The Minimalist versus The Conscious Consumer

In my quest for travel and adventure, I decided that the next step in my life would be to move toward minimalism. It made sense; what I was seeking was more “experiences” and less “stuff”.

So I started selling and donating what I saw I could live without. Goodbye television, farewell excess wardrobe, adiós bulky desktop computer. I purged and purged until I finally hit my stopping point. To become a true “minimalist” I felt that there were still a lot of items that had to go.

But the possessions I was left with, I realized, were ones that were of true value and importance to me. I was grateful for them. I felt that by discarding these items I would be saying, in a way, that I am ungrateful or unappreciative. And that’s when I realized, at this time in my life, I am not so much a minimalist, but a conscious consumer.

So What is the Difference?

In making the choice to become a minimalist, I started researching other blogs as well as reading books on the topic. What I took away was that a minimalist should basically be able to live out of a suitcase! Now that would be to the extreme of course, but their focus is to delete possessions and de-clutter their life, which allows them more freedom.

To an extent I lined up with all of their values, but I hit a point where I felt like I was sacrificing a certain level of my quality of life for the sake of freedom and adventure. I realized I could find the freedom I was looking for simply by being mindful and grateful for what possessions I currently had and allowed in my life.

So my take on the conscious consumer? They are mindful! They are very aware of their purchases, and make them with intent and purpose. They do research on their prospective product or consumer good. They are content with what the currently have, and take responsibility in making the choice to purchase items rather than allowing alluring marketing to make the choice for them. They focus on filtering items in and out of their life through mindfulness, and not always tossing everything out to the curb!

Okay, so which option is right for you? Where are you at? Where are you trying to end up? My advise would be if you are looking for extreme travel and freedom at this time in your life, then minimalism might be right for you! If it feels exciting and liberating, I say go with it!

I feel that if our ultimate goal is happiness and fulfillment, then the important thing is that we are looking in the right places. I know that empty mindless consuming can be just as sad as having nothing at all.

So whether you chose to live happily with very few possessions or you chose to fill your home with lots of things you love and cherish, the important thing is that you made the choice. Consciously. Mindfully. With intention and gratitude.

Peace and love y’all. Eat your fruit! xoxo

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