Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. ~ Dr. Seuss
I used to be consumed by the idea of more, the most, always.
Moving to New York City was the solution to everything I could think of, it would fill this unexplainable void. New York was a place that could offer anything and everything. I thought maybe if I worked hard enough, got my dream job, I could purchase the void away. Clothes, accessories, this lifestyle of more. I shortly became addicted but, the high only lasted for a short time before the crash. It was hard to keep up. It started to take more away, making me feel emptier than before.
As some of my viewers and friends know, I moved to London for a semester last year. My months abroad were some of the most challenging yet enlightening moments I have ever experienced in my life. Moving to a foreign country with only three bags to my name, was a lot. However, during that time abroad without consciously knowing, I started living my life with less.
As I packed for my time abroad, I packed every that brought me joy and that I felt would be meaningful throughout my journey. As a fashion enthusiast and shoe junkie, you might be able to understand my struggle. I had to pick the items I absolutely needed or the ones that brought me the most joy. The challenge was tough but, I accepted.
Throughout my time within Europe, I found myself wrapped up in experiences, raw experiences, rather than the stuff that I needed to achieve the experiences. I spent less time getting ready in the morning with makeup and more time planning adventures to new countries. I spent more time taking pictures and staying up late laughing instead of leaving early because my feet hurt due to the height of my heels from a night out. The instant gratification of materialistic “things” stopped clouding my idea of what was meaningful. I started appreciating the little things again and understanding their importance. I soon gained clarity, that purchasing that new, on-trend item would only give me a small dose of the high I hoped to get, compared to the bigger picture of what I wanted with my life as a whole.
I started researching this idea of creating a meaningful life and found many journal entries, posts, and books that were published regarding this idea, this lifestyle. These concepts started to consume my thoughts.
When I came back to the city, I missed my stuff but enjoyed the enlightenment I had gained by living with less and experiencing more. I decided I wanted a happy-medium. This is where I had a personal purge. I not only got rid of multiple bags of unneeded stuff but I got rid of relationships in my life that didn’t have purpose or that didn’t bring me joy. I had time for things in life that truly brought me joy. Again, I started to fall in love with the little things.
I started to make lists of the things in my daily life that made me happy and secure such as, cooking, coffee, creating and, money in the bank. These lists became something I spent time researching and being proactive about. They became stepping-stones into creating my personal journey to my more meaningful life with less…
Cooking came when I got excited about dinner and challenging myself to become a better cook, a skill I’ve always wanted to have. Or falling in love all over again with coffee and understanding it as a craft luxury rather than just fueling my day. My clothes became an outlet for creativity, the question of how many outfits can I achieve with what I had was answered with the items I love. I also fell in love with the art behind a garment being made and educating myself on fast fashion. If I decide not to spend $100 on a pair of shoes, that that translates into a longer vacation at the end of the year… The daily tasks and challenges throughout my everyday life became something that brought me joy instead of a mundane routine that I felt lacked purpose or the “high”.
Yes, I do have struggles, the desire for things and just because I have implemented these characteristics into my daily life doesn’t mean those wants go out the window. So, I try to ask myself and understand why I desire those things and if I truly need them. If they will make me happy or if it’s just a short time high. Instant gratification only lasts for an instant.
So, why am I sharing this with you all…well, it’s because, with these enlightening experiences and lifestyle changes, I won’t be producing the same content that you’re used to seeing. I want the content on all my platforms to be content I feel is meaningful and that really showcases me as a person and the meaningful life I hope to obtain on daily basis. However, I still promise to bring you my favorites when it comes to travel, fashion, and culture but, it will be coming from a different angle.
I hope you continue to follow me throughout my journey and stay tune to the content I will be producing. I am very excited to share it with you all.