve figured it all out and will never again have to worry about mindless eating without a ‘why’ attached to it, but I do think I’m miles closer to a healthier relationship with food than I was when I penned my first tumblr post years ago.
(And bonus: I’ve saved a piggy bank’s worth of dolla-dolla bills now that I’ve stopped buying random crap.)