“The best things in life aren’t things.” –Art Buchwald
It’s TJ, hello again everybody. It’s day 4, we have our first follower, our first like and now our first logo made by yours truly. Take a look! We were going for the modern, simple, dare I say minimalistic type logo.
So I figured today is a great day to break the news, I am not a minimalist… yet! I mean that’s where this all started. The first time I heard about Minimalism was from my buddy Simon at work, he told me to watch the documentary by the Minimalist’s Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. Now listen, at this point in my life I wasn’t much into documentaries, books, or blogs, why? I don’t know, I guess I just never saw the true value. I was too busy with things, ironic I know. Fast forward a few months, I was in South Korea on a work trip, it was late at night but early for my internal clock (or vice versa) and I couldn’t sleep. I decided maybe it was a good time to watch that documentary I heard about, I was bored, worth a watch right?
That documentary was life changing, however it wasn’t instant. What was instant though was I knew I liked the idea but was it for me? So I bought their book about minimalism. Me? Watching a documentary and reading a book, awesome! It took a while for me to read that book, I’m a slow reader but I really did enjoy it. I talked the talk, loved everything about it but I just couldn’t pull the trigger for some reason. And yet, what did I pull a trigger on, a brand new 50 some thousand dollar truck, I wanted. Is it useful? Yeah. Does it add value to my life? Sometimes. But let me tell you, I had serious buyer’s remorse after it, I couldn’t sleep the first few nights and felt controlled by the payments (I still do).
Do I regret it? No, because it really did teach me a lesson. Just because something is within your means doesn’t mean you should buy it. It is one of my major goals to sell my truck during this challenge and get a sensible vehicle to drive; not a vehicle to drive me crazy with high payments and interest. What helped me make my decision to sell the vehicle was a mix of Minimalism and a book I’m currently reading called “The Total Money Makeover” by Dave Ramsey. It really makes you think about how money is really just time in your life and if it is really worth using on things.
All of this is exciting stuff and I’m happy to be able to share it in hopes to help someone else. Now let’s talk about shaving some of my own clutter!
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I definitely felt chatty today but it’s important to share why we’re doing this. The items will help ourselves little by little but our goal is to be able to help others have this same epiphany about the clutter in their lives and start their journey to freeing themselves with us. But let’s shave some clutter away today. I went through my shaving kits from months/years past, all the left over attachments, broken shavers, razors, an old retainer (GROSS), etc.. Why do we hold on to this type of stuff? I don’t get it but I’m glad to get rid of it! I’ll see you all tomorrow, go shave away some of your own clutter.