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Focusing on Balance in the New Year

Posted in Lifestyle
on January 8, 2018

Millennials work pretty hard if you ask me.

Most of my friends are working two jobs, or working full-time and going to grad school, or working full-time and pursuing a side business. I love to see all these amazing people chase their dreams and go after their goals. It’s incredible.

But also, I worry about this generation because we have normalized a busy scheduled. We have forgotten what it’s like to practice self care, take time to pursue slow living and live in the moment. We lose this sense of balance in our lives, and it’s time we make balance a priority in 2018. Instead of only focusing on your 9-5 job, make time to focus on everything that’s important to you.

Stop working 10-hour days, and make time for rest.

Stop isolating yourself, and make plans with people you love.

Stop ignoring your goals, and make them happen.

And I’m sure you’re wondering how you can make this happen.

Minimalism is how I achieve the ultimate balance in life. It’s how you’ll be able to work an eight-hour day, have time for self care, friends and family, vacation, and everything else that’s important to you.

How?

With minimalism, you’re removing all the non-essential things in your life to make room for all the essential things in your life including the goals you have for yourself. Minimalism helps you achieve your goals, so it’s a win-win situation for you and your life.

Related: Why Minimalism is Refreshing

After decluttering my home, I spend less time cleaning every day, so I have time to have a girl’s night with my friends, catch up with my family on FaceTime, blog, and take time for myself. After implementing positive habits in my life like meal prepping on Sundays, I don’t waste hours every day cooking and making meals each day, which leaves time for appointments, workouts, sleep, and wedding planning.

Does it take extra effort to plan shopping lists in advance and meal prep meals in one day? YES! But, the amount of time, energy, and money I save in the long run is more than worth it.

After planning productive weekdays, I can spend an entire Saturday in my bed without any guilt. There’s always room for recharging my mind and body. Giving yourself time to recharge is so important, especially since we have glorified the idea of busyness.

Instead of stressing yourself out with to-do lists longer than a short novel, start with minimalism. Remove what you don’t need to make room for the things you need. 

The benefits you’ll see after taking on a more minimalist lifestyle are life changing! Instead of always feeling the need to hustle, work another job, do another project we simply can’t take on—remind yourself that you deserve a break. Stay balanced in life. Remember to take care of yourself. Get check-ups regularly. Drink water. Get enough sleep each night. Do things you love. Minimalism allows you to stay balanced and grounded.

So, how will you be more balanced in 2018? Maybe you work an extra five hours a week, and you haven’t made yourself a meal in a week. So not only are you overworked, but you’re also not taking care of yourself. It’s time to stop the bad habits that busyness brings, and get minimalism, and intentional living in your life. Trust me when I say that you WON’T regret it.

It’s a new year, so I’m interested to hear on how you plan to live a more balanced life in 2018? What part of your life in unbalanced? What can you do to make it right? Make sure to share in the comments below!

Ki Signature

 

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5 Ways to Practice Minimalism [That Doesn’t Involve Decluttering]

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on October 16, 2017

I know what you’re thinking…

You think that minimalism is ALL about decluttering. Decluttering your closets, decluttering your kitchen, decluttering your basement. It’s all about getting rid of things you don’t use. I’m here to drop a major truth bomb.

Minimalism isn’t ONLY about decluttering.

Sure, is it a huge focus that you see all over Pinterest and YouTube? Yes, it definitely is. But I want people to understand that there are so many other ways to practice this lifestyle that doesn’t involve you going through your entire house and purging every other day. Although I definitely believe decluttering is extremely helpful in this process, it isn’t the only component of living more minimally. So, I’m here to share five other ways you can practice living a minimalist lifestyle, that has nothing to do with decluttering.

1| Focus on your buying habits.

You can declutter all you want, but if you’re going right back to the store—then you’re not doing yourself any good. The purpose of minimalism is that you’re removing the non-essential to make more room for what is essential. It’s about only having what you need rather than a new trend you may want temporarily. This could be a long post by itself, but you can also focus on shopping consciously at second-hand shops and thrifting for items to help with budgeting and ethical shopping. P.S. Have you checked out the true cost? It’s absolutely life-changing.

2| Go green + DIY.

Another area where you can simplify and minimize your life is with cleaning and beauty products. I’ve been focusing on streamlining my beauty routine and researching more on DIY scrubs, and natural products for my skin like coconut oil and homemade coffee scrubs. You can also clean a lot of of your home using vinegar and essential oils. There are tons of bloggers out there who are helpful should you decide to learn more about natural, green products for cleaning and beauty.

3| Rethink your food.

I have to give my brother and sister a shoutout here because I admire how they garden. They grow their own vegetables, fruit and herbs—and you can tell they enjoy the process and work behind it. Minimalism deals with consumption, which includes the food you eat. I’ve been trying hard to stay away from processed foods and enjoy a mix of fruits, vegetables, and protein. When we move into our home, I hope to do a little more with planting herbs and gardening in hopes that it will help me choose more plants and healthy, whole foods rather than snacks and junk food.

4| Practice what you preach. 

If you’re practicing minimalism, how do you show others? When the holidays roll around, are you giving nieces and nephews more clothes they don’t need, and toys they may only use for a short time? If yes, you’re not being faithful in your practices. Although not everyone practices this lifestyle, it’s important to remember that practicing what you preach is essential. If people see you giving unnecessary things, people will give YOU unnecessary things YOU don’t need or want. You’re only hurting yourself in the long run. Instead, give your niece and nephew day passes to the local zoo, aquarium, museum, or park they love. Give your sibling a date night with their spouse to a trampoline park or a new brewery. Give experiences or things they need or are useful.

5|  How are your goals?

Let’s say you’ve been working on this how minimalism business for awhile now, and you’ve purged your entire house from top to bottom. You went from spending an hour every day cleaning to two hours a week cleaning. You now have TONS of time on your hands because you aren’t cleaning and cooking for hours every single day. So what are you spending your time on? If you’re filling up your time with Netflix and social media—stop immediately. Get our your vision board and see what you want to accomplish. Now, make more time to actually work on those goals. Minimalism is about making time and space for the goals and life you want to live. Now, go do it.

You all know I love a good decluttering session, but there are other aspects of minimalism that will bring bliss to your life. Once you’re done decluttering, look to some of the other examples above like growing your own food, focusing on your goals and dreams, and overhauling your shopping habits.

What area of minimalism do you think would be the easiest and hardest for your to apply to your life? What area of minimalism do you think you’ll tackle next? Or, are you still working on the decluttering stages of your journey? 

Ki Signature

 

 

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