How I Unknowingly Became a Minimalist: A Story about Me.

Emily Rose
6 min readOct 4, 2021

Minimalism for Beginners

Transitioning through seasons in life correspondingly brings adjustments in routines. Years ago when I first began a lifestyle of living with significantly less than I ever had before, the shift of strengthening connections to people, deepening the significance of time spent, and appreciating the items that were deemed meaningful and productive to keep in my every day became apparent. The shift, of course, came with an abundance of moments that were uncomfortable, unfamiliar, and uniquely new to my personal life having once been filled with a continuous stream of newness and an inability to slow down to dismiss the old.

Finding the balance between living with too much and too little is unique for everyone. I’ve found there’s not 100% absolute for living a successful minimalist life but rather, structure rooted within a mindset that guides us into our stride of the healthiest version of ourselves. That structure eventually moves into the lens of our every day as the filter in which we process information in, and filter information out, shifts without the slightest awareness. It will show itself in making decisions about the stuff in your home, the ingredients in your food, the number of socks in your drawers, and the to-do list of all the items that must be accomplished before the conclusion of any given day. It will determine what we view as successes and failures, and it will guide us into intentionality in a way we never thought possible in human connection and communication. It will re-prioritize our lives and outlooks in ways that we never thought possible. And possibly the most worthy note to account for is that it brings a new sense of self-respect and worth. Personally, I believe this shift to be the greatest in setting the stage for everything else to follow suit shifting towards a lifestyle with healthy boundaries and time management.

So, tread lightly, if you’re not ready then don’t open the door. But, if you are in a season that every day seems to end with the to-do list left undone, the relationships at surface level or stretched too thin, the house a wreck, and the mindset…

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Emily Rose

Language Learner and Avid Traveler. Travel Advisor & Advocate of Wholesome Healing. Tiny Home & Minimal Living. Ghostwriter.