The past years I have changed in a minimalist, I believe. There was a time that I liked to buy new stuff. A lot. Five pairs of new shoes, that expensive wool sweater and hey, that cute dress is a bonus as well. This changed somewhere along my journey. I think it started during my time in Africa, but especially the last year I don’t give anything about material stuff. I won’t find happiness in that. I rather spend my money on traveling.
My wardrobe has been sorted out and there is nothing left. Almost all of my shoes are on sale or are on their way to people who really need them. I don’t have a constant urge to buy something new and I am simply happy with what I have. I don’t need much: as long as I can travel I am a happy girl. Those experiences are more valuable to me than an expensive jacket. I have been wearing the same winter coat for over three years and I don’t care. What I buy mostly is usually vintage or something what I just would like to have for a long time.
By adding minimalism in my life I find other things to bring myself lasting happiness. And let’s face it: that’s what we all look for, right? Minimalists are not looking for happiness through buying things, but by life itself. And that makes me calm. I have a nice house full of vintage and there is really nothing more at, I have the love of my life next to me, we can eat and occasionally make a trip. This is enough. Of course, I buy a new (vintage) chair or a pair of new shoes sometimes and I love it. Minimalism does not mean that you may not have or buy anything anymore (every woman craves for new shoes, don’t they?) but it is a change of your way of thinking.
This constant urge for new stuff, new strengths and new temporary happiness is tiring. If you release this you are free of fear, free of worries. Freedom of overwhelm. Freedom from debt. Freedom of depression. Freedom of these consumer culture we have built around our lives. That does not mean that material possessions are wrong. The problem at this time is the meaning we assign to our stuff at the expense of health, our relationships, our passions, our personal growth and our desire to contribute to the life we have. Would you like a car or a house? Or would you like to invest in your family or in traveling? It doesn’t really matter. If these things are important to you, then that’s great. Nothing wrong with that. Minimalism simply helps you to make these decisions more consciously.
The past few months I have purchased almost nothing. Four things, that is. I have agreed with myself that I may buy one thing a month for myself. Still I prefer to buy presents for others. In Ghent I bought a pair of white leather shoes and a wool hat at a vintage market for almost nothing. I adore them. Furthermore, I fell in love with the beautiful candle holder of a deer in a studio in Arnhem: and I admit, when I fell in love I would also like to have it. And I am very happy with my new leather Clarks I ordered at Zalando. I wear them every day and they walk like heaven. Important, good footwear. I don’t need anything else this winter.
And hey, you can still buy vintage clothing, shoes and interior stuff in my webshop.
* This article has been written in collaboration with Zalando.
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What about her is the blog of philosophical travel addict Laura (1988). She is continuously wandering around the world in search of hotspots and perfect places on planet Earth, while persuading others to follow their dreams. Like to know even more?