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Journey to minimalism

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Today I wanted to talk about something quite personal. As you may already know (or not), I have a master in Environment and Sustainable Development. Being a true lover of the planet Earth and all species that inhabit it, this master was a real personal achievement. I think that it is my duty, as a citizen of the World, to do everything in my power to live a life that is as much as possible in harmony with the planet and its inhabitants, and not only the current ones but also the future generations.


Until now, I thought that I was a relatively responsible citizen, I recycle, I pay attention to my water and electricity consumption, I try to buy local and organic products as much as possible, etc. But recently, I realized that it wasn't enough and that my lifestyle doesn't always fit my personal values. I realized that despite all my efforts, I was still a part of this overconsumption economy. Yes, I buy, and I buy a lot, especially makeup, clothes and home stuff. Having realized that, I wanted to know the cause of this compulsive consumption, why do I always want to buy... and I have come to the conclusion that the cause is stress.

Last year, I was working at a drugstore, and I didn't like my job at all. At the end of the day, I was tired, frustrated, and most of all, I was stressed out. So when I finished working, I bought a new lipstick, or a new mascara, or a new nail polish, thinking it would bring me some kind of comfort.

Today, the situation is totally different. I changed jobs and I am much happier. Yes, I am tired at the end of the day, but I come home with a big smile on my face and I am much less stressed. And now that I think about it, I don't feel the need to buy anymore. Ok I admit it, sometimes I want to buy something, but it's not an impulsive need and I can control myself. It is this change of job that was the trigger, that made me realize that I had to change my lifestyle for a more minimalist one.

MINIMALISM

The idea behind minimalism is to become aware of your own needs and consumption. It's to focus on what really matters and makes you happy.

There are different types of minimalism, but we must remember that there are no rules. Anyone can call himself a minimalist, because everyone's needs are different.

The aesthetic minimalism | It's when you love when spaces are clean and uncluttered, when you love neutral colours such as white, black, grey or beige, when the space inspires calm and peace.

The consumption minimalism | This is when you want to consume less, not to be a part of the consumerism society. When you want the objects around you to have a real purpose: they are either helpful or they bring you joy.

The possession minimalism | This is when you want to live a life as simple as possible, with only the bare minimal. This allows you to have a nomad life. It's when you don't want to feel the weight of the things you possess.

The environmental minimalism | The idea is to understand that our presence on the planet has an impact. We use, every day, a lot of natural resources. We drink, we eat, we breathe, we move, etc. The environmental minimalism is the desire to use the less natural resources as possible. When you put milk in your morning coffee, it's to think about what's behind it, the cow that produced this milk, the calf that was taken off his mother so we can get her milk, cereals that were grown to feed her, pesticides that could have been spread on these cereals, machines used to harvest those cereals, the land that has been deforested to cultivate those cereals, and perhaps the family that has been forced to leave the land of his ancestors, so it can be deforested and cultivated.

The ethical minimalism | This type of minimalism is very similar to the previous one. The principle is to think about who is behind the object you want to buy. Does it come from a sweatshop? Is the company offering good working conditions to its employees? Is your tee-shirt dyed with toxic chemicals? This is when you always want to know if your own consumption is hurting the health or the well-being of someone.

You can also decide to become a minimalist because you want to invest your money in a clever way. Finally, you might also simply want to give the good example to your children, to show them that our level of happiness is not proportional to the number of objects we possess.

So what do I want?
What I want is not to not consume anymore, but it's to consume better. 
I want to consume more ethically.
I want to consume higher quality products. 
I want to consume more sustainably. 
I want to be clever about what I buy. 
I want to ask myself, "Do I really need that?", "Does this object bring me joy?"
I want to use my money to create memories.
What I don't want is that my own consumption harm the health or the happiness of others. 
Finally, I want to show the right example to my future children. 

So for me, minimalism is to recognize your real needs, to stop worrying about things that are not important, and finally enjoy a simple life.

This video is the first one of a new series on my channel called "Journey to minimalism", in which I will share with you my journey toward minimalism, the changes that I'm going to do in my life, tricks that I'll find, but also difficulties that I'm going to meet.
Obviously, this series is not here to judge you or to convince you to change your life, this series is here to explain why I have decided to change mine, and maybe it will inspire you to do the same.

Marjorie

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