What Is Minimalism An Introduction To Living With Intentionality

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  1. hello. My name is Yevgeniy. i am from Kazakstan. Can i use you articles for free, in my telegramm?
    i would translate on russian, if you say yes.

  2. This is truly amazing!

    1. Jacqueline says:

      Reading this article I figured out what my lifestyle is ..definitely a minimalist. I fell into it naturally after getting divorced.. then retiring. Instead of buying another house I live in a small economical apartment, own a small economical car but am able to afford travel with friends or family which is what I really enjoy and taking care of my my pets ,along with doing some animal rescue work. I also like photography so the lifestyle is very doable. It just takes some focus (decent credit helps) and detaching from “expensive things”.
      .also my family is raised and im a single person.

  3. Nice topic thank you.

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  5. I have started a minimalist lifestyle by moving into a house less than 1,000 square feet. My goal is to eventually cut our footprint into half of that. I know for sure we can live with less space, because we don’t use it all now. I think 500-600 square feet is smaller, but not unreasonable. For as much as we are never home and are at work…I’ve also gotten rid of cable. I absolutely love antenna tv!! Where have I been?!?

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  8. Armando Chan says:

    I really like reading through a post that can make men and women think. Also, thank you for allowing me to comment!

  9. Hello🌹🌹
    It was very useful👌🏾
    Minimalism society +1

    I started vegetarianism two years ago. I have been vegetarian since I was 19 years old.

    Fortunately, Iran is a very good country and many herbal products can be found there

    With vegetarianism and calisthenics, my body has become better and more beautiful and I have lost twenty kilos and now I am 80 kilos of pure muscle!

    My minimalist lifestyle includes food, working hours, etc. I don’t work more than six hours a day, I go mountain climbing every day, I use raw foods, fruits, vegetables, and steamed beans, I don’t fry food at all I don’t and…

    Thank you very much for your good site. May you always win and be successful. Of course, be minimalistic and vegetarian too 😀😁🌹💐

  10. I just ran into your page and it gives me added perspective about giving fruition to this vision of mine just into me about going minimalist full steam the balance years of my living life. Life cannot be into never-ending “mores”. You are sort of enslaved when a more palatable lifestyle great into Living and Life is within one’s grasp. The move to be Minimalist for me will start now – first low-key revving up as time goes by identifying things whose absence henceforth will make an impact for a more happy and wholesome personality – a life bent on pure total bliss going forward.

  11. Great post and interesting how the application can be different for many people, yet the underlying values are the same. The examples you gave may seem minimalist to those who made those changes, yet to most people in the world earning $30k annually, having access to public transport, safely being able to walk where you need to go, and even buying a shoe-box size house are absolute luxuries. They are all very admirable, it’s just very interesting how the movement is from a perspective of first-world abundance when even simplistic living is what some could only dream of. Hopefully, in adopting a ‘minimalist’ mindset we can make a difference to those who do not even have our ‘minimal’.
    Keep up the great work!

  12. Before, I thought having more wears will help, but by time, these wears eventually gets dirty. Then I realize that it’s not about having more wears but getting cleaned the clothes I wore, before using the rest.

  13. What a nice read, and so well explained. Living the concepts of a minimalist lifestyle myself, I found that it also creates the financial room needed to focus on the things that give me energy and a sense of purpose.

    1. I”m glad you enjoyed the read, Lex. It appears that minimalist living has served you well. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Rebecca Bulos says:

    Inspiring to say the least. It is very timely and in line with my life right now. Many thanks for the clarity and guidance it has given me. All the best to you guys! Carry on!

    1. Hey Rebecca, I’m glad you found this post inspiring. It’s certainly a reflective time of the year — all the best on your journey towards living with more clarity 🙂

  15. I agree with you ! Less is more. Thank you for sharing your experience. Love, peace and compassion.

  16. love this article ,eye opening. I am vegan trying to go raw vegan . love to read on what is minimalism
    thanks for posting

  17. This is so true; I can totally relate to accidentally bringing more and more stress into my life. It’s always a challenge to figure out what you truly want to keep, and what you would be ok with removing (especially when it comes to commitments!). But it must be so liberating once you’re there. Thank you for sharing such a meaningful article; I have a feeling it’s going to change my life bit by bit.

    1. Emily, thanks for leaving a comment. You’re right—it is extremely liberating once you start applying minimalism to your life at a practical level. Would love to know how you’ve been progressing with your changes!

  18. NutmegsMom says:

    Great article! Thanks for sharing your cookbook as well! I started this minimalism journey over 30 years ago but it wasn’t until Leo Babuata’s blog articles kept popping up in social media that it started to take hold (neuro linguistic programming). I ended up backing his crowd-funding campaign for his book, Zen Habits, and with the help of that book and websites like yours, I’ve been able to turn my minimalism experiment into my lifelong journey. I look at my minpin and see how content she is with just a collar, food dish, water bowl, and some toys. I can minimize my things and focus more on what’s important to me too. It took me over 30 years to pare down and unload over 90% of my possessions, so anyone who puts their mind to minimalism can do it too.

    1. Thanks for sharing your story towards minimalism. 30 years is indeed a solid transition, and it just goes to show that we can always simplify. I’m yet to read the Zen Habits book, but I intend to read it on the plane to Europe.

  19. I recently analyzed my life and decided I wanted to enjoy summer just sitting quietly in my garden. I quit quite a few things and feel so much better! This Fall, when my summer job winds down, I plan to move my impossible-to-move-in-office to a larger room of the house and repurpose, redefine a few things and I have to tell I cannot wait! I like my quiet time, alone. I need more of it.

    1. Quiet time is the best Kathy! Glad to hear you’re making the decision to quit commitments so you can spend more time doing things you really enjoy.

  20. This is a very interesting article 🙂
    I too describe myself as being a minimalist illustrator and foodie when working 🙂 Simplicity is the best but getting rid of anything superfluous is something we have to work on everyday! and sometimes it can be hard when memories are involved.
    Nice blog project you two have, good luck, I’ll be following !

    1. Thanks! It’s great to see that you’re on a similar journey 🙂 Yes, it’s definitely a challenge. But we’re finding that the more we declutter, the more easier it gets.

  21. Love this! Just found your blog. As a vegan blogger journeying towards a simpler life, I will definitely be following you guys. 🙂

    It’s crazy how much we accumulate and instead of giving us what we think we want, we just feel weighed down. I’ve enjoyed the process of shedding clutter and feeling so much lighter! Work in progress of course 😉

  22. Eliana Figueiredo says:

    I’ve been talking about this with some friends these days, I need and want to get rid of stuff… Like my TV, cable monthly payments first!
    What I’ve done already:
    Clothes, ( have already a suitcase full to give away), got rid already of VCR player

  23. Wow. What a great start to your site, Masha and Michael. Especially this article. It’s practical, motivational, vulnerable, and a whole lot more. But “more” of the good stuff, of course. 🙂
    Consider me your newest RSS subscriber.

  24. love your website and your proces of following your hearts! I’m a victim of the more-virus 😉 and today was a day that it got the best of me and saw that things need to change.
    Thats when i ran into this blog, must be a sign 🙂
    Will follow you two on your minimalist journey and blog! Thanks!

    1. Hi guys! I would like to know more about if/how minimalism can apply to number of people on have in their lives.

      1. Hi Rie, I’m not quite sure what you mean. Are you asking whether minimalism can apply to multiple people in your life?

        1. Should we evaluate people we have in our lives on the same parameters as we do with stuff as per minimalistic point of view? Unlike stuff, there are lot of more emotional elements involved when we talk about keeping people in & out of lives, so how do you view this aspect?

          1. I see. We believe in Jim Rohn’s quote in that “you’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with”. So with that, we try to focus on those top five relationships—meaning we’re intentional about who those people are. Do they have a positive influence and support you, or do they bring you down? Obviously, this can’t always be helped depending on your circumstance, but that’s generally how we apply minimalism to relationships. Over the years, we’ve also learned that it’s healthy to maintain relationships with those with different or even opposing values, as it challenges us to be open to learning new perspectives.