âMinimalism isnât well-nigh removing the things you love. Itâs well-nigh removing the things that distract you from the things you love.â ~Joshua Becker
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Over the recent few years of stuff a digital nomad, I got a endangerment to live in Spain, Sri Lanka, Mexico, and Canada for a month or longer. As I didnât have a home wiring and only had one medium-sized suitcase with me (still do), I couldnât really sire to buy new things.
I mean, I would need to put them somewhere, and my suitcase is once over forty-five pounds while most airlines only indulge up to fifty.
Even when I had to go when to my home country and stay there for scrutinizingly a year considering of the pandemic, I knew Iâd be on the road then as soon as possible. So I unfurled to not buy anything other than essential things.
I was never a shopaholic before, but I still felt miserable wearing the same few-year-old gown and watching my friends (not plane mentioning social media influencers I follow) regularly enjoy new things.
I didnât realize that increasingly often than not we only buy things to fill a void or to relieve stress, not necessarily considering we unquestionably need or plane want them. As soon as I figured that out, I started looking for volitional ways to fill my days with joy that didnât involve ownership new stuff.
Today I want to share four things that Iâm ownership now when I want to finger better, which donât occupy any space in my suitcase!
1. Online courses
Maybe itâs just me, but courses that teach me new skills are my favorite things ever! Plane my husband knows that giving me a undertow as a souvenir will unchangingly make me happy.
I have a ton of hobbies and things that Iâm interested in, and each of them could wilt a full-time thing if I wanted it to. So there is no lack of information to alimony learning.
For example, last year I was into photography and took a tuft of courses on the subject. I learned mobile photography, then normal photography, and plane some videography. I studied lots of related things including photo and video editing and plane dipped my toes into stock photography.
This year Iâm learning digital illustration. YouTube and Skillshare are my two weightier friends right now and would probably be the most visited websites in my self-ruling time if I were to track my web activity. It just makes me so happy to ace a new thing I couldnât imagine creating before!
Honestly, I could never understand people who get bored staying vacated at home and donât know what to do. I wish I had flipside twenty-four hours in my day just to fit in all the things I want to learn!
Besides, investing in yourself is never a bad idea. You never know where your new skills might towards useful on your life journey.
You might say that itâs easy to find new experiences when you are traveling, and thatâs true. I often go on walking tours, participate in cooking classes, and find other interesting things that my next country has to offer.
But if you think I didnât invest in experiences when I wasnât a nomad, you are wrong.
My favorite kind was unchangingly visiting an escape room. If you arenât familiar with the concept, itâs a quest where you go into a room full of hints and puzzles, solving which leads you to the next one, and so on until the final thing gives you a key or something to escape the room. Usually, there is a specific theme for the room, you have one hour to escape, and there can be increasingly than one very room involved.
Over the years, with my friends and coworkers, I went to scrutinizingly every room that existed in my municipality at the time (which is a lot). Some were very easy; some were so nonflexible that we didnât get out on time. I remember the one which was veritably visionless and flipside one where they put villenage virtually your ankles and wrists at the beginning, which you have to get out of.
The feeling of nailing flipside quest room can whimsically compare to anything else; itâs like unquestionably stuff in an venturesome typesetting for an hour. If you happen to be a nerd and voracious reader like me, you know what I mean.
Meaningful experiences strengthen your relationships and create memories for years to come. Do you remember every shirt you buy or reminisce well-nigh it with friends? I doubt that!
3. Little gifts for friends
This one is a bit of a cheat, as you might unquestionably get to buy a physical thing.
But, instead of it piling up in your closet, you requite it yonder and finger good well-nigh it. Your friend is happy, you are happy, and your home doesnât get cluttered. Not bad, huh?
Just make sure to only buy things your loved ones unquestionably want so they donât start hating you for cluttering their home. Expressly if your friend happens to be a minimalist.
Wanna know my tideway to unchangingly giving really good gifts? I swear by wishlists!
I have had one for many years, and I made each of my friends and family members make one. Not everyone likes the idea at first, but I promise you, everyone loves getting specific things they want as presents! And donât worry, it can still be a surprise, expressly if their wishlist is long enough.
To support the idea of having less stuff, encourage your friends to add items to their wishlists that arenât physical things. Well-nigh two-thirds of my own wishlist consists of specific online courses Iâd love to take, new experiences I wish to try one day, and souvenir cards for fun things like massages and yoga classes.
When it comes to hobbies and lifestyle choices, people usually know exactly what they want, and you can never go wrong with a wishlist. Without it, unless you know for sure all the details, itâs easy to souvenir someone a typesetting they once have or a undertow that is too beginner-oriented (or too advanced) for their level. If you have doubts, largest buy them a souvenir vellum to their favorite store or learning platform, so they can segregate a specific item themselves.
If you think you need to wait for a holiday or a birthday to requite someone a gift, think again!
The weightier presents are unexpected ones. Try surprising your friend with something they want for no particular reason, and just see how excited they get! They will finger loved and valued, which is something we can all goody from.
And as for you, the process of finding a perfect souvenir and seeing your friend genuinely enjoying it releases dopamine and endorphins, which basically make you finger happier. Win-win!
The last thing on the list of things I still buy is eBooks.
I am the person who used to read 100 books per year and had a full bookcase at home. Now I travel with my tiny Kindle and am increasingly mindful well-nigh what Iâm reading.
With that said, I still love the smell of real books and the feeling of unquestionably turning pages! I still have a few of my favorite bookmarks. But I only buy digital books as it would be untellable to travel with ârealâ ones. I wish I had Hermioneâs handbag with an extension recreate on it, but sadly I donât.
I know many people these days donât read books. With so many kinds of hands digestible visual content options we have online now, books became something of an old era. However, the process of reading still has a ton of health benefits: from improving your concentration skills and vocabulary to releasing stress and uneasiness that is a unvarying problem in most of our lives.
Nothing else can take your mind off your routines and worries quite as an interesting typesetting can. It may only weigh a few kilobytes, but it has a whole world inside.
These were my four things to buy that wonât overly scramble your life! They might, however, make a big impact on your self-development, make you smarter, modernize your skills and mental health, and make you happier. Not a bad deal, is it? Expressly for things that donât take up any space.
I hope you can stipulate with me now that itâs possible to live happily without ownership new stuff all the time. I am not exactly a minimalist, but I like the idea of surrounding yourself with things that bring you joy, instead of cluttering your life with things that only bring you instant gratification and then get forgotten.
Try to fill your days with fun experiences and learning new skills, as your memories and skills are things you can unchangingly take with you, wherever you go.
About Juliet Dreamhunter
Juliet Dreamhunter is the founder of UtterlyPositive.com. She helps people build and alimony a healthy mindset with her hodgepodge of 2500 positive affirmations for everything. In her self-ruling time, Juliet likes to yank coloring pages for stress relief and relaxation, which can be found in her digital shop.