Are we hiding our true values, or lying to ourselves ?

Are we hiding our true values, or lying to ourselves ?

Are we hiding our true values, or lying to ourselves ?   Over the festive season I took an extended holiday and as part of that, spent a week in Singapore. It’s been about 10 years since I’ve last visited and of course things have changed significantly in this time. In honesty though, I didn’t enjoy the trip. Now I’m going to be careful here, because I don’t particularly want to offend any of the residents,...

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The True Cost of fast fashion and consumption

This is a slight diversion to my normal post. It is however very much linked to minimalism and the effects of mindless consumption in the fashion industry. It’s a story of the true cost of consumption. I watched the movie The True Cost a few weeks ago and found it so disturbing in terms of the consequences of buying ‘a few cheap clothes’. Made all the more personal by my recent move to Cambodia where some of the garment makers...

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Life in a suitcase

Life in a suitcase

The leap of faith In June of this year, I made a big leap of faith. Whilst I’m very much the UK Minimalist, terribly English about things, and love some of the very British comforts, I don’t live there any more. I’ve relocated myself to the other side of the world for a while, quite likely a bit longer than that. Now I’m not about to tell you tales of travel and adventure, of living in various countries or do a...

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How to be free

How to be free

Having started reading through some of the many responses to my Minimalist Survey, there’s one theme that stands out above all the others in terms of the benefits Minimalism brings. Minimalism brings you freedom Click To Tweet In some ways I find this quite enlightening, and in others its so obvious. Freedom is defined as two things: The power or right to act as one wants The state of not being imprisoned or enslaved. Now I know all too well...

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Finding your why – why I became a minimalist

Finding your why – why I became a minimalist

Why did I become a minimalist ? Simply put, I wasn’t happy. Decluttering made me feel enlightened, unburdened and free. The more I got rid of stuff, the more enlightened and happy I felt. I applied the same process to mental clutter, that I had to the physical, that too had the same effect. I spent less time with those people I felt didn’t bring anything to my relationships, both in my work and in my personal life. Some people called me selfish...

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The Minimalist Man

The Minimalist Man

The Minimalist Man, an interesting choice, but ‘The Minimalist Man’ is the title the Telegraph has given me in the article they’ve published over the weekend. For those interested in my story of becoming a minimalist, it may shed some light on how I arrived here from what some would call a ’normal’ life and possibly a ’successful’ career. As the human subject of the article, it tugs a little on the emotions, and putting out there is possibly a...

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