Born Again Minimalist
Minimalism is in. Stuff is out. But what does becoming minimalist mean? Here’s what Google has to say:
This isn’t a website about sculpture or painting in a minimalist style. It’s not about those five-finger minimalist shoes. It’s not about music with a hypnotic effect. (Although, I suppose it could be).
You can also see that minimalism exploded in Google search mentions around 2010. This blog started in 2012 when, after a divorce and living with my parents for six months with all my stuff in their basement, I realized I had way too much stuff. I had been accumulating meaningless objects my whole life and was largely focused on how to keep getting more meaningless objects. Enter minimalism.
What minimalism is
Minimalism is a lifestyle characterized by priorities and only having those things in your life which are beautiful and meaningful to you. A computer? Yes, I would like that. A big screen tv with surround sound? Not important to me, so I will pass. Minimalism is about doing what aligns with your priorities and basically telling everybody else’s priorities to take a hike.
What minimalism is not
Minimalism is not:
- Only wearing 10 items over and over again
- Only eating food that comes in bowls
- Only having one car, or no car
- Only owning one pair of shoes
- Being perfectly at peace with your worldly possessions
- Maintaining a perfectly zen attitude at all times
- Being vegan
- Being a nomad whose possessions all fit into a single backpack or duffel bag
- Eschewing physical books and movies for their digital or audible counterparts
- Owning 100 things
- Being a hippie
What minimalism is for you
Your minimalism is
- Whatever you want it to be
What this website does
Born Again Minimalist (No, I’m not religious, it’s a “renewal” thing, oh nevermind) is here to help you find your minimalism. I write about a lot of topics, including wellness, fitness, relationships, travel, food, home, and lifestyle. The earlier posts (circa summer 2012) go through a lot of my own personal decluttering. If you are looking around thinking, “Where did all this s*** come from???” then I recommend you start at the beginning and learn from my mistakes and experiences. Here to help.
I’m a little bit mouthy and a lot bit spiritual in the sense that I think the Universe gives me what I want and need because I expect it and manifest it through the power of being a badass.
I’m Caitlin, the alleged minimalist. You can’t tell right now because my house is a total mess, but I promise it’s driving me crazy and you’ll hear all about my decluttering soon. I’m hyperextended and very busy but also very, very happy when I’m able to do things I love to do, such as helping you learn more about living the life you deserve to live.
I believe that people are trapped in cages by society – people’s expectations put us in little boxes and I think those boxes suck. I’m here to help you get rid of your boxes, through physical decluttering of the actual stuff in boxes all over your house and through mental decluttering of all these barriers standing between you and your own personal brand of awesome.
Thanks for reading. Thanks for being on this journey with me. I am excited to learn with you and share what I know.