I recently heard about Enoughism on a podcast episode of The Minimalists. The concept of enoughism seemed kind of…obvious to me since it is basically what I have considered myself to be practicing with minimalism, however, I felt like maybe it deserved a little further look into. What I came across was the realization of just how much we as a human race would benefit from simplifying our lives and recognizing when enough is enough. For so long, I had focused on all the areas of minimalism that you normally hear about: clothes, shopping, home size, etc. Upon further investigation of enoughism, it turns out, we are over-consuming big time. I’ve laid out 7 areas of over-consumption that we are all most likely struggling with or affected by and have dropped some ideas on how we might be able to apply enoughism to these areas in order to create more contentment.
Have you ever had a moment where you take a shower and end up just breaking down in a big mess of snot and tears and you have no idea why? If so, keep reading, this is probably for you. If you have been one of the blessed ones to never experience something like this, tell me…what’s that like? Thankfully, these episodes happen less and less for me and the reason is, I have gotten really good at recognizing when I need to take a friggin’ break. Here are 10 signs that I have noticed are a pretty good indicator that I am burnt out and majorly in need of a break. (The sobbing uncontrollably in the shower one is just a bonus tip.)
I don’t know if there is any sort of movement happening around this, but I felt compelled to speak on it after a family member told me one of their goals for August was to speak kinder about themselves and others. It got me reflecting on my own journey doing this and I realized, there were a lot of things I never really shared with people. So, if you happen to be someone who is hoping to make the world a better, brighter place by spreading as much love and light as possible, here are some things to know before you start the journey.
Back when I started my minimalist journey, I had begun reading in books that talked about how a lot of times we attach ourselves to things. We can attach to titles we are given, people, and of course, our stuff. At the time, everything in my life felt wrong. It felt like I had attached myself to all the wrong things and I was so desperate to break free that I just started decluttering and letting go of stuff. Like I was in a sinking ship and the only way to survive was to start tossing stuff overboard. The more I let go of the more I was forced to face my true self. No more covering up big problems with shiny toys. Now looking back, I can see so clearly how filling our homes and lives with more in an attempt to create a rich fulfilling life can leave us broken and far from the life we actually want.
Back in 2008, my grandparents had moved into an assisted living home. Someone needed to go through their small, rambler home and put on an estate sale. I think it was too painful for my aunt to go through her childhood home, so I offered to do it. My grandparent’s home had always been the one place that actually felt like a home to me. I moved around a lot as a kid and the one constant I had was that tiny little rambler. Just like when I was a kid I loved digging through my grandma’s drawers. It felt like a treasure hunt. That’s why I was kind of excited to be the one to go through everything. I couldn’t help but wonder what treasures had been hidden there for 50 or so years.
When it comes to adopting a healthy lifestyle, the significance of your food choices cannot be overstated. Your immune system’s strength depends largely on what goes inside your body, which is why it’s important to be as careful as possible with what you eat. And with the holy grail that is organic food, you can never go wrong!