2018 | Living With Less

Happy 2018! I hope you had a wonderful holiday. After a great week in Cape Cod with my family and NYE in the city, it felt great to get back to work. I know this is around the time that most people reflect on the year and set goals, and while I will be doing that this week, I wanted to touch on something that has been on my mind recently. 

Recently I have been reading a lot about The Minimalists after watching this documentary. Something I have noticed a lot in the past couple of months is the amount of stuff that tempts our every day life and pressure to buy. The next sale, have-to-have item or deal makes it feel like it is our duty to take advantage and can cause comparison and stress. I am not trying to call too much out, but I am trying to cut a lot of blog reading out of my life. Seeing the amount of time off, constant vacations, and shopping makes me feel bad and as someone with an entry level salary who gets up at 6 a.m. everyday, sometimes frustrated. (How's that for honesty.) I love my job, but your girl isn't jet setting every month here. Piggy backing off of that, the amount of excess promo items that companies send often go unused and is wasted. 

Minimalism isn't about getting rid of everything, but rather prioritizing time, money and value. With the rise of technology, minimalism is easier than ever. CDs, books and photos can be digitalized. I have tried to take small steps in my life with this. I started with my makeup bag- only keeping one or two high quality items of a product (ex: eyeshadow palette, brow pencil) and only go to the store when I run out. It's a small step, but having a manageable makeup bag that's easy to organize and clean makes all the difference. 

This can also be applied to social media. I don't use Twitter and Facebook too much, but found myself following so many people daily on Instagram. I decided to unfollow accounts of people I didn't know, and accounts that weren't close friends or brought me happiness. This may sound weird, but I recommend it for the new year. Realizing that you don't have to follow an account is incredibly freeing. With more time and money, I want to put it aside for amazing experiences, travel and hopefully a move to Manhattan in the summer. Here's to the new year ahead!

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