Happy Monday, lovely readers!
How was your weekend? If you didn't know, but I'm sure you probably did, Saturday was Earth Day! And it was unusually chilly here in Dallas. We had a big storm come through Friday night that brought with it a cold front. Luckily, my writing group and I got our Happy Hour drinks in before the mayhem let loose (Hey Hive!). Saturday morning, I had brunch with my dear friends Katherine and Hadley. Poor Will and Jimmy, but man, those gals can make me laugh. Brunch was followed by a venture over to Fair Park where a large Earth Day festival was being held. I felt kind of bad because the weather was pretty crappy, but we went anyway because Jimmy wanted to look at the Tiny House Village.
What do you guys think about those? I think they are pretty neat, but I'm not sure I could do it without going a little stir crazy. A lot of them are really well done, there is tons of storage, but walking ten feet and you've covered your living room, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom just seems a bit claustrophobic to me.
After Jimmy and I both decided that the tiny homes were cool, but probably not for us, we went home and snuggled up. Because it was cold. And because it was Saturday, so why not? Jimmy put on a documentary, by chance or by choice I'm not sure, called:
Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things
It was very interesting and eye-opening. It is about two guys who, after years getting mentally and physically beat down working in the business world, decide to say enough is enough and live a more minimalistic life. They were killing themselves trying to "keep up with the Joneses." They had no joy in life because they placed their happiness in things.
When I first started watching, I got kind of frustrated. What's so wrong with having nice things? What's so wrong with wanting something? But I got my answer, and I liked it. The Minimalists don't have a problem with you wanting material possessions. They simply want you to stop and think why you want that. We live in an insane world of advertising. Have you ever thought about that? How the latest and greatest is always shoved down our throats? My iPhone6 works just fine, but hell, the 7 is out now, so why not?
What I liked most about this documentary, is that it got me thinking about what really means most to me? I'm embarrassed to say it, but Jimmy and I have FOUR TVs in our 1,490 square foot home. And we only watch... TWO of them. One is in the guest room not even hooked up, and another is in the garage, under an inch of dust. That's pretty silly. We also both have a closet AND dresser full of clothes. Most I don't wear anymore, because I don't really like them, or I'm praying I'll be a size 4 again one day.
But, I love books. I have tons of books. And the Minimalists say that is A-Okay. If something brings meaning to your life, if it brings you happiness, keep it. Have a favorite collection? Add to it. Minimalism simply wants you to look at your life and decide what adds value to it. The rest, who needs it? And what I love about their message is that everyone's view of minimalism might not look the same. How I choose to de-clutter my life might look different than yours. But the hope is, that by getting rid of all that extra stuff, fluff, crap, it will make more room for whats most important in life: health, relationships, your passions. And this will hopefully give you the freedom to live a more meaningful life.
Watch the trailer for the documentary, available now on Netflix.
So, what do you guys think? For me, I love the idea. But I know it takes baby steps. There's a ton of crap in our house right now that I know I'll have no trouble getting rid of. But for me, the hard part might be the mindset. Being honest with myself about why I really want something. Do I want this because it will add value to my life, or because I'm trying to make a statement? Trying to fit in? Trying too hard...
Let me know what you think! Is this something you would be interested in? Or do you think it's a bunch of hoopla? Hope everyone had a decent, not too shitty Monday!
Until next time,
P.S. If you want to check out more of the Minimalists, you can view their website here.