How Extreme is Extreme Minimalism?

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Free Ride by Tony Smith - 3D rendering

Free Ride by Tony Smith – 3D rendering (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Could you be the guy that only has 100 things? Could you go without your car, your TV, or your smartphone? Are there boundaries to extreme minimalism or are they just made up?

 

My journey into minimalism has been extreme at times. If I had my way I would live very simply.

 

* I would live in a small city downtown area where I could walk to the local grocer as well as the theater. I wouldn’t own a car.

 

* I would eat fresh vegetables, fruit, bread, and never cook except in the slowcooker. I wouldn’t own a microwave.

 

* I would own a laptop computer and do away with cable, paper, and phones. I would communicate and take notes online.

 

* I would own one pair of ┬áred shoes that would take me everywhere. I would give away the others that I don’t need.

 

* I would work at home in my jeans and t-shirt that I own three of each. I wouldn’t wear black ever again.

 

*I would take care of my body but I wouldn’t worry about makeup, hair color, or what men think of me.

 

* I would use writing as my creative outlet. Instead of gifts I would give my time to make others see their worth.

 

* I would eat simple food that I love. Instead of spending time cooking and cleaning the mess I would sing.

 

* I would not be afraid to take a walk 0r a hike and fill my spirit with nature as it should be.

 

* I would work as a writer and life coach from home filling others heads with my ideas and learning their ideas for life.

 

 

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Minimalism #3 Drink Water

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The coffee habit is not just an addiction but a sentimental activity with my husband. We have spent much time drinking coffee together and its hard for me to let go. I changed to decaffeinated a while ago for a few weeks and I would have stayed with that were it not for the objections of my family. However, even changing to decaffeinated coffee didn’t satisfy my minimalist self. It is not a vital piece of the puzzle. So, my decision to just drink water. Hot water in the morning instead of coffee and drink water throughout the day as I wish. I have to tell my sentimental self that it won’t matter what is in the cup as long as I still want to maintain the ritual of sitting with my husband or perhaps I should recognize that I have a choice to start something new. What will be our new sentimental ritual?

#1 Having Less

#2 Simple Food

#3 Drink Water