About a year ago when I began to initially pare down my possessions and simplify my life, the question people often asked was, why? I simplified my schedule, my wardrobe, my possessions, and more.
My Freshman year of college, I got realllyyy burned out. I stretched myself absolutely thin with time commitments. I was taking 18 college course hours, working over 30 hours per week between three (yes three) jobs, was apart of two college ministries as well as church orchestra, and I was in a sorority. Most days of the week, I would leave the house at 7am and not return until after midnight.
By working three jobs and still living at home, I managed to bring in quite the pretty penny each month. Ideally, most of that money should have gone into savings. However, I am girl who loves to shop. Thus, my shopping addiction commenced. From my freshman through junior year of college, I was shopping multiple times a week. I was either browsing online or running into stores in between class and work. My mind was always on my wish-list and what was going to be my next purchase. Some new throw pillows? A new pair of shoes?
Moving on, my Junior year of college was a not-so-great season of my life. Various things happened, and I was becoming depressed, struggled with anxiety, and just wasn't happy anymore. I was overworked and overtired. I took drastic measures and abandoned all of my weekly commitments.
Basically, I hit rock bottom and realized I needed to make some changes in my life. I first want to say that my faith in God and relationship with Jesus is the foundation for why I live a more minimalistic life. I plan on writing a whole post on Minimalism & Christianity- so be sure to subscribe for email updates to stay updated!
In the Spring of my Junior year, I stumbled upon the Youtube minimalism community and decided to do some research. I realized how cluttered up my life had become, and the changes I needed to make. I needed to re-center my focus and prioritize what was truly important to me. I began to eliminate all time commitments that did not align with my priorities: faith, family, and school. I also began to simplify my possessions and cull my wardrobe in order to simplify all areas of my life.
Simplifying and paring down has truly been life changing for me. It has allowed me to focus on the big picture, and not have any excess baggage weighing me down. Life is short, so why fill it with the unnecessary? Instead, spend it with the people you love, doing the things you love.