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As I sit down to write this on March 29th, 2021, we are still living in a world centered around COVID-19. While establishments such as restaurants and small businesses have begun to open up with limited capacity in many areas and vaccine distributions are on the rise, we are still trapped inside a society limited by this seemingly never-ending virus. It’s been more than a year of missing out on celebratory gatherings, spontaneous travel, and even some everyday activities that we once took for granted. While we are not out of the woods yet, the end is coming. …

It’s been a few months since I’ve fully embraced minimalism. I decluttered my life significantly, but all of that would be pointless if I continued to bring unnecessary items into my house and my life. It becomes a consistent pursuit of owning and doing less, not a one time clear out. While I have always been watchful of my money, now I don’t buy certain things not only to save money, but also to prevent clutter from entering my home and my mind.

Here are 17 things that I don’t buy anymore, now that I’m a minimalist:

  1. Fast fashion clothes

We all have goals–whether these are short-term goals at work, in sports, or in our relationships, we have internal yearnings to achieve certain things in this life we’ve been given. Everyone has different goals and there isn’t a one-size fits all approach for achieving them. But usually, the quest to achieve a goal starts off incredible with increasing wins and renewed energy. But at some point, we are bound to hit a plateau. While it would be comfortable and desirable to continue on these upward trends making leaps and bounds towards our goals, life isn’t that easy. …

An overflowing inbox can easily become a source of stress. Waking up in the morning, checking your email, and seeing that you have 100 unread emails as well as 56,938 read ones just lurking there can immediately send you into chaos mode. Even more overwhelming is having more than one email–I currently have a school email, personal email, and junk email that I use for shopping and other accounts that request an email.–which multiplies this anxiety. A messy email that we constantly yearn to check distracts us from our work, our family, and our desired healthy habits such as exercising…

When I was younger, I used to always play the same song right before I got onstage at a dance competition to do my solo. It was called “Whom Shall I Fear” by Chris Tomlin and it had the powerful lines

“I know who goes before me

I know who stands behind

The God of angel armies is always by my side”

It had a direct application at the time–I physically saw the dancer going in front of me as well as the one waiting her turn behind me. With the encouragement of this song, I trusted that God would…

One of my New Year’s resolutions this year really doesn’t have anything to do with me–well, directly at least. I decided that in 2021 I want to give gifts intentionally. This doesn’t mean that I am resolving to give gifts less frequently, because I actually want to increase my gift giving overall, but I want make my gifts more meaningful and less stress-inducing. Giving gifts to friends and family brings me immense joy, and just because I’ve recently become a minimalist, I still want to communicate my love and appreciation for those people I truly value.

I’ve come up with…

To-do lists can be overwhelming. More often than not, we fill our lists with endless tasks, most of which will fall by the wayside. We might have great intentions by putting 20 items on our list, telling ourselves that we will be a powerhouse of productivity today, but in reality, we will only feel defeated and unsuccessful when the day ends and we haven’t blissfully crossed out all of these tasks. There are bound to be items that we add to our lists that we have no motivation or desire to complete, even if some of them are urgent tasks…

We’ve all heard that the early bird gets the worm. Someone who wakes up at 5am is glorified as having it all together. They run 10 miles, meditate for 1 hour, listen to 3 podcast episodes, read an entire book, shower and get ready for work all before the sun rises. If only that were achievable!

While the morning is a valuable time to be productive and accomplish the self-improvement goals that we all set for ourselves, it doesn’t have to be a marathon of running from one intense task to another just to post on social media of all…

I like to call myself an avid runner. I don’t run record-breaking times, but I’ve developed and fine-tuned this exercise habit of mine over the past 4 years or so. Whether it’s rain or shine, I love lacing up my running shoes and hitting the pavement. Such a simple daily activity consistently fuels my soul and challenges both my mind and body.

As with any habit that’s been practiced over and over again, I have a pretty stringent routine for getting daily miles in. I lace up my Brooks Adrenaline GTS shoes (I’ve gone through 5 pairs of these shoes…

Decluttering your home can be a daunting task. You might be filled with motivation after watching an endless stream of YouTube videos, but you don’t know where to start. Do kitchen cabinets, bedroom closets, or attic boxes take precedence? There’s no right area of the house to start with, but these three simple tactics will help you dive right in to your minimalism journey.

  1. Get rid of the trash first. It’s easy to pinpoint items that you don’t need anymore simply because they aren’t functional. Chuck those stretched out hair ties, expired food products, and even that 2020 calendar still…

Jessica Rose

I am a recent college grad who writes about minimalism, productivity, health and fitness, and more.

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