Many experiences in our lives change us. We think we can plan things out, but to be cliche, God always has a bigger plan.
Growing up, I wasn’t spoiled. I had to save for most of my purchases and by the time I was in the 10th grade, my mom quit buying my clothes. I remember the first time I went to The Buckle and wanted a pair of $175 Rock Revival jeans. I can’t remember her exact reaction, but I think my mom walked out of the store. From then on, she told me I was on my own.
The month before I went to college, we had a house fire. It was accidental (lightening) and something we never could have planned for, or imagined. Although it was incredibly traumatizing, in many ways, it led to positive life changes.
When you lose everything, your attitude completely flips. You know the Gallup Strength Finder? One of my top five strengths is positivity. I’ve learned to see the good in every situation. After the fire, I didn’t have any of my expensive clothes, I didn’t have any of the gifts I’d gotten from my graduation party and I had lost all of my valuables. What did I not lose, though? My family and my friends. My spirit. Everything that truly mattered.
Being a blogger, it can be hard to not constantly shop and want to share what’s new. There’s a balance you have to have (and a budget) to know what you need and what you don’t. It’s a challenge to embrace minimalism.
I was a pro at living a minimalistic life after the fire. When I purchased new clothes, I thought about the amount of things I could wear them to. When I bought furniture for my dorm room, I thought about what was most practical. Not having anything didn’t make me want to fill a room with clutter, but only have what I’d really use.
This was 2011, and now it’s 2018. I have accumulated a lot of stuff since that summer, but I still tend to embrace minimalism. Last week, I was spring cleaning my closet, and I started thinking about what items I could really wear to more than one occasion (work and play). I’m trying to get rid of all the other clutter.
One thing I realized was how the pieces of denim in my closet don’t go out of style. A great pair of skinny dark jeans or a classic jean jacket are consistent. Choosing pieces that are versatile is the very definition of minimalism in the fashion world.
How are you incorporating minimalism into your life? It’s so important to realize it’s not what we have that matters; balance your wardrobe and your life – it’s a great time to do spring cleaning.