• Lara Flanagan

Day 6 - 360 days

Day 6 – Saturday 9th January 2021


Non-essential purchases: none

Weight: 67.6 kg– 3.2 kg lost in 6 days

Calories: under 1200 calories

Alcohol: none (day 5 of 6)

Exercise: 60-minute walk, 22-minute yoga

We had another huge day of painting in the cottage but we are now done. The rooms are painted as is all their old furniture. I don’t think I have ever been so tired! I am looking forward to being a fly on the wall tomorrow as they start to put their rooms together and to see what ends up back in their rooms. It will be super interesting to see if much more ends up in the goodwill pile!

What is minimalism?

A 360-days musing......

So, what exactly is minimalism? I think it is one of those words that is largely misunderstood and unfortunately, for some reason, a word that gets people’s backs up. A bit like the word vegan. Just for fun sometimes, I would like to throw into the conversation that I am a minimalistic vegan. I am sure it would be warmly received. Since I have started delving into the world of minimalism, I have heard some strange comments.

An example of a comment someone made after I said I was going to the nearest city to get Archie and Rissie some underwear and things for school….

“But you are a minimalist, why are you going shopping?”

Someone was showing me pictures of their daughter’s bedroom renovation. She had brand new furniture and fittings and she said that her daughter was a bit of a minimalist. I said to this lady that I was a minimalist. She scoffed at me and said, “you are not a minimalist, you have old furniture in your house.”

Finally, someone brought a gift for Archie and Rissie to the house and before they gave it to me, said, “I wasn’t going to bring this, knowing what you are like.” That one hurt.

Being a minimalist does not mean you never buy anything, have an empty house, or live like a monk in a bare room with a hair vest and a tool to flagellate yourself with. It doesn’t mean eking out your life in a loincloth with a basket of nuts and berries.

Minimalism is all about living with less. It is not about living with nothing. Minimalism probably means something different for every person. For me, minimalism is about having fewer material things and living a life based on my experiences rather than focussing on worldly possessions. Minimalism is about less clutter and more space. For me, it is a pursuit of calm and an appreciation of the simplest things in life. It is about focussing on what you need and what brings value to your life. Minimalism is about allowing more space for happiness.

“Minimalism is not a lack of something. It’s simply the perfect amount of something.”

Nicholas Burroughs


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