Less is more, more is a trap.

Many people seem to like a vast choice of everything. For example, things to wear. I can relate to the dopamine hit of new things. Which is fine, but it comes at a cost; the cost of time, energy and money to name a few.

I’m finding that less is more. I used to think the more the better. I used to think more clothes, more choice, more information means more value. But I don’t think that is necessarily true!

For me now, more choice and more information means less value, because it’s too much to process and the real value drowns in the too much. So when you have less clothes, less information, less photographs; you treasure the one’s you have more, they are your absolute favourites and you can actually use them, see them, because they aren’t an overwhelming amount.

I’m very grateful to have the freedom of choice, but I find so much value in being deliberate and intentional with my choices and priorities.

I feel more lightness, more peace, less stress and less overwhelm because of adopting the minimalist philosophy.

For a tiny example, I now have 1 belt and 2 pairs of trainers, which are my favourites. (One’s I actually wear and feel good wearing).

Since being more intentional about all my possessions, and looking at whether I use them or enjoy them or not, I don’t have to fret about what to wear as much, or waste time deciding, or spend money on new things I don’t need or love.

I don’t care if I wear the same things often, that’s really not what matters most to me in life. Less time deciding, more time experiencing. Maybe that’s just me.

“We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much. We have multiplied our possessions but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often. We’ve learned how to make a living but not a life. We’ve added years to life, not life to years.” – George Carlin, 1937 – 2008

I love this quote, I agree with every point except maybe I’d argue we don’t talk enough or communicate enough about honest and deep things, we talk to much surface talk. I want to remember this bit everyday and try to embrace it if I can:  “We’ve added years to life, not life to years.”

How to find and do work you love

What are your strengths, what are your values?

what is your definition of success?

“People haven’t spent time understanding what really matters to them and keep reaching for something that doesn’t mean anything to us but we keep doing it cos someone said we’re supposed to”

What would it look like if 80% of people in the world, loved the work they do? How would they treat the people around them?

“Do the things that inspire us so that we can inspire people to do what inspires them” – that’s what I hope to do with this blog.