It’s Lenten season and it reminds us of our fragility, our humanity, our humility, our “humus”, the Latin word for “earth”. I think it’s an appropriate time to confront and challenge oneself, to reflect on the way we live, to go back to the basics of life. To learn to appreciate what we have and not taking it for granted. Now Spring is coming and nature is awakening, we notice the importance of the earth, of rich soil where the roots are growing and are fed.
I came across a 30-day of minimalism challenge and felt drawn to it so I wanted to give it a try.
Some days were easy but other days really asked my attention. The first day was a tough one, as I had to stay offline for one day. It was clear to me how much I depend and rely on the internet. Even though I deliberately don’t use social media, I often spend some time reading blogs and visiting Instagram. And one so easily look for information on the internet, not to speak about the time I need to make blogposts or add items to my web shops. It’s like it’s almost impossible to live without the internet these days and that’s not an attractive thought to me.
The no-complaint day was a day I needed to be really careful about my thoughts and how I say things. It was a challenge to see difficult things in a positive way or otherwise say nothing at all about it. This day confronted me with the power of our words and how it affects our thoughts, and vice versa.
Following a morning ritual was a pleasant one. Having breakfast together as a family, what we daily do. When the girls were at school, I took the time to slowly drink my tea, read and reflect. This morning ritual is a perfect way to start the day!
If you’re also in for a challenge, I heartily recommend this one! I would love to hear about your experiences. It’s always encouraging to know when one has company in a challenge. So here is the minimalism challenge!
- Stay offline for one day 16. Don’t buy anything for 24 hours
- Meditate for 15 minutes 17. Practice simple- tasking
- Declutter your digital life 18. Unfollow and unfriend
- No-complaint day 19. Go for a walk
- Identify your 3 to 6 priorities 20. No tv (or dvd) all day, read instead
- Follow a morning ritual 21. Journal for 20 minutes
- Streamline your reading list 22. Create a relaxing bedtime routine
- Learn to enjoy solitude 23. Go bare-faced
- Downsize your beauty collection 24. Practice gratitude
- No email or social media until lunch 25. Leave a whole day unplanned
- Evaluate your commitments 26. Identify your stress triggers
- Define your goals for this year 27. Clear out your junk drawer
- Clean out your closet 28. Let go of a goal
- Take a step towards learning a new skill 29. Turn off notifications
- Examine your daily habits 30. Evaluate your last 5 purchases
“I make myself rich by making my wants few. ” Henry David Thoreau