A New Minimalism
Lack. Boring. Empty. Insufficient.
There's something wrong with how many of us think about "minimalism". We believe that having less means being less or not being true to ourselves. It scares us. So, we dismiss it.
It doesn't have to be that way.
Leading a life of minimalism can mean something different for each of us. One person's perfect might be too much for another. Just enough for you might be way too little for your best friend.
There is no one right way to be a Minimalist.
We are all familiar with the story of Goldilocks and the three bears. What’s right for Papa Bear is way too much for the baby bear and Goldilocks. We are all different people, so why should we be expected to all use the same approach?
Minimalism doesn’t have to come from a place of scarcity; rather, it should come from a place of abundance.
We call it
I know what you’re thinking: HUH?! Those two words don’t belong together. Well, let’s take a look at their definitions.
min·i·mal·ism /ˈminəməˌlizəm/ noun: “a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity”
vi·brant /ˈvībrənt/ adjective: “full of energy and enthusiasm; quivering; pulsating; (of color) bright and striking”
A minimalist has applied the design aesthetic to his or her lifestyle by freeing up space in a home or a life. She has gotten rid of clutter and unwanted items or experiences. As a result, her home is cleaner, perhaps a bit sparse, and she spends her time doing what she needs and wants to do.
What is she really doing? Is it really all about reduction and removal?
She is making a choice. Then another. And another.
She is choosing what she loves enough to keep in her life. She can then let go of all the rest.
When you approach minimalism with this attitude, you are choosing how you want to live. Instead of picking only what you want to delete from your life, you are selecting what you want to have in it. The reality is, if you are reading this blog, you likely have enough, probably more than you need.
I know you may not feel like it. There never seems to be enough money, enough time, enough energy for most of us. If you are working two jobs, raising children alone, and struggling to makes ends meet without other support, holding what you love and cherish even closer may prove quite powerful.
Say goodbye to the busy-ness of today and hello to vibrant minimalism.
The 5 Rules of Vibrant Minimalism
We usually don't believe in hard and fast rules here at The Capsule Project. In this instance, however, we think these rules should not be broken.
- Cultivate an abundance mindset.
- Figure out what you love, what you desire.
- Prioritize your needs.
- Focus on what lights up your soul.
- Determine what just-right minimalism means to you.
I'd be lying if I said that following the rules will be easy. Well, at least not at first. We have become habituated to believing that the grass is always greener, that if we just had that next big thing our lives would be better. Cultivating the mindset that we have all (or almost all) we need and that we are capable and worthy of receiving what we don’t have but truly need is a very difficult task, but it is incredibly important.
An abundance mindset rests at the core of every happy minimalist.
Over the next several months we will explore:
- What each rule means in the abstract
- What each rule means to you
- How each rule plays out in various aspects of your life
- Actions you can take to incorporate these rules into your life
- How your actions move you towards Vibrant Minimalism
Which two colors make you feel the most alive?
Are you using these colors in your life? In your home, in your wardrobe? Is it a color you eat? Come up with 3 new ways to add these colors into your daily life.
Examine your feelings about minimalism. What are your preconceptions? Use this worksheet to write them down then flip the story. It will take five minutes, tops. All you have to do for now is sit with what you’ve written, nothing more