Two years ago I experienced genuine joy while exercising for
the first time in my life. Exercising used to be a tedious chore I only did to
loose weight. I would find myself in this unhealthy rhythm of over-exercising
followed by not exercising at all. When I would inevitably screw up my diet (as
anyone on a diet is bound to do at some point) I would lose my motivation and
I have been consistently running for the past years and have
been jogging every morning for the past three months. Last year I ran the
Berlin Half Marathon and I’m attending another one here in Denmark this May.
The thing I love about running is that (in my case) it
always takes me outside and breathing fresh air. It’s something I do alone so I
get 30 minutes everyday to myself where I am left alone to process my own
Instead of coffee or energy drinks, my morning boost comes
from a 30 minute jog. There is something therapeutic about something so basic,
simple, and natural (basically what our human bodies are designed to do).
In addition to being physically exhausting, a half-marathon
also requires a lot of mental strength. As I trained, I learned how powerful a
positive attitude and an insatiable will can be. By focusing and controlling my
thoughts, I was able to trick my body into doing more than I ever thought was
possible. Nothing beats crossing the finish line after 21.09 km (13.10 miles)! The
indescribable feelings of pride, self-possession, and triumph I experienced
afterwards marked a huge checkpoint on my journey of self-improvement.
I really embraced minimalism when I got together with my
boyfriend Jackson last year. He really inspired with the kind of lifestyle he
chooses to live. He owns a few essential clothing pieces (one pair of pants,
two pairs of shoes, one sweater, three shirts) and his music equipment… that’s
I started my minimalism journey by getting rid of most of my clothes. I only kept clothes I loved and felt comfortable wearing. I currently own about 25 pieces of clothing (without underwear and socks). The biggest impact of having a minimal amount of clothing is that I NEVER have the feeling that I have nothing to wear. I know a lot of girls tend to feel that and fill the void by shopping.
Minimalism means a lot less stress. I really used to
struggle budgeting at the end of the month due to impulsive “bargain buys”. Now
when I see a good buy I think about the product in question waisting away in
the corner, having no use and taking up space. I feel like I’m earning money
every time I tell myself no.
My favorite thing about minimalism is getting down to the essentials and only owning stuff that has value to you. When de-cluttering I give my clothes to thrift-stores and friends and family since I myself almost exclusively get my clothes and electronics second-hand. It’s my way of not supporting our catastrophic consumer culture that piles on to climate change.
Minimalism doesn’t really have any hard rules. I only know that it inspires people to travel and search for alternative ways of living. My boyfriend and I are saving up to buy a used small crossover SUV to live the van-life in. We are both after the type of feeling you get when you have a certain kind of freedom in a world of strict constraints. I wanna explore that in the future.