Monday, 30 September 2013
Minimalist Monday: Just a Year
Whoop, whoop. Twelve months of blogging... and I'm still here!
On the 30th September 2012 I started this blog after many months of pondering... mainly about the name... but also about the commitment... and the exposure. Should I?... Could I?...
I knew my niche would be minimalism because this is what first drew me into the blogging community. I also knew I wanted my blog to have a lifestyle and style vibe but could I pull it off? Did I have the design skills? The technological knowledge? Enough content? Probably not but sometimes you just have to act a little impulsively and have a go.
Eventually I bit the bullet. I launched myself into the unknown and I was smitten.
It took me a few months to find my feet but I was warmly welcomed by the blogging community both here in the UK and across the world. Slowly connections were made with fellow bloggers and readers - each equally supportive.
I've had my lows. Yes, blogging is hard work and it can be overwhelming to start with. How do you reconcile documenting your 'simple' life with living a 'simple' life? How do you balance blogging and privacy? How do you make time for blogging when life gets busy?
I don't know the answers but I know that sometimes the ideas and enthusiasm flow and other times there are doubts.
Luckily, I've also had many highs. I've stuck with it because blogging has given me so much - confidence, opportunities, inspiration and friendships. It's given me the chance to connect with some wonderful people and to give something back - hopefully a little inspiration to brighten your day.
Three years ago I felt overwhelmed by my lifestyle, commitments and possessions. I started to read minimalist blogs and gradually by paring down my possessions, my debts, my shopping and my working hours I began to find a better balance in my life. The positive impact of these changes inspired me to start a UK minimalist blog.
Just a little less is my mantra. It works for me. I need less stuff, less pressure and more life. Simple stuff really.
I think the smallest changes can make a huge difference to your life. Decluttering one area of your home, purging your wardrobe of unloved pieces, breaking the habit of shopping and finding alternative ways to treat yourself can give you new energy. Somehow reducing physical aspects of your life opens your mind to new possibilities. You start to question how much stuff you really need and what your values are. How much does chasing money, success and status cost you in terms of time lost?
Thank you all for reading, commenting and following Just a little less and I hope I can continue to share my journey, my ideals and my practical tips. It's a journey we can share. I love writing here - both about minimalism and the simple pleasures in my life.
Oh, I nearly forgot, there'll be a lovely giveaway later in October. Something hopefully to inspire you to want Just a little less. Watch this space xo