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  1. I’m in a minimalist by new location time in my life awaiting the majority of my things from the moving company shipped three months ago. I’ve become quite comfortable with the three bowls I’d packed and have picked up a few items second hand to make preparing vegan meals easier. I feel better not labeling. Realistically, I am very aware of how much joy I receive from purchases and have adjusted my spending. Hence, what I purchase is not the heavily advertised products and services media marinates our minds into. I am using my vehicle less and resist shopping for items that are not consumables (decorations, furniture). I have financial goals, versus minimalist limits to keep me on course. Acknowledging a spectrum of reduction towards minimalism is valid. We should allow ourselves items and experiences that bring us joy.

  2. Listening to this on my walk today I thought about the way framing minimalism or veganism as an identity can get in our way. I find the current idea that we should all have an “identity” and “brand” off-putting. Those words sound like marketing talk to me, not the way I think about self. For me, minimalism and veganism don’t follow “I am a…” They are just words that have taken on a shared cultural meaning and describe some of the values that I hold. Values are very different from identity or brand. I hold a multitude of values, sometimes they conflict and generate an ethical dilemma to ponder, sometimes one takes precedence over another. Sometimes one no longer has meaning, a new one arises, and new shared language can prompt new or refined values. For example now “whole food plant based” has to be distinguished from veganism and prompts deeper thinking about opposing and not participating in any form of animal cruelty, choosing vegan foods that nourish the body and opposing the harmful aspects of industrial, processed foods. My point is words and labels change over time, sometimes promoting and reflecting new ideas. It is values that I see as deeper, nuanced and evolving but true to and constructing an authentic self.

    1. Hi Alison, well said. You raise valid points. Personal values have more meaning, depth and are more genuine. For us, we’ve been trying to mix values with impact—which has presented its own challenges and perspectives. Your comment has given us some food for thought, so thank you!