Welcome to Born Again Minimalist, a blog by Caitlin Reed
My life was trudging along, average as ever, when I suddenly realized I had entirely too much clutter. I had just signed a hold agreement on my first apartment after living with my parents for six months. As I began re-packing my things and inspecting the boxes in storage, I wondered why I had been accumulating stuff for nearly 25 years of life without the ability to let go of it. Something inside me snapped, and I got rid of half my things in a week before I moved into my new place. Since then, I’ve been living a minimalist lifestyle. It’s not always perfect, but I’m getting there and sharing my challenges as well as my successes along the way. I have been inspired by other minimalist bloggers and I hope to inspire others to live more simply in order to make more room for life and joy.
What’s up with the flowers?
My logo is a lotus, and not just because I think they’re pretty. Buddhist philosophy sees the lotus as a symbol of fortune, purification, faith, and enlightenment. The lotus grows and blooms in muddy water, much as I have grown and bubbled up to the murky surface of my life and begun to grow past it, to live a more enlightened life that focuses more on love and joy than material possessions. The lotus is a symbol of rebirth — this could mean a change of ideology, a turning point in one’s life, literal reincarnation of the soul after death, or anything between. The image of the lotus helps me to remember that I’m growing and changing all the time.
What’s the blog about?
I write about minimalist living and philosophy. Sometimes I post about song lyrics or a movie or book that inspired minimalist musings. Sometimes I respond to other great minimalists’ blog posts that really make me think. Sometimes I take photos and give the readers examples of my own minimalist journey, from downsizing my closet to cleaning out my bathroom to getting rid of 42 kitchen items in one go. If you’d like to read about a topic I haven’t covered, there’s a handy suggestion box to let me know!
I hope you follow me along my journey.