My name is Lizz and I created this blog to record my journey into minimalism, as that is what I realised I was doing. My journey was triggered by several debilitating lifelong health conditions, which led me to question everything. In questioning the meaning of life afresh and maybe because of my personal experiences of poor health, I noticed there was a desire emerging from within to rid myself of ‘stuff’. It was like I had fresh eyes all of a sudden; I realised how empty all of the stuff was, how it had never brought me the promised happiness and how it holds no answer to the massive, unanswered questions in my life.
So, I began to divest myself of the stuff. In doing so, I also looked on the internet for inspiration or answers to some of my questions, explanations for the way I was feeling. I struck upon blogs relating to minimalism. Suddenly I had something I could relate to, which made some kind of sense of my current position. Where once I relied upon religion to provide this, when it could offer no decent explanation of my situation- I moved away from it. However, in some strange way- minimalism may allow me an opportunity to try and bring together the two estranged halves of my life and my religion but definitely not in a traditional sense. It may be that minimalism just allows me to be more charitable.
In the beginning, I was not entirely at ease with my situation. But it has brought me to this place in my life where I can learn something new. I started to feel like I could find some meaning in my life again and so began my exposure to minimalism. If you Google the word ‘minimalism’, you will find that it is work set out to expose the essence of identity of a subject through eliminating all non-essential forms, features of concepts (Source- Wikipedia).
My journey has since evolved to incorporate a Zero Waste lifestyle (after a chance encounter with a library book!) which I feel is entirely compatible with Minimalism. In-fact it really should be part of a Minimalist lifestyle, in my humble opinion. I have also been able to learn a great deal about money-saving and non-traditional work opportunities. I hope that my blog can be a vehicle for me to exchange useful information with other like-minded individuals.