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Minimalizing my life

Does this add value to my life? Is this something that I need? Is it filling a void inside me?

These are things I have been asking myself lately as I begin to pack up my life and move once again. As an aside, I love moving! It’s one of my favourite things to do! Anyway – do I need all this stuff I have accumulated in the past three years? In the past 5 years? Why do I still have a box of stuff from China hiding under my dresser? Do I think it’s going to suddenly add value to my life somehow? I really don’t think so.

The Minimalists documentary has fascinated me since I saw it the first time back in January. I am watching it again to justify how I’m feeling right now. It is something that really resonates with me, and its making me take stock of the stuff in my life – and not just material stuff. Stuff in my head that I’ve been carrying around for years. It really is time to let it all go.

I was a much calmer person three years ago when I was in China. Coming back to Canada, getting a job that I just needed to have – I needed an income in order to live back here – but it’s not a career. Being an English teacher overseas truly changed the way I thought, and the way I reacted to people. I don’t necessarily want to go back to the travelling teacher end of things – at least not right now with a grandson arriving soon! But I want to feel that calmness again. And I know that having the minimal amount of things will help me with that. I am going to be calm and as stress-free as possible. I want to add value to my life by doing something that means something to me.

So I am moving on, to a new adventure, a new chapter in my life, and my stuff from the past will be left behind, as much as I can. As for the box of stuff from China under my dresser – I will let it go – sometime!

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