Earlier this year, I vowed to participate in a 30 days of minimalism challenge. It was supposed to take place the entire month of June, but lo and behold, life got the best of me and it ended up taking three months. I wish that I was kidding about the last part.
Regardless of its duration, I gained a lot from the challenge. Throughout the time that it took me to complete, I achieved many things that had been on my personal “honey do” list for quite some time. Is there a name for a single person’s “honey do” list? “I’m still cute even though I just ate a pint of ice cream – do list” ? :)
Anyways, here are just a few of the activities that I completed during the challenge:
From left to right: Caught up on reading by not watching TV for a whole day // Took a walk to de-stress by running on the soccer field // Removed followers on Twitter and realized I could never unfollow my dad even though he hasn’t posted since 2012 // Definitely wasn’t multitasking when I watched the 4th of July fireworks in front of the Washington Monument // Didn’t spend money for 24 hours and lived on chicken nuggets // Evaluated my daily habits by overloading on smoothies // Learned new skills by FTP’ing into my blog // Cleaned my closet // Identified goals for the year // Evaluated my commitments by trying out different workout classes // Avoided social media by taking a walk at lunch // Cleared off a surface of my dresser // Enjoyed solitude by visiting the local courage wall // Slimmed down my reading list by buying new books ? :) // Celebrated a Starbucks morning ritual // for the full list see my instagram @crossroadsheart #is2015theyearofthefuture
So, yes, I accomplished a ton of minimalism acts during this “30 day” challenge. But, the difference I noticed the most was the amount of time I dedicated to activities with friends. I attended a concert. I traveled to Ocean City, MD, South Carolina, Arizona, Tennessee and California. I painted the town red with college friends and my cousin and sister.
I was excited to start this challenge because of the organization and prioritization that it would bring to my life. But what I really realized is that when you strip out the junk, when you save the money, when you clean out the closet – what you’re really left with is a whole bunch of memories with close friends and family.
So, if you’re thinking about taking on a minimalism or similar challenge this year or next and want to know what to expect, I would say ‘yes’ be prepared for clean surfaces and identification of personal goals, but also be prepared for a whole lot of life.