I officially started my “Minimalism” journey four years ago… almost to the day to be exact.

After watching the Minimalism: A documentary About the Important Things at the end of 2016,

I realized my innate beliefs and values had a name. I found my tribe. 

 

I have always gravitated towards simplicity, a clean space and an orderly existence.

But after connecting with the film I truly began my journey of exploring all the flavors of this lifestyle and unpacking the why. 

 

There’s no one formula to this way of life and as I continue discover and grow I leave space for fluidity and change.

The first few years of embracing this lifestyle gave me an opportunity to examine all the things I was consuming and holding on to.

The “stuff” part was easy. Letting go of tangible items, memorabilia, trinkets, clothing, books and collectables have never been a challenge for me, however I began to understand that consumption also meant all things that I allow into my space. Being mindful of consumption; what I eat, drink, read, watch, listening, people I connect with and what I say “yes” to are all key to living an essential life. 

 

Minimalism has led me to a deeper state of emotion, a deeper level of calm, pure love and appreciation that I cannot access through the clutter, noise and distraction. This beautiful way of life is ever changing for me. I continue to explore and experiment. I give myself permission to change my mind. When something stops working for me, I let it go. 

 

Living an intentional life and curating my days provides deeper meaning to my existence.

It allows for that much needed space of solitude. It’s within the silence that I receive the guidance.

 

human activity. It is the creation of something new, something that might not work, something that causes a viewer to be influenced.

Art uses context and culture to send a message. Instead of only a contribution of beauty or craft, art adds intent. The artist works to create something generous, something that will change us.

Art isn’t painting or canvas or prettiness. Art is work that matters.

It’s entirely possible that you’re an artist.

Everyone can be, if we choose.

© Jen Ditchik 2021 / jenditchik@gmail.com

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