Every Monday I post Real Life Minimalists, a profile of one of my readers in their own words (click here for details).
This week, Karen writes from the Philippines. She’s applying a minimalist philosophy not only to her possessions, but also to her relationships and career. Check out her blog to learn more.
Hello guys! I’m Karen, 23 years old and I live in the Philippines with my family! I am a minimalist before I knew what it is called. From time to time, I’ve been de-cluttering my collection of letters and journal books. I also see to it that my closet is not always full.
But then again, I’m just like any other girl who runs in the mall and ends up buying something I don’t really need. Unlike my mother and sister, I can’t stay the whole day at boutiques. And though I’m not the typical shopaholic, it doesn’t stop me from acquiring clutters in my life.
It was last February when my friend, Miss Gorgeous Green introduced me to Miss Francine Jay’s blog (right here!). I’ve read everything from the beginning and I felt the strong urge in me to live it up!
The emotional part of my minimalist journey is to realize the worth of people in my life. I began to weigh every relationship I’m keeping with my friends. Then I realized I have been spending so much effort and time with too many one-way relationships that I tend to lose valuable times I should have spent with the ones I care the most and loves me back. So I started spending time for my closest friends and tried to forget those who don’t need me as much. I’m a sucker of guilty feelings! I hate leaving any individual out of my life. But then the idea of keeping away from them has opened new doors of friendship that are worth to keep!
The best part is the personal life perspective breakthrough. I’m just a high school graduate who has so many dreams in life. I must admit that some of them are just vain dreams resulted from people expectations and envying. Through the years, I lived in fear of taking up any course that I wouldn’t love and end up giving up.
With the minimalism philosophy, I was able to focus on what I really want. I am now working online with the only thing that I really love doing: writing. Since I didn’t take up any college degree, I wish to earn and save to fund my studies in college. I know I’ve wasted enough years but it’s not too late to start dreaming big for my future!
In living as a minimalist, I aspire to inspire more youth out there who are lost in these fast paced generation…
My blog address is: adequate-existence.blogspot.com – I talk about my life as a minimalist, dreamer and ways I do to achieve my dreams – my hope is to inspire more young adults like me!