Simple

Hello

Minimalism. Thatโ€™s whatโ€™s on my mind at the moment. Every little thing about it interests me. The simplicity that radiates from it all is what really attracts me. I am find myself constantly downsizing. My clothes, papers, craft stash, accounts I follow and mailers Iโ€™m signed up to. I find myself constantly cleaning up and clearing out. Its as if all I want to do is get rid of the things that drain the calm and peace from my mental and physical space.

Iโ€™m young. Iโ€™m only in high school, which means I obviously donโ€™t live in my own house. The only space I have that is completely mine is my bedroom. There are other spaces in the house that I share with my siblings and the rest of my family, but my room is mine alone. I love that. I love knowing that I can do what I want in and with that space, and it wonโ€™t really affect anyone else. I feel like excess stuff detracts from the calm. Extra papers, old clothes, unused lotions, unworn jewellery, they all just add to the clutter. I donโ€™t hoard things at all. As soon as I donโ€™t need something anymore, I get rid of it.ย  A part of me has always been a minimalist. Now I just know what to call that part.

Minimalism is something strange too. The thing that makes it strange is the fact that its so difficult to define it. Iโ€™ve been doing research, reading lots about it and listening to TEDTalks and podcats about topics like simplicity, stillness and โ€˜less is moreโ€™. The funny thing is that sources contradict themselves. One article I read gave tips to becoming minimalist. One of them was something along the lines of โ€œRemove everything hanging on your walls as far as possible.โ€ Another one said โ€œPeople seem to think minimalism is about having less. Itโ€™s not. Itโ€™s about having enough to make you happy and no more.โ€ This baffled me at first. I was trying to understand a concept and I couldnโ€™t fine a place or person that would explain it to me. Then, I realised its because actually, minimalism has a different meaning to everyone. To some, its all about possessions. To others, its about living a life that you enjoy fully and wholeheartedly. It all depends on you.

I decided to think about what minimalism actually means to me. It means simple. Only hanging onto possessions that make me happy. Thinking before I buy something. Being mindful of what I say, think, do, taste, hear, smell and see. Only keeping the necessary things in my life. Not letting unpleasant or negative people get to me. Thatโ€™s what minimalism is to me. Its exciting. To have a goal that doesnโ€™t revolve around money or things. Its like having a saving-up list, except instead of saving up money, you just have to learn more and more about yourself to be happy. I find myself finding more joy in the simple little things that are now pleasures to me. Sunday morning runs around the block, weekend ice-cream cones, getting into bed and just thinking, ocean air, comfy shoes.

A really good TEDTalk I listened to recently, which I highly recommend is called Less Stuff, More Happiness by Graham Hill. Itโ€™s a very old one, but itโ€™s still very relevant and I love it.

Stay happy.

Nabeela

(Yes, I will be signing off my posts like this instead now. Its my name and it feels more genuine)

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Friendship Phrase Cards

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With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I’ve been wrackingย my brains, trying to think of what I can make for my group of gal pals in my class. I tried to make many things and they all just felt forced. I wasn’t really happy with the outcome of any of them.

SO, I decided to stick to what I know. Cards. I used record cards and scripted/stamped a phrase that I thought best fitted each friend. I tried out a few, and loved the way they turned out so I whipped up a bunch of them to hand out to my friendsย on V-Day. Here are some pictures of how they turned out:

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Also, lately I’ve been keeping a close eye on local bloggers to see what I can learn from them. I’ve been loving the daringly different recipes on Ben Orkin’s blog.

I’ve been really enjoying my 366 project. If you aren’t already, you can follow along on my Instagram.

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx