Sound familiar? We all are these days, aren’t we?
We keep ourselves so busy we aren’t sure where the days, weeks, months, even years go...and we ask ourselves where did the time go and what have we been doing? The real question is how we spend our limited time and what truly makes us happy.
The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” – Socrates
At the beginning of 2016, I realized I need a change and began asking myself, “What makes me happy?” I scoured the internet researching this topic…I read a book on “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less”, meditated in silence for 10 days and attended a course on compassionate communication. I even went to Colorado for a change of scenery. Sounds like I was keeping myself busy, busy, busy, filling my life with what I was trying to change, doesn’t it? But in the end, my diligence paid off because what I found was an old adage that kept coming up, “Less is more” and I remembered this quote from Confucius.
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. – Confucius
I simplified not just the things I owned, but the things on which I chose to focus from specific projects to relationships to life goals. I realized I was after a life of minimalism. Doesn’t that mean giving up everything you have? Not necessarily. I like the definition provided by Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, “Minimalism is a tool to rid yourself of life’s excess in favor of focusing on what’s important—so you can find happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.”
And what works for one person doesn’t work for another because we may value different things. For me, the key to happiness is minimalism by reducing my attachment to certain things. I realized that attachment to too many objects creates clutter and can get in the way of our freedom to do we want. The minimalist lifestyle can free us to begin new projects, move, travel, explore new things, meditate, be debt free, be healthy–truly live life to our utmost potential. With minimalism, we can strive to find our sense of self and focus on the things we love, to create a lifestyle that is streamlined and enriches you. It is about the core of what makes you happy.
A great example of the minimalist lifestyle are people who own tiny homes, and I had the chance this week to experience one first-hand. If you own one of these, you’ll spend less time cleaning, less time working to pay off your mortgage (maybe even be debt free) and be able to spend more time with your loved ones doing the things that are most important to you. More about tiny homes lifestyle here.
So when I received a message from a friend of mine who offered me a tiny vacation in her tiny home in Colorado Springs, I jumped at the opportunity to check this little gem out. I wanted to experience first hand what it would be like to fully embrace the minimalist lifestyle.
I invited my friend, Tara, who’s a huge tiny house advocate, packed up an overnight bag, including my petite 42 Dubonnet makeup, and we set out to experience a night in the tiny home in Colorado Springs.
The house was set up in a cute little space with a table outside and a deck around it. There were lots of windows and the 128 square foot space felt much larger than I imagined. What I enjoyed most about the tiny home was how everything was accessible from where you were sitting.
I also loved how everything had a dual purpose and no space was underutilized. The table in the kitchen was on a compressor and neatly tucked down, so you could make the breakfast area into a bed. I loved the dual nature.
My favorite part was the screen projector.
It was truly a unique experience and her tiny home was designed down to the last little detail. We even found a tiny popcorn bowl, lol. And yes, there was a space for our petite makeup.
The next morning we awoke to the crisp mountain view over the loft area. We made breakfast and enjoyed the delicious morning air. This gave me the idea to do a mini makeover on Tara in a tiny space, with petite makeup!
When we left, we felt like we’d experienced a taste of what living in a tiny home full-time would be like. It was fun to imagine first-hand what going more minimalist and off the grid would look like. I think each of us found new boundaries for ourselves and ideas to strive for in our lives.
As for 42 Dubonnet, it turns out, our products fit perfectly into the mini lifestyle of the tiny home. Petite products that let you embrace your minimalist lifestyle, whatever it is for you.
Are you a minimalist?
Last year, I realized something important about myself. I was always filling my life with a million things and spreading myself too thin...always busy, busy, busy.