A Day in the Life of a Minimalist

It didn’t happen overnight, but over a few years I pared down my possessions, got into the best shape of my life, paid off my debt, jettisoned my TV, eliminated Internet at home, left corporate America, started pursuing my passions, stopped buying junk, and started living a more meaningful life — a life focused on growth and contribution.

I’m more minimized – I wake up after sunrise without an alarm. I always feel rested, without a headache or hangover, anymore. The second my feet touch the floor, I think about coffee. I get up, turn on the morning news and fix a cup. While it’s brewing, I clean the kitchen because, like my dad, it relaxes me. Then, I’m ready to write. Mostly, I write in the morning and design in the afternoon. Sometimes, I’m so immersed that I forget about breakfast until it’s time for lunch. So, I take a break and cook an egg or two, take my vitamins, have some juice while catching up on my social media sites and sorting through emails. Sometimes, the phone rings and I have to handle some business, but most of the day is mine to fill. I have no set schedule (except for my part-time job at the Sentinel), so I frequent the beach for an afternoon run (because the gym is 25 miles away) and I can tan at the same time.  (I love Florida!) Then, I return home, shower and eat (in that order) before settling down again. Or, sometimes, I do yoga in the living room until my roommate and her 3-year-old daughter return. But there is no routine…

The good news is my life is no different than yours, minus the routine. Sure, the details are different, the circumstances are different, but we all have the same 24 hours in a day. We all have one life to live, and that life is passing by one day at a time. The only real difference lies within the decisions we make and the actions we take.

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