I wouldn’t say a minimalist has to be a free spirit with a non-corporate job. The two guys who started The Minimalist blog were both in corporate America with 6-figure paying jobs. They started their journey after experiencing loss. It was about figuring out what makes them happy. And they realized it wasn’t something they could buy that would make them happy. So they did the opposite.
So simple and chic, looking at her I see an artist, travel guru, business owner, MBA degree holder, fabulous and foreign (being born in Germany; with her first language–Turkish). This chick is maximizing her 20’s with a minimalism-mindset. I needed to write myself a referral for a consult—her remedy for killing her 20’s was a need to know.
I recently came across a case study done by King’s College in London on how “Overthinking Worriers are Probably Creative Geniuses“. As comical and true this might be, over thinking opportunities make it hard for us to just say “no”. We think any opportunity that allows us to create should have us screaming yes! But in many cases this isn’t true. What we don’t realize is that taking on too much will lack the quality of products we produce for the world.
I made a fairly hefty monetary investment. Not in a new home or a new car. In a design course at a career school. Doesn't sound extraordinary, does it? We all went through school and paid our way for an education. But see - I'm 26 with two degrees (undergraduate and graduate), over three years of work experience... and I'm an accountant/financial consultant. Sooo here I am trying to start over in a field that has no correlation to a financial statement.
Every new year comes with a new wave of optimism. You have a list of goals that you wrote down in order to "succeed" in the new year. You know as long as you achieve what is on this list you will have everything you need. Then that 3 month goal turns into 2 years. That start-up business actually never started. And maybe you experience loss that threw you for a whirlwind and left you off track.
It was awkward sometimes going to Turkey as a child. The black race is very small in their population (if even counted at all), so seeing two darker shades of children with massive curly tight hair bouncing around on the local city bus in a small town, that you can't even point out on a map, can be very odd. But regardless of my people's curiosity, it was home.