becoming minimalist and why more is just more

May 18, 2015

decluttering and living simply
UPDATE: This becoming minimalist post is back by popular demand. 

Since returning home from my first solo travel trip ever, I immediately fell prey to the "system" yet again. 

This time, the love of my life has seen the light and decided the system doesn't work for him either. So we are off to travel the world, leaving everything behind. This is how my minimalist journey started...


I'm a little fed up. I live in a country where I wake up every morning for the sole purpose of paying bills and taxes. Where my government officials wake up every morning to serve people, so long as those people deal them eight-figure checks under the table. Where capitalist conglomerate CEOs wake up every morning to ensure they're creating the absolute healthiest foods, safest drugs, and the most transparent companies on Earth. If they happen to turn over a tiny profit of 13.6 billion dollars, then hey, that's just a bonus. And who can forget the drones. Oh. No. No no, not the fly by night kind. The 9-5 kind. You know the ones. The sluggish drones who also wake up every morning complacent, fearful, and unfulfilled; plugging in hours at a job they loathe while penning a blog at night they hope will make them rich, perpetuating relationships they dream of having the courage to end, making bucket lists they have no business creating in the first place, and envying the lives of prettier, skinner, more famous [enter names here] while never acknowledging that [enter names here] detests their own lives too. Lindsay Lohan with a side of Amanda Bynes anyone?

preserving what money can't buy with ViaCord

Oct 14, 2014

myself and a fellow Blogher blogger at the ViaCord event

What the heck does a minimalist fashion and lifestyle blog have to do with science? That's what you'll be wondering quite soon, which is completely understandable as it was the question that was repeatedly popping up over and over again while posing for the picture above in the lobby of one of the world's largest PR firms for a supremely over-my-level-of-comprehension conference event for ViaCord. But as with most things judged based on ignorance with just a smidgin of self-absorption, my mind was blown that there was a whole industry I knew nothing about that was saving as many lives as stilettos were tripping up not so effortless fashionistas strolling on cobblestone streets. Is it that we all have our heads to far up our you know whats, or is it more than that? When I mused about my minimalist number (a number that's so much less embarrassing for people to proclaim than the other number, cough cough) I posed a question to you all: what would life loom like if we weren't spending 70% of our time buying crap we don't need? Becoming minimalist or living more consciously is not just about saving face, saving debt, or saving the environment, we can actually be in tune with opportunities that can save lives. I should know seeing as how my lifelong dream is to have even just a fraction of Oprah or Bill Gates' fortune so I can spend my latter life as a philanthropist. Well low and behold, not going into debt for the sake of collecting Givenchy bags because some superficial fashion blogger said so means I can also benefit my family because yes, being a mother one day is a dream that will forever trump having the biggest wardrobe among my circle of friends.

how to do a 30 day becoming minimalist detox

Oct 12, 2014

Have you ever met a disorganized Amish family? 

There are no disorganized Amish. It's like finding chaos at The Container Store or a hair out of place on a bald man. It just doesn't happen.

Amish live very simply; they are not bombarded with other worldly distractions and their routine daily habits are instilled in their heritage. I wish my heritage had a what to expect when expecting a life full of materialistic unruly bullshit woven right into the fiber of my DNA too. But let's not indulge in envy. What isn't innate can be acquired. Freedom is a birthright, and what we do with it can perpetually set us free or figuratively box us into a life where over-consumption is praised more than altruism.